Boris could make millions from book sales and speaking tour in next career move



Boris Johnson could soon be making millions (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)


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Boris Johnson could soon be making millions (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

After almost three years in power, Boris Johnson resigned as leader of the Conservative Party yesterday, to the delight of some and the dismay of others.

He is expected to step down as prime minister before October, but the opportunities for him in the future are far from limited.

Like previous Prime Ministers such as Tony Blair and David Cameron, Mr Johnson will most likely write a political memoir and go on a speaking tour.

Mr Blair earned up to £5million for his 2007 memoir, ‘A Journey’, and earns up to £300,000 every time he speaks in a speaking circuit.

Mr Cameron is believed to have earned £1.5million from his ‘For the Record’ book, while he earns around £120,000 for speaking at events.

It is therefore safe to say that Mr Johnson, his wife Carrie and the rest of the family will not be short of money after leaving No 10.

Neil Martin, chief agent at speaker booking agency NMP Live, said the outgoing prime minister could command ‘six-figure’ sums on the speaking circuit.



Mr Johnson recently stepped down but future opportunities await him now (Picture: AP)


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Mr Johnson recently stepped down but future opportunities await him now (Picture: AP)



David Cameron has earned £1.5million from his book sale (Picture: Amazon)


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David Cameron has earned £1.5million from his book sale (Picture: Amazon)



Tony Blair has banked £5million (Picture: Amazon)


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Tony Blair has banked £5million (Picture: Amazon)

“For someone like Boris, he’ll get caught by a desk, he’s always done talking,” he said.

However, he said Mr Johnson would earn less in the UK than internationally.

“You tend to find with people in his position that there’s less popularity in their own country.

“So everyone knows that Tony Blair has done extremely well on the speaking circuit, but the British people see your own prime ministers and leaders very differently from the rest of the world.

“Everyone has their opinion on Tony Blair and all that stuff. Tony Blair’s vast income from speaking has come from America and Asia.

“Companies in the UK aren’t going to pay a fortune to hear Tony Blair talk. It’s just one of those things, and the same with Cameron.

“Cameron has made a lot of money speaking, but I would imagine UK bookings are much lower than they are internationally – and that will be the same for Boris.”



Mr Johnson finally gave his resignation speech yesterday after clinging to power as hard as he could (Picture: Getty Images)


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Mr Johnson finally gave his resignation speech yesterday after clinging to power as hard as he could (Picture: Getty Images)

Mr Martin said Mr Johnson would not make ‘a lot of money’ in the UK, stressing that the ‘whole reason’ he is about to leave is ‘due to popularity’.

He added: “While some UK businesses, associations and institutions will pay to hear him speak, as he is our own Prime Minister we somehow know what he has to say in that sense, and his views on many things, and because of his popularity, he’s not going to make a lot of money here.

“He will be snapped up, probably by a large American speakers’ agency which will get him more work in the vast territory of America and Asia than in the UK.”

Mr Johnson also has assets to lean on, which makes him and his family even safer.

The couple own a massive £1.2million home in Camberwell, south London, and they both own 20% of Stanley Johnson’s farm in Somerset.

Mr Johnson is no stranger to book deals, having once been paid £500,000 upfront by Hodder & Stoughton for a book he wrote on Shakespeare.

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