Hillary Clinton joins high-brow agency to give paid speeches

NEW YORK (AP) - Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will give paid speeches now that she has left the government.

The New York-based Harry Walker Agency said on its website that Mrs Clinton has joined it exclusively for her future speaking engagements.

The agency represents high-profile figures who give paid speeches to organisations, conferences and companies. Its roster includes Mrs Clinton's husband and former president Bill Clinton and Bono of the band U2.

It is not uncommon for prominent former public figures to join the lucrative speech circuit after leaving office. According to Senate disclosure forms Mrs Clinton filed in 2008, Mr Clinton has been paid as much as US$290,000 (S$359,000) per speech.

Representatives for the Harry Walker Agency and Mrs Clinton did not immediately return messages seeking comment.