Former President Bill Clinton has been very good at one thing since leaving office: making money. The Clintons made a whopping $250 million since the Bill’s presidency.
Now, Bill Clinton has his sights set on a new money making venture, a TV series deal with Showtime that will likely make him a lot richer. How much will Bill Clinton make for his series on Showtime? Read on…
Bill Clinton is writing a novel with James Patterson called The President is Missing, which is scheduled to be published by Knopf Doubleday in 2018.
Although this is Clinton’s first novel, he has written four other books, including the famous My Life. For My Life, Clinton received a $15 million advance, and sold over 2.2 million copies. In total, Clinton reportedly earned $40 million from My Life and another book he wrote.
Since The President is Missing isn’t out yet, we don’t have hard numbers for how much he will make. But we estimate a similar size advance, which would be in the realm of $20 million (due to inflation).
James Patterson, Clinton’s co-writer, has sold a total of 300 million books worldwide. On average, he sells about 2 million copies per book.
A Clinton-Patterson book will likely significantly outsell both of their books, if we estimate 10-20 million copies of the book sold, Clinton could make up to $100 million on this book deal.
So how much will Bill Clinton make for his series on Showtime? How much will The President is Missing earn him on screen?
Large premium channel series can range from $75 million all the way up to $120 million. Given those numbers, and Clinton’s premium royalty rate, we estimate that Clinton could make as much as $25 million from the Showtime series.