Billion dollar Boris? Nigel Farage says PM will earn MILLIONS in US because of his close friendship with Trump – and can use Carrie to woo the Bidens
Boris Johnson will make so much money from US TV networks, books and big businesses when he leaves Downing Street he ‘might not even bother with the UK’, experts told MailOnline today.
His tenure in No 10 will soon be over and the outgoing Prime Minister is tipped to make £100million – especially if he stays married to Carrie.
Mrs Johnson’s passion for net zero has rubbed off on her husband and softened his image, as well as helping him ‘bond’ with Joe Biden and his First Lady Jill – a new link that will supercharge his potential earnings.
Nigel Farage told MailOnline that the outgoing PM will look to conquer America and rake in huge sums from its TV channels and speech circuit. A move to the US could even happen.
The Brexiteer said: ‘I was on Fox News, Fox Business and MSNBC last night and told them: “You can expect to see a lot of Boris, very very soon”. He was born in New York and got on well with both the last US Presidents.
‘Trump liked him and with the help of Carrie he has bonded with Biden on net zero. They have seemed very pally at the G7, and not being tied just to Trump will open him up to the JP Morgans of this world. The money on offer for him in the US is so huge he might not even bother with the UK’.
PR guru and brand expert Mark Borkowski, who believes Boris could make £100million in the next five years if he stays with Carrie, said today that leaving No 10 now would help maximise his earnings.
He said: ‘Boris Johnson should leave Downing Street now’ to ‘unshackle the bonds and grab the cash’. ‘There will be TV appearances, lecture tours, especially in the US. He has an obvious link with Trump and Americans will understand how he has tried to grip on to the rump of power like Trump did’, adding: ‘Remember he has a large family to support’.
Mr Johnson says he will leave Downing Street by the Autumn – opening up endless opportunities to make ‘cash by the barrowful’ like his predecessors and he could soon rival Tony Blair as Britain’s richest living former PM.
And the odds of him appearing on a reality show such as Strictly or I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here have also been slashed to as little as 12/1 if he chooses to quit as a MP.
Mr Borkowski said: ‘Boris is going to make loads and loads of money – tens of millions of pounds or more. Imagine how many people will want to read the memoirs about Brexit, Partygate and his final days in No 10.
‘He and Carrie are not Posh and Becks but she is no fool – together they are a force to be reckoned with – and I expect him to milk every ounce out of it’, adding: ‘Remember he has a large family to support’.
Tony Blair is estimated to be worth up to £100million – with a family property portfolio worth around £35million.
If and when Mr Johnson writes his memoirs he can expect to be paid at least £4.5million in advance, based on what David Cameron earned from his in 2018, and would likely earn £100,000 per speech – the rate believed to be charged by Theresa May for some engagements.
Before marrying Carrie Symonds, the Tory leader was forced to split his £6.5million fortune including cash and assets such as their family home when his second wife Marina divorced him after 25 years.
Boris is said to have raged to aides about his now wife ‘buying gold wallpaper’, saying he couldn’t afford the No 10 flat renovations that cost ‘tens and tens of thousands’.
And when he entered No 10 he had to give up his £275,000-a-year for a weekly Daily Telegraph column and concentrate on work rather than writing history books. He will likely have the time to start this work again, probably at a much-higher rate.
David Cameron is believed to be worth around £37.8million, contributed in part to by the wealth of his wife Samantha, a successful businesswoman who is the eldest daughter of a Baronet.
Since resigning as Prime Minister in 2016, David Cameron has earned £1.6m in private work including consultancy and speaking engagements. He denied claims by the BBC that he made £7million from Greensill Capital before the finance company collapsed.
Gordon Brown, who after years of trying became PM in a short-lived reign, is said to be worth around £10million. While he was in Parliament he was earning up to £1.3million-a-year for speeches, but the former chancellor didn’t keep a penny and donated it to charities supported by him and his wife Sarah.
Mr Johnson’s predecessor Theresa May, 65, has reportedly earned more than £2.1 million on the lucrative speaking circuit in the three years since leaving Downing Street.
Theresa May was paid £109,000 for a five-hour speaking engagement, it was revealed last month.
According to the Register of Members’ Financial Interests, the former Prime Minister received the sum in May for a speaking engagement with the Danish Bar and Law Society in Copenhagen.
Other earnings declared on the register include an advance payment of approximately £160,370 from JP Morgan Chase in April 2020 for two speaking engagements which were cancelled.
Both were rescheduled and took place on 18 March 2021 and 16 November 2021.
She also received around £46,800 for a virtual speaking event from Cuyahoga Community College Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. It lasted four hours, according to the register.