27/03/2013 08:50 GMT

David Miliband 'Could Earn Hundreds Of Thousands Of Dollars' At International Rescue Committee

David Miliband could be earning a salary four times that of his backbench MP's pay when he moves across the Atlantic, but the elder brother has already been moonlighting at several lucrative jobs while remaining MP for South Shields.

The former Foreign Secretary has been appointed chief executive and President of the International Rescue Committee in New York.

Miliband attending a charity cocktail party when he was Foreign Secretary

He replaces George Rupp, the former president of New York's Columbia University, who had announced in February that he was to step down, telling colleagues: "Periodic change is essential for the long-term vitality of institutions and the individuals who lead them."

According to Forbes, George Rupp earned $429,705 a year in 2009 (£283,353) the highest salary at the charity.

The salary is more than the £139,355 Leader of the Opposition salary he would have earned if he had won the Labour leadership contest.

David Miliband has earned almost £1m since Labour lost the election. Despite being an Arsenal supporter, he has earns £75,000 as Vice-Chairman and non-executive director of Sunderland AFC.

According the latest register of member's interests, he commands up to £20,000 per event as a speaker.



  • £15,000 for speaking at the Simonsen annual dinner, Simonsen Advokatfirma DA, Oslo, Norway on 26 April 2012. Travel and accommodation also paid, value £1,711.
  • £14,000 for speaking at Global Arc event at the Landmark Hotel, London, on 23 May 2012.
  • £14,000 for speaking at Cameron McKenna LLP Partner Dinner at Claridge’s Hotel, London on 14 June 2012.
  • £12,750 for speaking at St James’ Place Wealth Management annual meeting event at The O2, London on 25 January 2013.
  • £12,500 for speaking to the Bridgepoint annual meeting of investors on 9 May 2012.
  • £2,250 for attending roundtable discussion at Danish Media Festival on 12 November 2012. Travel and accommodation also paid; value £2,923.


  • £18,000 as Senior Global Advisor, Oxford Analytica; from 10 March 2011
  • £90,001-£95,000 as Senior Advisor to VantagePoint CleanTech Advisory Council, from 1 August 2011.
  • £60,001-£65,000 as Member of the Advisory Board to the Sir Bani Yas Forum hosted by the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chatham House
  • £64,475 from the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PO Box 1, Abu Dhabi, UAE. (Registered 29 November 2012)
  • £4,935 for transport and accommodation to Sir Bani Yas Forum on Future of Middle East, 15-18 November 2012, provided by Foreign Ministry of UAE
  • £15,121 as Senior Advisor to Indus Basin Holdings in Islamabad, Pakistan, from 30 January 2012. Payment on a quarterly basis.
  • £4,650.63 for travel and accommodation for a week’s teaching from 2 to 7 April 2012 at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, but no fee paid.


  • £2,000 for article published in the Daily Mail on 3 December 2012
  • £450 for article in Evening Standard published 22 October 2012


Two Olympic tickets; total value £840 from Prudential Plc


  • £8,717.22 travel and accommodation from Pew Environment Group to visit Singapore to attend the Economist World Oceans Summit
  • £2,043 for travel and accommodation from Government of Jordan to attend the Aqaba foreign policy forum
  • £4,995 for travel and accommodation from Africa Governance Initiative to visit South Sudan to give pro bono advice on organisation of government
  • £4,000 for travel and accommodation from the Embassy of the State of Qatar to attend and speak at the 12th Doha Forum conference on Middle East Security.
  • £5,895.64 for travel and accommodation from Chief Executives Organisation, Maryland, USA to attend and speak at the CEO Global Leaders Forum
  • £4,942 for travel and accommodation for Indus Basin Holdings in Lahore, Pakistan to meet with businesses and politicians


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