Retired NIAID director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has come under fire for his speaking engagement fees.
Critics were taken aback after discovering that he charges up to $100,000 for these events.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ rapid response director, Christina Pushaw, tweeted a screenshot from the Leading Motivational Speaker’s Agency’s website that lists Fauci as a keynote speaker, priced at $50,000 to $100,000.
The website says that Fauci’s career “warrants execution under immense pressure that can alter the course of human existence. His work on domestic as well as global health issues has saved millions of lives. This high level of research, discovery and execution is amazing given the grave challenges he faces on a daily basis.”
Fauci, who was once the highest-paid U.S. government employee, is scheduled to give the 2023 Yale Medical School commencement speech in May.
He delivered keynote speeches at several universities last year, including the University of Maryland, Roger Williams University, and The City College of New York.
According to Forbes, from 2010 to 2019, Fauci’s income totaled $3.6 million, with a high of $417,608.00 in 2019.
A watchdog group, OpenTheBooks, found that Fauci’s net worth increased from $7.5 million in 2019 to $12.6 million at the end of 2021, thanks to investment gains, awards, compensation, and royalties.