Comments: Wikimedia Foundation Form 990, Jimmy Wales Speaking Fee $75,000+ ("salary")

I'm a bit disappointed, Seth. You didn't mention that this document covers July 2007 through June 2008. So, the only "paid" personnel during that span (according to 2007 calendar end W-2's) were Brad Patrick (shown the door in April 2007, so his pro-rated compensation was $140K annually), Carolyn Doran (no comment), Brion Vibber, Mike Godwin, and Sue Gardner. We need to wait for NEXT year's Form 990 to really begin seeing the results of Gardner's big push for executive pay ($472,000 set aside for her and the Deputy Director's compensation, alone).

My full reply is posted here:

Posted by Gregory Kohs at May 15, 2009 11:12 AM

Really? Jimmy's fee is MORE than Jimmy Carter's??

Posted by Joe at May 15, 2009 11:21 AM

Carter is probably a more decent human being and asks that any offsetting fees go to Habitat for Humanity, or, I wouldn't be surprised if Carter donates most of his after-expense income to charity, anyway.

Posted by Gregory Kohs at May 15, 2009 11:57 AM

Am I reading that correctly -- he's pulling down at least $75,000 per speech?

Posted by Rogers Cadenhead at May 16, 2009 10:48 AM

Gregory: I suspect that sum includes other items.

Rogers: That's what the bureau says is his asking price. Remember, he's at the Harry Walker Agency", and those folks deal in very high cost "talent".

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at May 16, 2009 10:46 PM

I never understand the high speaking fees. I cant imagine being that interested in what the wikipedia guy has to say that I would pay too much for an entrance fee.

But I guess I must be alone on that.

Posted by Jill at May 18, 2009 02:34 AM


"During the opening keynote remarks Tuesday at the ad:tech 2009 San Francisco, Wales told attendees that newspapers and traditional media companies cannot compete alone in online media.

"They should just give up," he said (...)"

By the way, $75,000 per speech is not the top fee in the biz. Lech Walesa recently was paid 100,000 euros (135,000 U.S. dollars) for an engagement.

Posted by GMW at May 18, 2009 03:30 PM

Jill: He's telling them about getting lots of unpaid workers. They're very interested in that.

GMW: Certainly not the top. But it's up there.

Posted by Seth Finkelstein at May 18, 2009 11:36 PM