The 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate has earned at least $12 million, and probably more than that, since leaving office at end of July, according to an estimate by ABC News.
That's mostly thanks to TV and book deals and lots of speaking appearances worth five and six figures each. ABC says its estimate, based on public records and news accounts, is conservative – and that the actual number is "probably much higher."
Palin, 46, was said to have received some $7 million for her book Going Rogue alone. She will also reportedly earn about $2 million from her upcoming Alaska reality-TV series, Sarah Palin's Alaska, on The Learning Channel.