Report: Sarah Palin Earns $12 Million as Non-Governor

Report: Sarah Palin Earns $12 Million as Non-Governor
Sarah Palin
Robert DeBerry/The Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman/AP

04/13/2010 AT 03:15 PM EDT

Resigning as governor of Alaska last year to join the private sector has worked out splendidly – and lucratively – for Sarah Palin.

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.

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