How much Mark Cuban, Carly Fiorina, and Richard Branson make in speaking fees

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A day after ending her presidential bid, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina announced she's hitting the speaking circuit. She's not the only one who's profiting from time on the national stage.

Carly Fiorina will not be running the country, but the former Hewlett-Packard CEO appears to have come up with a smart business plan for herself.

Scarcely a day after ending her bid to secure the Republican nomination for president, she reportedly has jumped on the lucrative speaking circuit bandwagon. The news was reported by the The Los Angeles Times Thursday, citing an email from Worldwide Speakers Group, a celebrity speakers outfit.

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Though she's hardly the first failed candidate to market her personal brand in this way following a turn on the national stage, it's nonetheless a savvy entrepreneurial move. Many former candidates have parlayed their exposure into big-money speaking tours, as well as book deals and spots as pundits on TV news shows.

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Of course, you don't have to run for president to command huge speaking fees. Just ask famous entrepreneurs such as Mark Cuban and Richard Branson. Clearly, the higher you can raise your public profile -- in politics or in business -- the more money will follow.

It's not yet determined how much Fiorina will charge going forward, but she pulled in $786,000 in fees in 2014, according to Fortune. (Fiorina's campaign did not immediately return an email request for comments.) Here's a look at how she stacks up against other politicians and entrepreneurs:

1. Current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is one of the highest-paid public speakers in the world, reportedly reeling in up to $1.5 million per speech.

2. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, reportedly charges as much as $115,000 for engagements.

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3. Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson reportedly gets $100,000 to talk at events.

4. Internet entrepreneur, Shark Tank host, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is reportedly paid $50,000 to $100,000 to give motivational talks.

5. Former Massachusetts governor, 2012 Republican presidential nominee, and private equity fund chief executive Mitt Romney reportedly earns up to $70,000 per speech.

6. Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has reported earning between $50,000 and $100,000 for speeches prior to his campaign.

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7. Republican candidate and former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who also has been a real estate developer and a private equity fund manager, reportedly commands $50,000 per speaking engagements.

8. Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee reportedly earned about $1 million between 2014 and 2015 in speaking fees. He can make up to $32,000 per speech.

9. Former Godfather's Pizza chief executive and 2012 Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain reportedly earns $25,000 per speech.

10. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, a 2008 presidential candidate and security firm entrepreneur, reportedly has earned at least $9 million in speaking fees. His highest paid gig was reportedly for Sage Capital, where he earned $270,000 in 2005.

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