Former President Barack Obama made his highest-paying appearance yet in his post-White House life, speaking at the Global Food Innovation Summit on Tuesday.
President Obama flew into Italy’s business capital Monday, and according to local media headed straight for the extravagant Park Hyatt hotel, which can cost up to $9,250 a night.
After bringing the city to a standstill with a convoy of 14 cars, a helicopter and a 300-strong police escort, President Obama’s entourage reportedly took over two floors of the hotel.
Before the speech, the former Commander-in-Chief also took a private tour of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana museum, and the city’s cathedral.
President Obama has enjoyed weeks of holidaying since leaving Washington on January 20, including kite-surging lessons with Richard Branson.
In a move that was highly criticised even by former colleagues, he picked up $400,000 last week for a speech to Wall Street bankers — which he accepted in September while he was still President.
President Obama gave his two-hour speech in Milan at Seeds and Chips, a conference that discussed the impact that “technology, innovation and climate change have on food availability and production worldwide.”
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