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Tony Blair Businesses Amass £13M Cash

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Two businesses owned by Peace Envoy, Tony Blair, have amassed a cash pile of more than £13m after a key part of his empire enjoyed a jump in profits.

Since stepping down from politics in 2007, Blair has received millions of pounds from a mix of business interests that include advising governments, consultancy work for US investment bank JP Morgan and the lucrative international speaking circuit.

He has insisted he does not want to be "super-rich", and has said his income pays for philanthropic projects, including development work in Africa and an inter-faith charity. But after rapidly becoming one of the highest paid public speakers in the world and flying around by private jet he has faced some criticism for his lifestyle.

One of Blair's most high-profile ventures has been advising the Kazakh government under a contract with Tony Blair Associates.

His involvement with a regime denounced by Amnesty International over its "disgraceful" record on human rights has drawn criticism. But Blair has said he is working with the government to push through a programme of political and economic reform.

Well, the Kazakhs think he's worth it.

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I always assumed that the catholic church accepted his christian credentials out of a sense of irony...

To be fair Blair is serving a higher purpose by amassing so much money, namely ensuring Gordon Brown's continued envy and torment.

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To be fair Blair is serving a higher purpose by amassing so much money, namely ensuring Gordon Brown's continued envy and torment.

I get the impression that Brown has been surprisingly humbled by his failures (well, surprising for a politician).

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I get the impression that Brown has been surprisingly humbled by his failures (well, surprising for a politician).

Doubt it.

He's hardly turning up in to the commons every day to somehow make amends.

He's round the world rattling his tin, trying to get a high paying international job.

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Doubt it.

He's hardly turning up in to the commons every day to somehow make amends.

You say that as though it's a bad thing ;)

He's round the world rattling his tin, trying to get a high paying international job.

Possibly, but so far his appointments have been fairly modest. Either he's even more incompetent than I had previously imagined or he is not seeking such a job.

My contempt for Brown remains unalloyed, but that's mainly associated with his idiocy rather than his morals. Brown gets to wear a dunce cap, Blair goes to hell.

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