Top 20 Highest Paid Political Leaders In The World

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The Leader of any country in the world is usually responsible for the well being of his/her country and this is a great responsibility and its only fair that they are well compensated for this ernomous task bestowed on them by their country.

We take a mild look at some of the highest political leaders in the world today. Here’s our top 20 below.

20. Uhuru Kenyatta (President Of Kenya) – $132,000


Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta; is the 4th and current President of Kenya, in office since 2013.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta took a 20% pay cut, his essential pay is presently $132,000 per annum while the previous president Raila Odinga earned $427,886 per annum.

That was amazing 240 times that of a normal Kenyan resident. As per Forbes, Kenyatta has a total assets of $500 million.

19. Mark Rutte (Prime Minister of the Netherlands) – $170,000


Mark Rutte is a Dutch politician who has been the Prime Minister of the Netherlands since 14 October 2010 and the Leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy since 31 May 2006.

He makes $170,000 every year. The Prime’s pay Minister of Netherlands is €144,000 (counting €7887.24 cost).

18. Ma Ying-jeou (President of Taiwan) – $184,000


Ma Ying-jeou is a Taiwanese politician who is the current President of the Republic of China. Previous roles include Justice Minister and Mayor of Taipei.

He was also the Chairman of the Kuomintang in 2005–2007 and 2009–2014.

17. Park Geun-hye (President of South Korea) – $187,000


The South Korean president took a 1.7% (3,851,000 won) increase to 196,404,000 won (approximately $187,000).

16. Olafur Ragnar Grímsson (President of Iceland) – $188,000


Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, is the fifth President of Iceland, having served since 1996; he was unopposed in 2000, re-elected for a third term in 2004, re-elected unopposed for a fourth term in 2008 and re-elected for a record fifth term in 2012.

His annual income is $188,000. The monthly salary of the President of Iceland is 2,048,229 ISK.

15. Sauli Niinistö (President of Finland) – $190,000


Sauli Väinämö Niinistö is a Finnish politician who became the 12th President of Finland in 2012. A lawyer by education, Niinistö was Minister of Finance from 1996 to 2003 and the National Coalition Party candidate in the 2006 presidential election.

He presently receives an annual salary of €160,000.

14. ShinzO Abe (Prime Minister of Japan) – $202,700


Shinzō Abe is the Prime Minister of Japan, re-elected to the position in December 2012. Abe is also the President of the Liberal Democratic Party and chairman of the Oyagaku propulsion parliamentary group.

He earns $202,700 annually.

13. David Cameron (Prime Minister of the United Kingdom) – $215,000


David William Donald Cameron is a British politician who has served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom since 2010, as Leader of the Conservative Party since 2005 and as the Member of Parliament for Witney since 2001.

As of now the Prime Minister gets £142,500 including a pay of £65,737 as an individual from parliament. Until 2006, the Lord Chancellor was the most generously compensated individual from the legislature in front of the Prime Minister.

12. Francois Hollande (President of France) – $230,000


François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande is a French politician. He is the current President of France, as well as Co-prince of Andorra, since 2012.

The president’s gross pay, which dramatically multiplied under Mr Sarkozy, took a slice to €14,910 a month from €21.

11. Giorgio Napolitano (President of Italy) – $270,000


Giorgio Napolitano OMRI is an Italian politician who was the 11th President of Italy from 2006 to 2015. Due to his dominant position in Italian politics, critics often refer to him as Re Giorgio.

His yearly pay is €230,000. A senior shorthand author in the parliament gains up to €270,000 every year. The yearly bill for working the lower place of the Italian parliament costs as much as those of countries like Germany and Britain.

10. Jacob Zuma (President of South Africa) – $272,000

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His yearly pay is €230,000. A senior shorthand author in the parliament gains up to €270,000 every year.

The yearly bill for working the lower place of the Italian parliament costs as much as those of countries like Germany and Britain.

9. Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany) – $283,608

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Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician and former research scientist who has been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005 and the Leader of the Christian Democratic Union since 2000. She is the first woman to hold either office.

Angela Merkel is the pioneer of Europe’s biggest economy. She pulls in a yearly compensation of $283,608. Numerous will say she merit the compensation, she is a unique modeler of the 28-part European Union.

8. John Key (Prime Minister of New Zealand) – $290,000

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John Phillip Key is the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand, in office since 2008. He has led the New Zealand National Party since 2006.

His yearly compensation is $290,000. It is around 10 times the compensation of a normal New Zealand subject.

7. Stephen Harper (Prime Minister of Canada) – $296,400


Stephen Joseph Harper PC MP is a Canadian politician who is the 22nd and current Prime Minister of Canada and the Leader of the Conservative Party. Harper became prime minister in 2006, forming a minority government after the 2006 election.

PM Stephen Harper is six on the rundown with a pay of US$296,400 yearly.

6. Xavier Bettel (Prime Minister of Luxembourg) – $340,000


Xavier Bettel is a Luxembourgish politician and lawyer, serving as Prime Minister of Luxembourg since 4 December 2013 after succeeding Jean-Claude Juncker.

His yearly wage is $340,000. He has beforehand served as Mayor of Luxembourg City. He is an individual from the Luxembourg Democratic Party.

5. Michael D. Higgins (President of Ireland) – $340,000


Michael Daniel Higgins is the ninth and current President of Ireland, in office since 11 November 2011. Higgins is a politician, poet, sociologist, author and broadcaster.

Higgins yearly compensation is $340,000; subsequent to taking office he asked for that his pay be diminished by 23.5 percent from €325,000 to about €250,000.

4. Tony Abbott (Prime Minister of Australia) – $345,000


Anthony John “Tony” Abbott is an Australian politician who was the 28th Prime Minister of Australia from 18 September 2013 to 15 September 2015.

The 28th Australian Prime Minister pulls in a an annual income of $345,000.

3. Barack Obama (President of United States) – $400,000


Barack Hussein Obama II is the 44th and current President of the United States, and the first African American to hold the office.

The President’s compensation of the United States of America was multiplied amid George Bush Junior’s residency.

2. CY Leung (Chief Executive of Hong Kong) – $530,000


Leung Chun-ying GBM, GBS, JP, also known as C. Y. Leung, is the third and incumbent Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. He assumed office on 1 July 2012.

At a staggering $530,000, his yearly pay is about 12 times that of a normal national of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; more than 27 times the compensation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who procures $19,000 per annum, only 10,000 yuan for every month.

1. Lee Hsien Loong (Prime Minister of Singapore) – $1,700,000


Lee Hsien Loong is a Singaporean politician. He is the third and current Prime Minister of Singapore, and has been in office since 2004. He is the eldest son of Singapore’s first Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong takes home $1,700,000 (S$2.2M) consistently. The pay is more than 30 times that of a normal Singaporean. Between 2008 to 2012, he earned $2,856,930 (S$3,870,000) every year.

Taking after people in general misery of his high compensation, the PM took a 28% paycut lessening his pay to S$2.2 million (US$1.7 million).


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