Highest-Paid Political Leaders In The World

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In 2010 Kenya’s prime minister, rejected the pay increase he was awarded by the country’s parliament. MPs had granted Mr Odinga a raise to nearly $430,000 a year, while giving themselves a 25% increase to $161,000. This boost placed Mr Odinga among the highest-paid political leaders in the world. More worryingly, his salary would be some 240 times greater than the country’s GDP per person (measured on a purchasing-power parity basis).

Lee Hsien Loong, the prime minister of Singapore, tops the list of selected leaders’ salaries. He is paid more than 40 times the city-state’s GDP per person. At the other end of the scale, Manmohan Singh, the prime minister of India, reaffirms his reputation for saintliness by taking a modest sum of US$4,106 annually from Indian taxpayers.


1.Lee Hsien Loong


Prime Minister Of Singapore

Annual Salary–  US$2,856,930 (S$3,870,000)



2.Donald Tsang


Chief Executive of Hong Kong

Annual Salary–  US$513,245



3.Raila Odinga


Prime Minister of Kenya

Annual Salary–  US$427,886



4.Barack Obama


President Of United States

Annual Salary–  US$400,000



5.Nicolas Sarkozy


President of France

Annual Salary–  US$345,423 (€240,000)



6.Stephen Harper


Prime Minister of Canada

Annual Salary–  US$296,400



7.Mary McAleese


President of Ireland

Annual Salary–  US$287,900



8.Julia Gillard


Prime Minister of Australia

Annual Salary–  US$286,752



9.Angela Merkel


Chancellor of Germany

Annual Salary–  US$283,608



10.Naoto Kan


Prime Minister of Japan

Annual Salary–  US$273,676



11.Jacob Zuma


President Of South Africa

Annual Salary– US$272,280



12.John Key


Prime Minister of New Zealand

Annual Salary– US$271,799



13.David Cameron


Prime Minister of United Kingdom

Annual Salary– US$215,390



14.Ma Ying-jeou


President of Taiwan(Republic Of China)

Annual Salary– US$184,200



15.Lee Myung-bak


President of South Korea

Annual Salary– US$136,669



16.Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono


President Of Indonesia

Annual Salary– US$124,171



17.Shimon Peres


President Of Israel

Annual Salary– US$120,814



18.Dmitry Medvedev


President Of Russia

Annual Salary– US$115,000


Source: Economist.com