These Are The 20 Highest-Paid World Leaders

By on May 9, 2019 in ArticlesHow Much Does

Being a head of state (or head of government, as the case may be) is a job that many aspire to and few actually get to do. Normally, it involves long hours, tremendous levels of pressure and responsibility, and relatively little salary, at least compared to what someone at the head of a large corporation might make. With that in mind, it may be interesting to take a look at who the highest-paid world leaders are right now, as well as how much they make per year (all figures are in US Dollars):

Édouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France: $220,505

Jimmy Morales, President of the Republic of Guatemala: $227,099

Leo Varadkar, Taoiseach of Ireland: $234,447

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland: $242,619

Stefan Löfven, Prime Minister of Sweden: $244,615

Lars Løkke Rasmussen, Prime Minister of Denmark: $249,774

Adrian Hasler, Prime Minister of the Principality of Liechtenstein: $254,660

Charles Michel, Prime Minister of Belgium: $262,964

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada: $267,041

Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa: $273,470

Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg: $278,035

Sebastian Kurz, Chancellor of Austria: $328,584

Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, President of Mauritania: $330,000

Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand: $339,862

Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany: $369,727

Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia: $378,415

Donald Trump, President of the United States: $400,000

Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation: $482,958

Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of Hong Kong: $568,400

Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore: $1,610,000

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You might be forgiven for wondering, after taking a look at the above list, "why Singapore?" There is probably a host of reasons why Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (pictured with President Trump above) is the highest-paid world leader on Earth, but some have made the argument that his big salary is in one way a benefit to the citizens of Singapore, as according to the Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index, Singapore ranks as possibly the least corrupt country in the world. It might also be pointed out that Singapore has the highest cost of living in the world, too.

Articles Written by Joseph Gibson
Joseph Gibson is a freelance writer currently based in Austin, TX. His main interests are movies, music, books, and other things you can watch, read, or listen to. Joseph's favorite billionaire is Paul McCartney.
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