Henry David Thoreau once said wealth is the ability to fully experience life. There are those who are privileged to enjoy the good side of life while others die to try. A good leader is one who acquires affluence while empowering his people. Promoting equal opportunity and eradicating elements of discrimination, poverty, and ignorance, is morally right and seconded. Richest world leaders can be classified based on their respective salaries in dollars. The salaries also depend on the current performance of their economies. Then top earners presidents and heads of states is a list of the wealthiest heads of state and prime ministers in the developed and emerging economies.
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10. Dilma Rousseff
President Dilma is the 36th president of Brazil and the first woman to hold such a post. She joined the committee that formulated the Energy policy of presidential aspirant Luiz Inacio Lula back in 2002. After winning the elections, Luiz appointed her as the Minister of Energy in 2005. She stayed in office until 2010 when she stepped down to run for the presidency. Her current salary stands at $120,000 per year.
9. Matteo Renzi
Matteo Renzi is the current Prime Minister of Italy and has been in office since February 2014. He is also the Secretary of Democratic Party and has held the post since December 2013. In June 2004, he was elected as the President of Florence Province. He was the youngest person to become the president of an Italian province. President Matteo enjoys numerous compensations including an annual salary of $124,600.
8. Vladimir Putin
Russia is currently facing a devastating financial crisis due to the dilapidating value of the Russian ruble. This situation has been contributed by the dwindling investor confidence in the Russian economy. Consequently, they have decided to sell off their property to express their mistrust. President Putin decided to decrease his salary by 10% after this worst crisis. He now earns $136,000 per annum.
7. Francoise Hollande
The incumbent president of France has been in office since his election in 2012. He was formerly the secretary of the French Socialist Party from 1997 to 2008. He made an appearance in the National Assembly twice representing Correze from 1988 to 1993 and from 1997 to 2012. Following his opponent’s arrest for alleged sexual assault, he began to lead the opinion polls. After a series of debates and ballot contests, he emerged the winner. President Hollande earns an annual salary $194,300. This comes amid 30% pay cut which was yet to be implemented. He would have earned $274,522 without the deductions.
6. Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe is the current Japanese Prime Minister after being re-elected in 2012 under the Liberal Democratic Party. He served a single year as a Primer Minister from 2006 to 2007 before making a major comeback. He became the first Prime Minister to return to office after his party’s massive win in the 2012 general elections. The leader earns a fixed stipend of $202,700 annually.
5. David Cameron
David William Cameron is the incumbent Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. As a leader of the Conservative Party, he represents the people of Witney as their member of parliament. He leads the first coalition of the United Kingdom since World War II. Cameron’s leadership has been marred by a series of financial crisis in the recent past. Despite these booby traps, the leader is privileged to earn an annual salary of $214,800.
4. Jacob Zuma
Jacob Zuma is the current president of the Republic of South Africa. He was elected by the National Assembly following his party’s success in the 2009 general election. He is the leader of the African National Congress, the incumbent political party. He was the vice president of South Africa from the year 1999 to 2005. After the 5.5% salary increment, the president enjoys a well- defined remuneration of $223,500 annually. President Zuma is perceived to be five times more expensive than the US President Barack Obama.
3. Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel is a former Research Scientist and currently a German politician. The incumbent German Chancellor has led the Christian Democratic Union for fifteen years now. She became the first female Chancellor following the 2005 federal elections. As the president of the European council, she chaired the G8 meeting in 2007 becoming the second woman after the revered Margaret Thatcher. Her most recent salary stands at $234,400 per annum.
2. Stephen Harper
The Canadian prime minister comes in second with an annual salary of $260,000. He is the twenty-second prime minister and the leader of the Conservative Party. He joined the government after his appointment by governor general Michaelle Jean following the 2006 general election. His key role is to advise the Canadian Monarch on the execution of power as stipulated in the Canadian Constitution.
1. Barack Obama
Apart from being the most powerful president on the planet, Barack Obama tops the list with an outstanding $400,000 annual salary. The earning was increased from $200,000 to the current amount after President George W. Bush ascended to power in 2001. The salary is accompanied by a $50,000 non-taxable expense account. The presidents’ stipend is governed by the law, notably, Compensation of the President, Title 3 Section 102, of the United States code.