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Africa: Meet The Highly Paid Leaders As At January, 2016


1) Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa ($272,000 per year)

Jacob Zuma?s annual income is a whopping $272,000. He is the highest paid African president and among the world?s top 10. In 2012, he approved a 5.5 percent salary increase for top public servants.

Jacob Zuma

Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been the fifth President of Algeria since 1999. The annual salary of the President of Algeria is around $168,000.

Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is the fourth and the current President of Kenya. He assumed charge on April 9 2013. Kenyatta?s earns $132,000 annually. He led by example in 2014 by taking a pay cut. His basic salary of $14,000 per month was reduced to around $11,000.

Uhuru Kenyatta

Ikililou Dhoinine has been the President of Comoros since 2011. He earns $115,000 per year. At his inauguration, he pledged to stop corruption. Dhoinine is a pharmacist by training.

Ikililou Dhoinine

Hifikepunye Pohamba has been the President of Namibia since March 2005. His annual income is $110,000. In the year 2009, President and all other political tax bearers got a 25 percent salary hike.

Hifikepunye Pohamba

Denis Sassou Nguesso has been the President of the Republic of the Congo since 1997. Global Witness recently reported that one month of personal consumption spending by Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso, son of the President, could have paid for vaccinations against measles for 80,000 Congolese babies. The President earns $110,000 annually.

Denis Sassou Nguesso

Alassane Ouattara is the fifth President of Ivory Coast. He has been the President since 2011. His annual income is $100,000. He is an economist by profession.

Alassane Ouattara

Ali Zeidan is a former Prime Minister of Libya. His annual income was $105,000. He was ousted by the parliament committee and fled from Libya on March 14 2014. He told at the press conference in Rabat, Morocco, that the ousting was invalid.


Ali Zeidan

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the President of Liberia. She is Africa?s first female head of state. This 76-year-old Nobel laureate earns $90,000 annually. She is dogged by accusations of corruption, nepotism and failing the nation?s poor.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

John Dramani Mahama has been the President of Ghana since July 2012. His annual income is around $76,000. Salaries of the President of Ghana and his ministers were increased in 2012, drawing the ire of the general public. The President?s monthly salary went up from $4,240 to $6,357.

John Dramani Mahama

Paul Kagame is the President of Rwanda. His annual income is $85,000. According to many people in Rwanda, the President deserves his earnings because the nation is making rapid economic progress under his presidency.

Paul Kagame

Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been the President of Angola since 1979. His official salary is $5,000 a month. In Angola, the monthly salary of the President is 461,319 kz. He is also paid an additional 276,791 kz. He was ranked as the richest African president.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Dr Guy Lindsay Scott is the Acting President of Zambia. In Zambia, the annual presidential compensation is K523,340 million, which includes a compensation of K414,406 million and an allowance of K108,934 million. But it is not known if Dr Scott is earning the president?s salary ($65,000) or the Vice President?s salary.

Guy Scott

Politicians should be fair and objective; and should be dedicated to serve the society. They should be accountable for their actions. They need to think globally and act locally.

Politics has become a very lucrative career. Some political leaders are not only powerful, but also rich. Today?s African political leaders make plenty of money in a continent where many live below $2 per day.

Here are the top 14 highest paid African presidents, according to jeune Afrque ??and My Wage ?. These reflect just their base salary.

Ali Bongo Ondimba has been the President of Gabon since October 2009. His annual income is $65,000. It was reported by ? Daily Mail in 2010 that the president spent a whopping $129 million (?85m) on a lavish townhouse in Paris.

This resource-rich Gabon is the fifth largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa and is the Sixth Most developed African nation?. The nation?s HDI has improved in recent years and the president is working towards diversifying the economy, creating jobs, building capacities and introducing social safety nets. Average income of Gabon is around $18 per day.

Ali Bongo Ondimba


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