These 19 African Presidents Earn Higher Salaries than Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari

Unlike the typical African worker whose salary per annum varies from over $14,000 in South Africa to less than $2,400 in Egypt, African presidents earn between $12,000 and $600,000 a year.

A report by Africa Review team for Daily Monitor Newspaper in Uganda, revealed Cameroon’s President, Paul Biya as the highest paid African President with a sum of $610,000 (Ksh61 million) per annum.

Biya’s annual salary is almost three times that of South Africa’s counterpart, despite the South African economy is 10 times bigger than Cameroon’s.

In 2015, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari had announced a pay cut in the salaries of himself and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

See the annual salaries of these 20 African presidents.


President: Paul Biya

Salary: $630,000 per annum, $52,500 per month


President: King Mohamed IV

Salary: $450,000 per annum, $37,500

South Africa

President: Cyril Ramaphosa

Salary: $272,000 per annum, $22,666


President: John Magufuli

Salary: $192,000 per annum, $16,000

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President: Abdelaziz Bouteflika

Salary: $164,000 per annum, $13,666

Equatorial guinea

President: Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo

Salary: $140,000 per annum, $11,666

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President: Uhuru Kenyatta

Salary: $132,000 per annum, $11,000


President: Azali Assoumani

Salary: $111,000 per annum, $9,250

Congo Republic

President: Joseph Kabila

Salary: $110,000 per annum, $9,166


President: Hage Geingob

Salary: $110,000 per annum, $9,166


President: Emmerson Mnangagwa

Salary: $108,000 per annum, $9,000


President: Ameenah Gurib

Salary: $104,000 per annum, $8,666

Côte D’Ivoire

President: Alassane Ouattara

Salary: $100,000 per annum, $8,333

A list of African presidents and their respective salaries annually (Dail Monitor Uganda)


President: George Weah

Salary: $98,000 per annum, $8,166


President: Paul Kagame

Salary: $95,000 per annum, $7,916


President: João Lourenço

Salary: $81, 000 per annum, $6,750


President: Nana Akufo-Addo

Salary: $76,000 per annum, $6,333


President: Peter Mutharika

Salary: 75,000 per annum, $6,250


President: Abdel Fattah el-Sisi

Salary: 72,000 per annum, $6,000


President: Muhammadu Buhari

Salary: $70,000 per annum, $5,833


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