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Top 10 Highest Paid African Presidents 2015 and Their Salaries

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.

10) Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda ($85,000 per year)

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.


9) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia ($90,000 per year)

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.


8) Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast ($100,000 per year)

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.


7) Ali Zeidan, ex-Prime Minister of Libya ($105,000 per year)


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.

6) Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia ($110,000 per year)



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.

5) Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of Rep. Congo ($110,000 per year)


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.

4) Ikililou Dhoinine, President of Comoros ($115,000 per year)


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.

3) Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya ($132,000 per year)

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.


2) Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria ($168,000 per year)


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

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

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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.





Written by How Africa News


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  1. I feel disappointed and frustrated to see African leaders salaries so huge, while our people are dying with hunger , diseases and the lack of medication. Which of course each of them salary can save many lives but they don’t care about what happened to the people they govern. They have been paid by tax payer but don’t care about the tax payer. When will Africa be free of corruption?

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