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World’s Top 20 Highest Paid Political Leaders

/ March 5, 2015

16) Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, President of Iceland – $188,000

Olafur Ragnar Grimsson assumed the office of the President of Iceland on August 1 1996. His annual income is $188,000. The monthly salary of the President of Iceland is 2,048,229 ISK.


17.) Park Geun-hye, President of South Korea – $187,000

The South Korean president took a 1.7% (3,851,000 won) increase to 196,404,000 won (approximately $187,000).


18. Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan – $184,000

The Chinese President, Xi Jinping’s salary is just about 20% of what his Taiwanese counterpart Ma Ying-jeou earns.


19) Mark Rutte, Prime Minister of the Netherlands – $170,000

Mark Rutte has been the Prime Minister of the Netherlands since October 14 2010. He earns $170,000 annually. The salary of the Prime Minister of Netherlands is €144,000 (including €7887.24 expenses).

Mark Rutte

20.) Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya – $132,000

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta took a 20% pay cut, his basic salary is now $132,000 per annum while the former president Mwai Kibaki earned $427,886 per annum. That was staggering 240 times that of an average Kenyan citizen. According to Forbes, Kenyatta has a net worth of $500 million.


Looking at the above – mentioned numbers, it is clear that political leaders are adequately compensated for their service to their nation. It is really unfortunate that in spite of this some of them fall into greed and corruption.

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