The Highest Paid World Leaders

The Highest Paid World Leaders

Worth around $3 billion dollars, President Donald Trump famously promised during the 2016 U.S. A presidential elections to draw a $1.00 salary ( U.S laws prohibits unpaid work ) and donate the rest of the Presidential salary should he be elected. President Donald Trump is following through on a promise he made while on the campaign trail, donating presidential pay in quarterly chunks to various government departments.


President Donald Trump is not the first President of the U.S.A to donate the presidential salary. President Herbert Hoover, who was elected after made his fortune in mining, and John F Kennedy, who inherited his fortune, both gave up their salaries and donated them to charity.


Here is a list of the annual salaries, in U.S. dollars, of the top 10 best-paid global leaders, with the country’s population and how many times the average per capita GDP of the nations they govern they earn.

10. President Donald Trump, U.S.A - $400,000


The 45th President of the U.S.A Donald J Trump (born June 14, 1946) He took charge of his family's real estate business in 1971, renamed it The Trump Organization, and expanded it from Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and beyond. The Trump Organization built or renovated skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. At $400K a year, President Donald Trump salary is seven times the average U.S. per capita GDP of  $57,467. Population of the U.S.A is 325.7 million, with a land area of 9,147,593 sq km.

9. President Alexander Van der Bellen, Austria — $404,466 

The President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen (born 18 January 1944) had previously served as a university professor of economics and when entering politics was the spokesman of the Austrian green party. In December 2016 he became President of Austria winning approximately 54% of the vote. President Van der Bellen earns nine times the annual Austrian GDP of $44,176 per person. Population of Austria 8,747,000, with a area of 83,879 km².

8. Chancellor Walter Thurnherr, Switzerland — $470,281


Walter Thurnherr ( born July 11th 1963 ) graduated as a physicist at the ETH Zurich. In 1989, he joined the ranks of Switzerland's diplomatic corps. Walter Thurnherr began his political career In 2002. On 9 December 2015, as the first unopposed candidate in ninety years, he was elected with 230 votes (out of 234 possible) by the Swiss Federal Assembly. Chancellor Thurnherr takes home six times the average Swiss GDP of some $78,813 per person per year.

7. President Alain Berset, Switzerland — $482,958


Alain Berset (born 9 April 1972) is a Swiss politician of the Social Democratic Party. On 1 January 2018, he took office as President of the Swiss, at age 45. President Berset is the youngest President of the Confederation since Marcel Pilet-Golaz  in 1934. President Berset does slightly better salary-wise than his coworker Chancellor Walter Thurnherr , taking home just over six times the average Swiss per capita GDP.  Population of Switzerland is 8.372 million, with a area of 41,285 km²

6. Prime Scott John Morrison, Australia — $527,854


Scott John Morrison (born 13 May 1968) is an Australian politician serving as the 30th and current Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Liberal Party since 24 August 2018. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2007, representing the Division of Cook in New South Wales. Prime minister John Morrison is paid about 10.6 times the average annual per capita GDP of Australia. of some $49,927.82 per person per year. Population of Australia is 24.13 million with a land area of  7.692 million km².

Now, we're in the (royal) monarchy.

Is a Monarchy required to govern a country? The Monarch doesn’t get involved in running the government. Nor do they publicly say what they think about political issues. In the absence of a monarchy, the legitimate authority for decisions in a country would reside with-in their Parliament, or congress. This alone, in my view, is sufficient reason to want to abolish the monarchy who really do nothing that a elected government cannot do for their country and voters.


5. King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands — $1,094,391


Willem-Alexander (April 27, 1967) is the King of the Netherlands, having ascended the throne following his mother's abdication in 2013. Willem-Alexander was born in Utrecht as the oldest child of Princess Beatrix and diplomat Claus van Amsberg. King Willem-Alexander is paid just under 24 times the annual Netherlands per capita GDP of about $45,295.  Population of the Netherlands is 17.02 million with a land area of 41,543 km²

4. Emperor Akihito of Japan — $3,086,890 


Akihito is the current Emperor of Japan. (born December 23, 1933) he is the 125th member of the world's oldest reigning dynasty. The Japanese government announced in December 2017 that Akihito would abdicate  on 30 April 2019. The salary for sitting on the Chrysanthemum Throne is a whopping 79.35 times the annual Japanese GDP of $38,895 per person. Population of Japan 127 million with a area of 377,972 km².

3. Queen Margrethe II of Denmark — $13,547,516 


Queen Margrethe II (born April 16, 1940) is the Queen of Denmark; as well as the supreme authority of the Church of Denmark and Commander-in-Chief of the Danish Defense. Born into the House of Glücksburg, a royal house with origins in Northern Germany. Queen Margrethe makes 253 times the per capital GDP of  Denmark Population of Denmark is 5.731 million with a area of 42,924 km².

2. King Philippe of Belgium — $14,454,440 


King Philippe of Belgium (born April 15, 1960) , Following the abdication of his father, King Albert, Prince Philippe was sworn in before the of parliament Belgium on 21 July 2013 as the seventh King of the Belgians. He is paid an enormous amount that is 346 times the Belgian annual per capita GDP of about $41,096. Population of Belgium is 11.35 million with a area of 30,528 km².

1. Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom — $138,392,287 

At 92 years of age, Britain's Queen Elizabeth (born April 21, 1926), destined to become the longest reigning British monarch, is in a league of her own when it comes to income. Her earnings add up to 3458 times of the United Kingdom’s per capita GDP of $39,899.39. Sounds like a lot and it is, the UK's poverty rate overall in 2014 was the 12th highest among all European nations at 16.8% approximately 3.9 million people. People were outraged in 2017 after the Crown Estate's profits increased by £24 million ($40.4 million). Population of the United Kingdom is 65.64 million with a area of 242,495 km².

Honorable Mention:   José Alberto "Pepe" Mujica Cordano - $15,000


One of the most popular and respected political leaders, José Mujica, who served as the 40th President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. While in office, President José Mujica donated Approximately 90% of his $150,000 annual salary to charity, keeping only $15,000 for himself and his wife. He declined the Presidential Residence, and choose to live a humble life in a simple house on his wife’s farm. He drove a 1987 VW Beetle. At his retirement this year, he had a +70% approval rating.


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