Pay Levels Of World Leaders In Perspective

May 9th, 2015
in News, econ_news, syndication

from Felix Richter,
by Niall McCarthy

When it comes to salary levels among world leaders, there is tremendous variation across the globe.

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Nobody earns as much as Singapore's prime minister, though.

Lee Hsien Loong earned $2,856,930 from 2008 to 2012 before public disquiet prompted him to take a 28 percent paycut. In 2015, his annual salary still amounts to $1.7 million U.S. dollars - that's enough to pay the combined annual wage of of the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom combined.

U.S. President Barack Obama earns $400,000 every year, quite a distance short of Lee Hsien Loong but still very high by international standards. Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on $260,000 while Angela Merkel follows with $234,400. Russian President Vladmir Putin's annual salary amounts to $136,000. That's still substantially more than Xi Jinping, China's leader. He earns just $22,000 every year.

This chart shows the annual salary of selected world leaders in 2015.

Infographic: Pay Levels Of World Leaders In Perspective | Statista
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