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