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What world leaders earn compared to their citizens

On average, world leaders earn six times more than their citizens, according to research by jobs website adzuna.com.au.

Adzuna compared the annual salaries of leaders from 45 nations with the average income of their population.

Coming in first place is South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. President Ramaphosa, who was voted into power in 2018, earns $341,803, 19 times more than the average South African at $18,193.

In second place is Prime Minister Lee Hsien Long of Singapore, who commands a hefty pay packet of $2.22 million, 18 times higher than his compatriots.

It may come as a surprise, but President Donald Trump of The United States of America comes in at 15th on the list, receiving $555,450, 7 times more than his fellow Americans. His counterpart over in Russia, Vladimir Putin, sits at number 4, commanding a yearly salary of $393,162, which is 11 times higher than the average Russian takes home each year.

Adzuna CEO Raife Watson says, “This study doesn’t take into account the wealth many of these world leaders accumulated before they entered politics.

“Our former Prime Minister was a millionaire many times over before he joined the Australian parliament, which is why he had the capacity to donate a million dollars to his own party during an election campaign,” Mr. Watson said.

Tied for last in the study are China and Vietnam. In both nations, the leaders almost earn on parity with the population. China’s President Xi Jingping earns $27,531, whereas the average worker in China brings home $23,345 per year.

For the investigation, Adzuna researched the latest media reports on the salaries of the respective politicians, compared with the information from the Wage Indicator Foundation. For the average income of the populations, the World Bank’s data on gross national income per capita (as of 2017) was used.

 

 

Rank Nation Leader Leader Salary (AUD) Average Salary (Population – AUD) Multiplier
1 South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa $341,803.00 $18,193.00 18.78761062
2 Singapore Lee Hsien Loong $2,220,512.00 $126,224.00 17.59183673
3 India Ram Nath Kovind $112,861.00 $9,821.00 11.49180328
4 Russia Wladimir Putin $393,162.00 $34,776.00 11.30555556
5 Honduras Juan Orlando Hernandez $59,731.00 $6,440.00 9.275
6 Indonesia Joko Widodo $135,240.00 $16,583.00 8.155339806
7 Chile Sebastián Pinera $265,006.00 $33,005.00 8.029268293
8 Cambodia Hun Sen $41,055.00 $5,313.00 7.727272727
9 New Zealand Jacinda Ardern $426,006.00 $55,384.00 7.691860465
10 Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid $332,304.00 $43,309.00 7.672862454
11 Germany Angela Merkel $536,935.00 $72,128.00 7.444196429
12 Italy Sergio Mattarella $386,400.00 $52,003.00 7.430340557
13 Belgium Charles Michel $46,851.00 $67,298.00 0.696172249
14 Switzerland Alain Berset $630,154.00 $91,448.00 6.89084507
15 USA Donald Trump $555,450.00 $83,881.00 6.621880998
16 Australia Scott Morrison $527,854.00 $82,436.00 6.403197632
17 Egypt Abdul Fattah Al Sisi $100,142.00 $15,778.00 6.346938776
18 Mexico Enrique Pena Nieto $157,297.00 $24,955.00 6.303225806
19 Japan Shinzō Abe $390,586.00 $62,468.00 6.25257732
20 Austria Sebastian Kurz $429,226.00 $73,255.00 5.859340659
21 South Korea Moon Jae-in $275,793.00 $53,452.00 5.159638554
22 France Emmanuel Macron $292,537.00 $61,019.00 4.794195251
23 United Kingdom Theresa May $282,716.00 $59,409.00 4.758807588
24 Luxemburg Xavier Bettel $473,179.00 $101,269.00 4.672496025
25 Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir $338,100.00 $74,221.00 4.555314534
26 Denmark Lars Løkke Rasmussen $331,177.00 $73,094.00 4.530837004
27 Sweden Stefan Löfven $320,712.00 $71,001.00 4.517006803
28 Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina $23,989.00 $5,635.00 4.257142857
29 Israel Benjamin Netanyahu $224,756.00 $52,808.00 4.256097561
30 Canada Justin Trudeau $265,006.00 $64,239.00 4.125313283
31 Poland Andrzej Duda $156,975.00 $38,962.00 4.02892562
32 Netherlands Mark Rutte $256,795.00 $72,772.00 3.528761062
33 Ireland Leo Varadkar $297,850.00 $86,296.00 3.451492537
34 Hungaria Victor Orbán $124,936.00 $37,513.00 3.330472103
35 Finland Sauli Niinistö $202,860.00 $63,273.00 3.20610687
36 Bulgaria Rumen Radev $91,770.00 $28,658.00 3.202247191
37 Norway Erna Solberg $276,598.00 $89,194.00 3.101083032
38 Turkey Recep Erdoğan $108,836.00 $36,547.00 2.977973568
39 Greece Alexis Tsipras $107,709.00 $38,479.00 2.79916318
40 Latvia Raimonds Vejonis $99,015.00 $38,157.00 2.594936709
41 Slovakia Peter Pellegrini $98,693.00 $42,987.00 2.29588015
42 Romania Klaus Johannis $71,967.00 $35,098.00 2.050458716
43 Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic $63,273.00 $34,454.00 1.836448598
44 Vietnam Nguyễn Xuân Phúc $12,075.00 $9,016.00 1.339285714
45 China Xi Jinping $27,531.00 $23,345.00 1.179310345