Africa is considered to be the poorest continent in the world despite several natural resources being explored since long. The second biggest continent and second most populous in the world, there are 47 African nations that are led by presidents who have been ruling for decade long.
So, who are the highest paid presidents in Africa? In general, politicians who led the nation and are at hemp have several ways of harnessing huge amount of money though perks and benefits, and their basic salary. The net worth of African presidents are always a subject of concern as most people conclude that they have been earning for doing nothing. These richest African presidents don’t only enjoy power, but also have big numbers in their banks and own private jets and lavish cars.
Here, we list the top 10 highest paid presidents in Africa who all fall on the list of the richest presidents in Africa.
10. Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda (Yearly Salary- $85,000)
Paul Kagame is the current president of Rwanda who took charge of the office in 2000 after Pasteur Bizimungu. A former commander of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, he was the most notable person of the country while he served as the Vice President and Minister of Defense for six year until 2000.
Though considered to be of dictatorship character, he has been hailed as a global celebrity in politics and is said to be the great leaders in Africa. Paul Kagame is the tenth highest paid president in Africa with a yearly salary of $85,000.
9. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia (Yearly Salary- $90,000)
Ranked as the 70th most powerful woman in the world, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th president of Liberia who took office in 2006 after winning the 2005 presidential election. The first elected female president in Africa, Sirleaf served as the Minister of Finance from 1979 t o 1980 after which she worked in several financial institutions.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner of 2011, Sirleaf is best known for her non-violent struggle for uplifting the standards of woman and advocating women’s rights. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the highest paid female president in Africa with a yearly salary of $90,000.
8. Alassane Ouattara, President of Ivory Coast (Yearly Salary- $100,000)
Alassane Dramane Ouattara took office as the 5th President of Cote d’Ivoire in 2011. He also served as the Prime Minister of the country for three years until 1993. Outtara is an economist by profession and has worked for the IMF (International Monetary Fund) during which he uplifted the standards of the economy of Africa.
The president of the Rally of the Republicans party in Ivory Coast since 1999, he is one of the richest presidents in Africa. Alassane Ouattara’s earns $100,000 per year as his salary.
7. Al Zeidan, ex-Prime Minister of Libya (Yearly Salary- $105,000)
Al Zeidan, the former Prime Minister of Libya took charge of his office after being appointed by the General National Congress in 2012. A Geneva- based human rights lawyer, Zeidan graduated from the Jawaharlal Nehru University and is considered to be a strong-minded liberal.
Ousted from his position in 2014, Al Zeidan considers his ousting to be invalid and was a cause of political benefits of others. Al Zeidan ranks seventh in the list of highest paid presidents in Africa with a yearly salary of $105,000.
6. Hifikepunye Pohamba, President of Namibia (Yearly Salary- $110,000)
Born Hifikepunya Lucas Pohambe, the second president of Namibia who served for 10 years until 2015 had a yearly salary of $110,000. After winning the 2004 elections, he was reelected in 2009 elections and has also served in various ministerial position after the country’s independence in 1990.
He also was awarded with $5 million as the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in 2015. Pohambe is best known for his works in uplifting the standards of health and education in the country.
5. Denis Sassou Nguesso, President of Rep. Congo (Yearly Salary- $110,000)
The Congolese politician and President of the Republic of Congo since 1997, Denis Sassou Nguesso was the head of single-party regime for 12 years until 1990. He introduced multi-party politics in the country and was stripped off executive powers in 1991. He was also defeated in the 1992 presidential election in 1992. However, he worked as a rebel against the Opposition during the civil war in the country and ousted President Pascal Lissouba. He is also one of the richest presidents in Africa and has a yearly salary of $110,000 which makes him the fifth highest paid presidents in Africa.
4. Ikililou Dhoinine, President of Comoros (Yearly Salary- $115,000)
Comorian politician Ikililou Dhoinine served as the vice-president of Comoros for five years until 2011 after which he took the office of President in 2011. He won the 2010 Presidential election with the 61.12% votes and has been actively working to improve the health and education standards specially among women and children. A pharmacist by profession, he has been actively working to eradicate corruption in the country and is considered to be one of the best head of states in Africa. Ikililou Dhoinine’s yearly salary is $115,000 per year.
3. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya (Yearly Salary- $132,000)
The fourth and current president of Kenya Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta took charge of the country in 2013. Having served at different ministerial positions like Minister of Local Government, Deputy Prime Minister, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the Kenya African National Union, Kenyatt’s major challenges are considered to be high cost of living, high public wage bills and increasing public debts in the country. He is also the third highest paid African presidents with an annual salary of $132,000.
2. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of Algeria (Yearly Salary- $168,000)
The longest serving president of Algeria, Abedelaziz Bouteflika is the fifth president of the country since 1999. Having served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1963 to 1979, Bouteflika has been one of the most notable person in Algerian politics as he ended the Algerian Civil War in 2002, and emergency rule in 2011. He also worked for the UN General Assembly as its president and is one of the richest presidents in Africa. His annual salary is estimated to be $168,000 that puts him on second in the list of highest paid African Presidents.
1. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa (Yearly Salary- $272,000)
The richest president of Africa, Jacob Zuma was elected as the President of South Africa through the 2009 general elections. Having served as the President of the African National Congress, he also was the Deputy President of the country from 1999 to 2005.
Despite being the highest paid presidents in Africa with an annual salary of $272,000 he has been accused of several cases like rape charges, corruption and fraud because of which he is being defamed today. Whatever it be, he has been able to garner a lot of money as the head of the state to live a lavish life.
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