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The highest paid world leaders – from Trump to Carrie Lam to Lee Hsien Loong



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USA Today ranked the highest paying leaders in the world. Unsurprisingly, all the annual salaries of the world leaders are way above the country’s GDP per capita or average wages.

10. Xavier Bettel
Title: Prime Minister of Luxembourg
Annual salary (in USD): $278,035
Time in office: 5 years, 4 months
GDP per capita: $93,891.49

9. Sebastian Kurz
Title: Chancellor of Austria
Annual salary (in USD): $328,584
Time in office: 1 year, 3 months
GDP per capita: $45,478.96

8. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Title: President of Mauritania
Annual salary (in USD): $330,000
Time in office: 9 years, 8 months
GDP per capita: $3,655.37

7. Jacinda Ardern
Title: Prime Minister of New Zealand
Annual salary (in USD): $339,862
Time in office: 1 year, 5 months
GDP per capita: $35,244.99

 6. Angela Merkel
Title: Chancellor of Germany
Annual salary (in USD): $369,727
Time in office: 13 years, 4 months
GDP per capita: $46,719.29

5. Scott Morrison
Title: Prime Minister of Australia
Annual salary (in USD): $378,415
Time in office: 7 months
GDP per capita: $46,554.63

4. Donald Trump
Title: President of the United States
Annual salary (in USD): $400,000
Time in office: 2 years, 2 months
GDP per capita: $54,440.90

3. Ueli Maurer
Title: President of the Swiss Confederation
Annual salary (in USD): $482,958
Time in office: 3 months
GDP per capita: $56,473.64

2. Carrie Lam
Title: Chief Executive of Hong Kong
Annual salary (in USD): $568,400
Time in office: 1 year, 9 months
GDP per capita: $57,081.14

1. Lee Hsien Loong
Title: Prime Minister of Singapore
Annual salary (in USD): $1,610,000
Time in office: 14 years, 7 months
GDP per capita: $86,810.78

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