Despite the challenges Africa Is Facing, African presidents are among the highest paid in the world.
Jacob Zuma, The president of South Africa is the highest paid in the continent earning about $272,000 per year, he was ranked fourth in the world. Rwanda’s president, Paul Kagame is ranked tenth, earning $85,000 per year. According to African Rakings.com, below are some of the wealthiest leaders in Afric;
1. Jacob Zuma ($272,000 per annum) – South Africa
Jacob Zuma has been the president of the Republic of South Africa since 2009. Zuma was among the world’s top 10 highest paid president, he was listed fourth. He was re-elected in the 2014 election. He is currently the top-earning president in Africa.
2. Abdelaziz Boufika ($168 000 per annum) – Alegria
Abdelaziz Boufika is a Moroccan-born Algerian politician who became president of Algeria in 1999. Boufika is the second highest paid president in Africa.
3. Uhuru Kenyatta ($132 000 per annum) – Kenya
Uhuru Kenyatta is the 4th and current President of Kenya, in office since 2013. He is the son of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president. Kenyatta is the third highest paid president in the continent. In 2014 he took a salary cut and decreased his salary from $14, 000 per month to $11,000.
4. Azali Assoumani ($115,000 per annum) – Comoros
President of one of the smallest country in Africa, Assoumani has been in office since 2016. Aged 57, Assoumani first came to power in 1999 after ousting acting President Tadjidine Ben Said Massounde in a coup.
5. Hage Geingoba ($110,000 per annum) – Namibia
Hage Geingoba has been in office since 2015, he is the third and the current President of Namibia. He gained a PhD in 2004 from the University of Leeds, in Britain. The president, who shares executive power with the cabinet, is limited to two five-year terms.
6. Danis Nguesso ($110,000 per annum) – Republic of Congo
Nguesso has been the president of the Republic of the Congo since 1997; he was previously President from 1979 to 1992. He was marked for prominence and received military training in Algeria and at Saint Maixent, France before returning to join Congo’s elite paratroop regiment.
7. Ali Zeidan ($105,000 per annum) – Libya
The former Prime Minister of Libya. He was appointed by the General National Congress on 14 October 2012, and took office on 14 November after Congress approved his cabinet nominees. Zeidan was ousted by the parliament committee and fled from Libya on 14 March 2014.
8. Alassane Dramane Ouattara ($100,000 per annum) – Ivory Coast
With a reputation as a hard-worker, keen on transparency and good governance, Alassane Dramane Ouattara is an economist by profession. Ouattara is the fifth president of Ivory Coast and has been president since 2011.
9. Ellen Johnson ($90,000 per annum) – Libera
Liberian politician who has served as the 24th and current President of Liberia since 2006. Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa. She is the second least paid president in the continent. Johnson has been the president of Libya for 12 years.
10. Paul Kagame ($85,000 per annum) – Rwanda
Paul Kagame is the sixth and current President of Rwanda having taken office in 2000 when his predecessor, Pasteur Bizimungu, resigned. At 53 years old, the president of Rwanda is the least paid in the continent.