Special Report

20 Highest-Paid World Leaders


24/7 Wall St. reviewed publicly available annual compensation figures for current leaders in 20 of the world’s wealthiest nations based on 2014 GDP per capita as calculated by the International Monetary Fund. Salaries are expressed in U.S. dollars converted from country of origin currencies as of March 18, 2016. Leaders of absolute monarchies such as Qatar, Brunei Darussalam, and Saudi Arabia were excluded from our list. Constitutional monarchies were included, except where the highest ranking officials have the power to appoint the government. In such cases, including Kuwait, Bahrain, and United Arab Emirates, state leadership compensation is often not public information. The head of state is by definition the highest-ranking official in a sovereign nation. However, in cases where the head of government is paid a higher salary, she or he was listed instead. In these cases, the head of state is also frequently acknowledged as a ceremonial position and the head of government holds greater power over national affairs. The identities and dates of election or appointment of these leaders was obtained from national government websites when available or from the United Nations.

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