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20 Highest Paid World Leaders

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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

Luxembourg is the smallest nation among the top 10 countries that pay their leaders the most, and if Prime Minister Xavier Bettel’s base pay were to be distributed to Luxembourg’s 596,992 citizens, each would receive 48 cents. While Bettel’s salary is one of the highest in the world, the citizens of Luxembourg trail no other nation on this list in terms of individual wealth.

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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

Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz is much younger than his peers on the global stage, the youngest head of state in the world. When Kurz first entered political leadership at age 22 as chairman of the JVP political party in Vienna, it is unlikely he imagined he would be earning more than six times the average wage of Austrian citizens when becoming appointed as Chancellor only nine years later.

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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

Mauritania is a critical port and rail system within China’s Belt and Road Initiative, which is creating major economic and defense ties between China and Africa. Relations between Mauritania and China’s leadership are stronger than ever, but the differences between the two nations is stark. China’s GDP is 2,400 times Mauritania’s GDP, yet President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz earns almost as much per month as Chinese President Xi Jinping earns per year, according to Saraya, a Jordanian online newspaper.

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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

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is paid more than 20 times the economic output of the average kiwi citizen. Presiding over a land known for having more sheep than people, Ardern’s salary would only provide each citizen with 7 cents if her annual base pay were to be shared across the country.

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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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel earns almost eight times the average wage of German citizens. Merkel’s base pay of $369,727 eclipses the average german worker’s income of $46,389. Merkel has served in the role since 2005, earning millions of dollars during her tenure.

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