The Top 10 Highest Paid African Presidents

African Presidents. Photocredit:

African Presidents. Photocredit:

I came across an article this week that listed the salaries of the top 10 highest paid African Presidents. According to, South African Presisent, Jacob Zuma is the highest paid leader in Africa receiving an annual wage of $272k and Rwanda’s president Paul Kagame ranked #10 receiving $85k per year. These guys are mong the highest paid leaders in the world, this is a continent where many live on only $2 per day.

On another note, isn’t it a surprise that the President of Nigeria never made the list? Perhaps its because the wages listed only reflects base salaries, regardless though, is the Nigerian President’s salary that low? Blasphemy! I hear Nigerians say. They should take solace in the fact that a common Local Government Chairman in Nigeria is richer than all 10 presidents put together. I’m sure every African (if not the world) knows that already. Anyway, here’s the list in full:

1.South Africa: Jacob Zuma $272 000 per annum
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. Alegria: Abdelaziz Boufika $168 000 per annum
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. Kenya: Uhuru Kenyatta $132 000 per annum
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. Comoros: Azali Assoumani $115 000 per annum
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. Namibia: Hage Geingoba $110 000 per annum
Hage Geingoba has been in office since 21 March 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. Republic of Congo: Danis Nguesso $110 000 per annum
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. Libya: Ali Zeidan $105 000 per annum
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. Ivory Coast: Alassane Dramane Ouattara $100 000 per annum
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. Libera: Ellen Johnson $90 000 per annum
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. Rwanda: Paul Kagame $85 000 per annum
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.

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