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Top 15 Highest Paid African Presidents

Politicians should be fair and objective; and should be dedicated to serve the society. They should be accountable for their actions. They need to think globally and act locally.

Politics has become a very lucrative career. Some political leaders are not only powerful, but also rich. Today’s African political leaders make plenty of money in a continent where many live below $2 per day.

Here are the top 15 highest paid African presidents, according to Jeune Afrique and MyWage. These reflect just their base salary.

15) Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon ($65,000 per year)

Ali Bongo Ondimba has been the President of Gabon since October 2009. His annual income is $65,000. It was reported by Daily Mail in 2010 that the president spent a whopping $129 million (£85m) on a lavish townhouse in Paris.

This resource-rich Gabon is the fifth largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa and is the sixth most developed African nation. The nation’s HDI has improved in recent years and the president is working towards diversifying the economy, creating jobs, building capacities and introducing social safety nets. The average income of Gabon is around $18 per day.

Ali Bongo Ondimba

14) Guy Scott, President of Zambia ($65,000 per year)

Dr Guy Lindsay Scott was the Acting President of Zambia between 2014-2015. In Zambia, the annual presidential compensation is K523,340 million, which includes a compensation of K414,406 million and an allowance of K108,934 million. But it is not known if Dr Scott was earning the president’s salary ($65,000) or the Vice President’s salary.

Guy Scott

13) José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola ($60,000 per year)

Jose Eduardo dos Santos has been the President of Angola since 1979. His official salary is $5,000 a month. In Angola, the monthly salary of the President is 461,319 kz. He is also paid an additional 276,791 kz. He was ranked as the richest African president.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos

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      He thinks that this amounts are in nairas,

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    Buh why will dis guys get dis huge amount of money? I tot dey were voted-in 2 serve their country hmm anyway i was hopin on seein at least two Nigeria eXpresident buh i’m glad i didn’t.
    God bless Nigeria

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