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Wage Disparity: The Wealthiest World Leaders vs. The National Average

By Bekki

Did you know…? British Prime Minister Theresa May earns four times the average wage of a UK worker. 

But it gets worse: the Prime Minister of Singapore earns thirty-three times more than the average Singapore worker.

Perhaps the biggest surprise: Donald Trump earns $400,000 per year but only pockets $1 of his earnings as he donates the rest to various charities on a quarterly basis.

Moneypod credit brokers have uncovered the wages and net worth of the top twenty highest paid world leaders, before highlighting how this contrasts with the national average of their country. Here is a sampling of the top five:

Salaries of the Highest Paid World Leaders vs. the National Average

  1. Lee Hsein Loong (Prime Minister of Singapore) – $1,717,000 vs. $52,000 for the average Singaporean.
  2. Carrie Lam (Chief Executive of Hong Kong) – $578,000 vs. $43,000 for the average Hong Konger.
  3. Doris Leuthard (President of Switzerland) – $402,000 vs. $81,000 for the average Swede.
  4. Donald Trump (President of United States) – $400,000 vs. $57,000 for the average American.
  5. Malcolm Turnball (Prime Minister of Australia) – $386,000 vs. $54,000 for the average Australian.

You can view a map showing the salaries of all 20 leaders here.

Net Worth of the Wealthiest World Leaders vs. the National Average

  1. Vladimir Putin (President of Russia) – $40 billion vs. $7,000 for the average Russian.
  2. Maha Vajiralongkorn (King of Thailand) – $30 billion vs. $6,000 for the average Thai.
  3. Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (President of UAE) – $23 billion vs. $38,000 for the average Emirati.
  4. Hassanal Bolkiah (Sultan of Brunei) – $20 billion vs. $18,000 for the average Bruneian.
  5. Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (King of Saudi Arabia) – $17 billion vs. $22,000 for the average Saudis.

You can view a map showing the net worth of all 20 leaders here.

In addition to the leaders’ wages and net worth, these world maps from Moneypod also highlight some other interesting facts about the politicians. You can find both maps at: https://money-pod.co.uk/guides/world-leaders

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