Africa is a resource-rich continent a reason African presidents are ranked among the highest earners in the world. Despite their countries being underdeveloped, this does not stop them from taking home inflated wage bills.
Although the position of the president of a country can be regarded as the highest that can be achieved in a country. This position comes with a lot of responsibilities, power as well as financial benefits.
Just like in other parts of the world, politics is becoming a very lucrative career where leadership skill is in high demand. African presidents are not just powerful, but also very wealthy. These political leaders amass wealth in a continent where the majority of her residents are living in abject poverty.
There are quite a good number of presidents earning and receiving a huge amount of money every year. In this article, we’ll be looking at the top 10 highest paid African presidents. This list does not portray the net worth of African presidents rather what they take home as salary annually.
- 1 1. Paul Biya, Cameroon – $630,000
- 2 2. King Mohammed VI, Morocco – $480,000
- 3 3. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa – $251,000
- 4 4. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Algeria – $168,000
- 5 5. Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya – $166,000
- 6 6. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea – $150,000
- 7 7. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Somalia – $120,000
- 8 8. Azali Assoumani, Comoros – $115,000
- 9 9. Denis Sassou Nguesso, Republic of Congo – $110,000
- 10 10. Hage Geingob, Namibia – $100,000
1. Paul Biya, Cameroon – $630,000
A research conducted by Africa Review ranked Paul Biya as the highest-paid African president with an annual salary of $630,000. The Cameroon presidents earn 229 times what an average Cameroonian earns.
President Paul Biya has been ruling Cameroon since 6th November 1982, making him one of the current long-serving Non-royal heads of state in the continent and the world at large.
2. King Mohammed VI, Morocco – $480,000
Second on the list of highest-paid African leaders is King Mohammed VI with an annual salary of $480,000, according to Africa Review. Mohammed VI took power in 1999 and is reported to earn 68 times more than an average Moroccan citizen yearly.
3. Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa – $251,000
The president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa is the third highest-paid African president with an annual salary of $251,127 (R 2,900,000). According to Africa Review’s estimates, he earns about 22 times more than an average South African citizen.
4. Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Algeria – $168,000
President Abdelmadjib Tebboune of Algeria is among the best paid African president with an annual salary of $168,000. Abdelmadjib Tebboune was elected in December 2019 and took power from former President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and former Acting Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah.
5. Uhuru Kenyatta, Kenya – $166,000
Uhuru Kenyatta is the president of Kenya and one of the highest-paid African leaders with an annual salary of $166,000. In 2017, Kenyatta’s salary was cut by 13% to 17.3 million Kenyan shillings ($166,000), according to Quartz Africa.
However, according to a 2020 report, president Kenyatta has agreed to take a voluntary cut of 80%. The pay cut could reduce his salary to just over Ksh.288,000 per month.
6. Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, Equatorial Guinea – $150,000
Equatorial Guinea president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is one of the wealthiest head of states and among the best-paid presidents in Africa with an annual salary of $150,000. He has been president since 1979. Forbes magazine has said that Obiang, with a net worth of US$600 million, is one of the world’s wealthiest heads of state.
7. Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, Somalia – $120,000
President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo is among the highest-paid sitting African president with an annual salary of $120,000. He was previously the Prime Minister of Somalia and currently the 9th president of Somalia.
8. Azali Assoumani, Comoros – $115,000
President Azali is among the best-paid sitting president in Africa with an annual salary of $115,000. Despite presiding over one of Africa’s poorest and unpopular countries, he still takes home one of the best pay-check on the continent.
9. Denis Sassou Nguesso, Republic of Congo – $110,000
Among the best-paid sitting president in Africa is the president of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou with an annual salary of $110,000. Nguesso has been the president of the Republic of Congo since 1997; he was previously President from 1979 to 1992. He won re-election in the presidential election in 2016.
10. Hage Geingob, Namibia – $100,000
President Hage Geingob of Namibia is one of the highest-paid presidents in Africa with an annual salary of $100,000. He is the third and current president of Namibia, in office since 21 March 2015. It is reported that 34% of his salary goes to charity.