Full list of Africa's 30 highest paid Presidents and their salaries


The Africa Review has compiled and analysed salaries of African leaders to try and see what they tell about the relationship between those in power and their subjects.

In Kenya, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto last year announced a voluntary 20 per cent salary cut and invited other top government officials to follow suit. A few did, reluctantly.

In Tunisia, former President Moncef Marzouki, then facing an economic crisis in the post-revolution period, announced a two-thirds pay cut, slicing his annual pay from around $176,868 to ‘just’ $58,956 .

Nigerian President Muhammad Buhari recently announced that he will take a voluntary salary pay cut, which is a good gesture.

Below is a brief summary of 30 highest earning African Presidents:

  Country Net pay per anum President
1 Cameroon US$610,000 Paul Biya
2 Morocco US$480,000 King Mohammed VI
3 South Africa US$272,000 Jacob Zuma
4 Tanzania US$192,000 Jakaya Kikwete
5 Algeria US$164,000 Abdel Aziz Bouteflika
6 Equatorial Guinea US$150,000 Theodore Nguema 
7 Kenya US$132,000 Uhuru Kenyatta
8 Somalia US$120,000 Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud
9 Comoros US$115,000 Ikililou Dhoinine
10 Congo Republic US$110,000 Denis Sassou Nguesso
11 Namibia US$110,000 Hage Geingob
12 Zimbabwe US$108,000 Robert Mugabe
13 Mauritius US$104,838 Ameenah Gurib
14 Cote D’Ivoire US$100,000 Alassane Ouattara
15 Liberia US$90,000 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
16 Rwanda US$85,000 Paul Kagame
17 Angola US$81,075 José Eduardo dos Santos
18 Ghana US$76,000 John Dramani Mahama
19 Malawi US$75,348 Peter Mutharika
20 Egypt US$72,000 Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
21 Nigeria US$70,000 Muhammadu Buhari
22 Mali US$69,609 Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
23 Botswana US$66,713 Ian Khama
24 Gabon US$65,000 Ali Bongo Ondimba
25 Zambia US$56,000 Edgar Lungu
26 Dr.Congo US$52,97 Joseph Kabila
27 Swaziland US$52,128 Mswati III
28 Mozambique US$47,500 Filipe Nyusi
29 Ethiopia US$44,472 Mulatu Teshome
30 Lesotho US$36,000 Letsie III

When most African leaders get into power, the first thing they do is to increase their salaries. Among the leaders who have done so include King Mswati of Swaziland, King Mohammed VI of Morocco and President Eduardo dos Santos of Angola

African presidents are among the highest paid presidents in the World despite the continent being ranked the poorest.

However, Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe reportedly awarded himself a whopping 300 percent increase over the past year, from $4 000 a month to 8,000 a month. When allowances are included, President Mugabe personally revealed that he gets $12,000 per month.

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