The Highest Paid World Leaders 2020

Updated: May 1



Yearly earnings of world leaders far exceed the pay package of an average blue collar citizen. The person who can vaporize all life on the planet is taking home less than most COE's or heads of major corporations around the world. It's an important job, and they're only in it for potentially four years. Eight at the most. Here is a top 5 list of the annual salaries, in U.S. dollars, of the top 5 best-paid global leaders, with the country’s population and how many times the average per capita GDP of the nations they govern they earn.



#5. President Donald Trump, U.S.A - $400,000

The 45th President of the U.S.A Donald J Trump (born June 14, 1946) He took charge of his family's real estate business in 1971, renamed it The Trump Organization, and expanded it from Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and beyond. The Trump Organization built or renovated skyscrapers, hotels, casinos, and golf courses. At $400K a year, President Donald Trump salary is seven times the average U.S. per capita GDP of $57,467. Population of the U.S.A is 325.7 million, with a land area of 9,147,593 sq km.



Worth around $3 billion dollars, President Donald Trump famously promised during the 2016 U.S. A presidential elections to draw a $1.00 salary ( U.S laws prohibits unpaid work ) and donate the rest of the Presidential salary should he be elected. President Donald Trump is following through on a promise he made while on the campaign trail, donating presidential pay in quarterly chunks to various government departments.


President Donald Trump is not the first President of the U.S.A to donate the presidential salary. President Herbert Hoover, who was elected after made his fortune in mining, and John F Kennedy, who inherited his fortune, both gave up their salaries and donated them to charity.


#4. President Alexander Van der Bellen, Austria — $404,466

The President of Austria, Alexander Van der Bellen (born 18 January 1944) had previously served as a university professor of economics and when entering politics was the spokesman of the Austrian green party. In December 2016 he became President of Austria winning approximately 54% of the vote. President Van der Bellen earns nine times the annual Austrian GDP of $44,176 per person. Population of Austria 8,747,000, with a area of 83,879 km².


Mr van der Bellen has described himself as a ‘child of immigrants’: his father was born in Russia to a family descended from Dutch immigrants, and his mother was born in Estonia. Both parents fled Estonia in 1940 following the Soviet invasion, moving first to Germany and eventually settling in Austria where Alexander was born.


#3. Chancellor Walter Thurnherr, Switzerland — $470,281

Walter Thurnherr ( born July 11th 1963 ) graduated as a physicist at the ETH Zurich. In 1989, he joined the ranks of Switzerland's diplomatic corps. Walter Thurnherr began his political career In 2002. On 9 December 2015, as the first unopposed candidate in ninety years, he was elected with 230 votes (out of 234 possible) by the Swiss Federal Assembly. Chancellor Thurnherr takes home six times the average Swiss GDP of some $78,813 per person per year.


Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr acts as the Federal Council's chief of staff. He supports the President and the Federal Council in the performance of their government duties. He attends the weekly meetings of the Federal Council in an advisory capacity along with the Vice Chancellors, but also has the right to table motions.


#2. President of the Swiss Confederation — $482,958

The position of President of the Swiss Confederation rotates among the seven councilors on a yearly basis, with one year's Vice President of the Federal Council becoming the next year's Confederation President. Simonetta Sommaruga has been the incumbent officeholder since 1 January 2020. While the entire council is responsible for leading the federal administration of Switzerland, each councilor heads one of the seven federal executive departments. The presidents of the Swiss Federation take home just over 6 times the average Swiss per capita GDP. Population of Switzerland is 8.372 million, with a area of 41,285 km²


Simonetta Myriam Sommaruga (born 14 May 1960) is a Swiss politician serving as President of the Swiss Confederation since 2020. A member of the Social Democratic Party, she has been a Member of the Federal Council since 2010.


#1. Prime minister Scott John Morrison, Australia — $527,854

Scott John Morrison (born 13 May 1968) is an Australian politician serving as the 30th and current Prime Minister of Australia and Leader of the Liberal Party since 24 August 2018. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2007, representing the Division of Cook in New South Wales. Prime minister John Morrison is paid about 10.6 times the average annual per capita GDP of Australia. of some $49,927.82 per person per year. Population of Australia is 24.13 million with a land area of 7.692 million km². ​ Scott Morrison became leader of the Liberal Party and prime minister of Australia in August 2018 following a challenge by the right wing of the party to the leadership of Malcolm Turnbull, who stepped down as party leader and prime minister. After Peter Dutton, who instigated the leadership challenge, was unable to win enough support to succeed Turnbull, Morrison ascended to the premiership as a compromise candidate.


Honorable Mention: President José Alberto "Pepe" Mujica Cordano of Uruguay

One of the most popular and respected political leaders, José Mujica, who served as the 40th President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015. While in office, President José Mujica donated Approximately 90% of his $150,000 annual salary to charity, keeping only $15,000 for himself and his wife. He declined the Presidential Residence, and choose to live a humble life in a simple house on his wife’s farm. He drove a 1987 VW Beetle.

When he was 13, he became a National Party activist. Later on, he was a leading member of Tupamaros, a guerrilla organization, who opposed the Uruguayan government up to a year before Uruguay’s military regime began. He was imprisoned for 12 years during the military dictatorship in the 1970s and 1980s. He was freed in 1985, following the restoration of democracy in Uruguay. Mujica went on to form a left-wing political party and became a senator in 1999. As the candidate of the Broad Front, he won the 2009 presidential election and took office as President on 1 March 2010.

President Jose Mujica, He Lived on a farm He Drove a VW Beetle He donated 90% of his salary

After five years in power, the man described as the "world's most humble president" has stepped down from office in Uruguay. At his retirement this year, he had a +70% approval rating.