Zuma under top five highest paid presidents in the world

CAPE TOWN/SOUTH AFRICA, 10JUN2009 -Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa at the Opening Plenary on Africa and the New Global Economy at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa, June 10, 2009 Copyright World Economic Forum www.weforum.org / Matthew Jordaan mattjordaanphoto@gmail.com

While the world is currently focusing on the United States of America and its new president-elect, Donald Trump, South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is weighing in with the heavy weights when it comes to an annual salary.

According to recent research, Zuma is the fourth highest paid president in the world with a salary of $223 000 per annum.

Former U.S. president, Barack Obama, is leading with a salary of $400 000 per year followed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with $260,000, while Angela Merkel brings home $234,000.

Trump told “60 Minutes” that he would decline a salary when he takes office in January. He said that he’d rather take a dollar every year instead of the $400,000 salary currently earned by Obama.

Interestingly, Trump isn’t the first U.S. president to make the symbolic gesture of forgoing the job’s salary. Herbert Hoover and John F Kennedy are two other notable examples. Away from politics, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page are also on a $1 salary.

Let’s see how these salaries compare with other heads of state around the world? – Niall McCarthy

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