African President Salaries – Leaders on the Continent Making Big Bucks


The topic of “African President Salaries” is one which is more than likely to draw various comments from ordinary citizens.  

With the different challenges faced by many African countries, it’s not surprising that many citizens ask themselves how much the presidents of their countries earn on an annual basis.

According to data compiled by media house Africa Review, South African President, Jacob Zuma is the third-highest paid leader on the African continent. The report did not however take into account money used from the countries’ coffers for personal use.

According to the findings, President Zuma earns 22.72 times more than the average citizen in the country.

A further look at African President Salaries reveals that leaders on the continent making big bucks include the likes of Zuma, who trails in third place ($272 000) behind Paul Biya of Cameroon ($610 000) and King Mohammed VI of Morocco ($480 000).

  • Jakaya Kikwete – Tanzania – $19 200 (R2.8 m)
  • Abdul Aziz Bouteflika- Algeria- $168 000 (R2.5 m)
  • Teodoro Nguema- Equatorial Guinea – $150 000 (R2.2 m)
  • Uhuru Kenyatta- Kenya – $132 000 (R1.9m)
  • Ikililou Dhounine – Comoros- $115 000 (R1.7m)
  • Denis Sassou Nguesso- Congo Republic – $110 000 (R1.6 m)
  • Hage Geingab – Namibia- $110 000 (R1.6m)
  • Robert Mugabe – Zimbabwe- $108 000 (R1.6 m)

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who earns $90 000 per annum, earns 114 times more than the average citizen in that country.

Various countries have their own criteria for deciding how much a President earns annually. In South Africa, the President has no say in his salary. Instead, the Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers recommends how much the president should earn, following which this is debated in parliament. Members of Parliament then vote on the recommendations.


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