Top 10 Highest Paid Politicians of Modern Times

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6. Angela Dorothea Merkel


Current Chancellor of Germany. Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. From 2006 to 2008, Forbes Magazine has named her the most powerful woman in the world. In 2007, she became the second woman to chair the G8 after Margaret Thatcher. Although married twice, Mrs. Merkel remains childless and gives all of her love and attention to politics. By doing so she is earning €228,000 or 303,000 US dollars. With Germany’s gross domestic product at 3,667,513 million USD we say go ahead Mrs. Merkel, spoil yourself!


7. Stephen Joseph Harper


Canada is the second largest country in the world, consisting of 10 provinces and 3 territories and spanning 9.9 million kilometres. The country itself is a federal state that is governed by a parliamentary democracy and is part of the constitutional monarchy under Queen Elizabeth II.

The economy is quite diversified, relying on natural resources and upon trade, especially with the United States and Mexico. It is significant for having the sixth highest HDI and tenth highest per capita income globally. This makes the country one of the best countries to live in.

Harper has been Prime Minister since 2006, winning a majority in May of 2011. His annual income (2011) comes in at $296, 400 USD. He’s done quite well for his country. Canada now ranks $1.58 trillion USD (2010) in terms of its GDP.


8. Julia Gillard:

Australia is one the most highly developed countries. It ranks 13 in terms of the largest economies and has the 5th highest per capita income in the world. For 40,000 years, it was inhabited by indigenous populations speaking approximately 250 languages. It was discovered by the Dutch in 1606, while Great Britain claimed the eastern half in 1770.

In January of 1901, the six colonies formed the Commonwealth of Australia. Since then, Australia has maintained a highly liberal democratic political system which functions as a parliamentary democracy.

Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister, of Australia ranks 7th on the list with an annual income of $286, 752. She’s been a political leader for decades, entering in her second year of University, after being introduced by State Labor Minister’s daughter. She is also significant for her role in leading the Australian Union of Students.


9. Naoto Kan:

This Prime Minister of Japan was reportedly making $273, 676 USD a year. However, it is important to note his efforts during the nuclear disaster in 2011 after earthquake and tsunami hit his country. He refused to be paid until the crisis in Fukushima was over.

Japan has come a long way since 1800s. Before 1854, the country lived in isolation having almost no contact with the outside world. Now it has become a country with the third largest economy by its nominal GDP and 4th largest economy by purchasing power parity. With the natural and nuclear disasters that hit the country in March of 2011, things do look weak for the country. However, I am sure it will pick up the pieces soon with the leadership of Kan.


10. Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin


This president elect and former Prime Minister of Russia is also one of the richest leaders. By many claims, Putin is the richest person in Russia, while being confronted with the same accusation Putin said “This is true. I am the richest person not only in Europe, but also in the world. I collect emotions…” His annual official income is $122,000 US dollars and with Russia’s gross domestic product at 1,676,586 million dollar USD, Time magazine’s “Person of the year” award winner for 2007, Putin not only “pulled Russia out of chaos”, he also manages his finances on the same scale.

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