No Surprise, Singapore’s PM is Still the Highest Salary Among All World Leaders

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In an article published on the website Brightside, the salaries of 13 world leaders were compared, with US President Donald Trump at the bottom of the list, as he only receives $1 per year. At the top of the list is Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who receives $2.2 million a year.

Here’s a summary of what 13 world leaders earn annually, and what the minimum monthly wages are in the country where they live.

13. Donald Trump, US President—Mr. Trump waived the Presidential salary of $400,000 a year ($33,000 a month, $1,095 a day), and only receives $1 annually. Since he has a fortune worth $3 billion, he can well afford this. The minimum salary in the US is $1,160 per month.

12. Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine—Mr. Poroshenko receives $12,220 a year ($1,018 a month, $33 a day). However his $1.3 billion makes him the sixth wealthiest person in his country. The minimum salary in the Ukraine is $133 per month.

11. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China—Mr. Xi earns $20,500 annually ($1,716 a month, $56 a day), the same amount since 2015, when it went up by more than 60 percent. Though neither he nor his family owns businesses, close relatives have a fortune of $376 million. The minimum monthly salary in China is between $150 and $300, depending on the location.

10. Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland—Mr. Niinistö earns $146,700 a year, ($12,225 a month, $402 a day). The minimum monthly salary in Finland is about $2000, though is not limited by law.

9. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia—Mr. Putin earns $151,000 a year, ($12,586 a month, $414 a day). The minimum monthly salary in Russia is $140.

8. Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom—Mrs May earns $198,500 a year ($16,542 a month, $544 a day). The minimum monthly salary in the UK is $1569.

7. Emmanuel Macron, President of France—Mr. Macron earns $211,500 a year ($17,628 a month, $580 a day). The minimum monthly salary in France is $1758.

6. Jimmy Morales, President of Guatemala. Mr Morales earns $232,000 ($19,300 a month, $634 a day) a year and is the highest paid of all Latin American leaders. However, he gives 60% of his wages to charity, in fulfillment of a campaign promise he made. The minimum monthly salary in Guatemala is $200.

5. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany—Mrs Merkel makes $263,000 a year ($22,000 a month, $720 a day). The minimum monthly salary in Germany is $1780.

4. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada—Mr. Trudeau earns $267,000 a year ($22,285 a month, $733 a day). The minimum monthly salary in Canada is $1400, on average, depending on the province.

3. Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia—Mr Turnbull earns $403,700 a year ($33,645 a month, $1,106 a day). Mr. Turnbull, a former businessman and banker, is a multimillionaire.  The minimum monthly salary in Australia is $1900.

2. Doris Leuthard, President of the Swiss Confederation. Ms Leuthard earns $437,000 a year ($36,000 a month, $1,200 a day), an amount equal to the salaries of all other ministers combined. There is no minimum wage in Switzerland, except for the Canton of Neuchâtel, where it is $20 for every hour.

  1. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore. Mr. Lee makes $2.2 million a year ($147,000 a month, $7,350 a day). Mr. Lee’s father, who jump started Singapore’s economics, was Prime Minister before him. His wages are the highest among all the world leaders, and he deems it to be fair and realistic.” Singapore runs of a budget of  $53 million annually. Mr Lee actually used to be paid more, but when citizens complained, the amount was reduced by more than one-third. Singapore’s minimum salary is not limited by law, but it is approximately $1,000 per month.

Singaporean netizens had mixed reactions to the list.

82 COMMENTS

  1. On top of that he has so many ministers in the Prime Minister’s office. This means he is paid to do fuck all. And singaporeans are happy about it.

    What has he done for Singapore except to increase taxes?
    Singaporeans are the world’s most stupid people to vote for them. They simply love to vote them and get screwed.
    Idiots!

  2. The rocket trajectory of Ministers salaries started since LKY in the 1980s. Nearly forty years already. The sky is not the limit renumeration of Temasick chief started about thirty years when the wife got the prize.

    LKY’s dafts only realize the issue now about government overpaying themselves massively and the clear conflicts in interests?? Why KPKB now? What concrete action have you taken to keep government in check? None.

    You voted to silence your own voices. This is what you voted, to be screwed. You deserve all the pain and hardships for voting stupidly. So suck it up and stop KPKB.

    You only have one more chance to make things right by kicking them out. Vote wisely in the next election.

  3. When the majority of Singaporeans are meek and indifferent and dare not voice out loudly enough about having a government that is both greedy and mediocre at best, that kind of attitude over time must embolden their appetite. A nation of sheep must beget a government of wolves.

    • I HV ALREADY TOLD U ALL HOW AND WHY THE MM AND MM POSITIONS WERE CREATED?

      BECOS AS SOON AS ROTTON LHL TOOK OFFICE, HE WANTED TO HARM ME AS I HAD JUST RESIGNED FROM THE CIVIL SVS IN WHICH I WAS SUFFERING FROM VERY BAF BACK PAIN DUE TO JOB HAZARD.

      BUT THE THEN HALIMAH YACOOB WAS THEN UNION EXECUTIVE HAD REFUSED TO HELP ME AT ALL BECOS SHE WAS BIAS TOWARDS THE GOVT. I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO RESIGN OTHERWISE I MIGHT GET PARALYSED

      SO, ROTTON LEADER LHL WANTS TO SIDE CIVIL SVS AND HE MADE A BIG BLUNDER STATEMENT TOBTHE EFFECT THAT ANY CHANGE OF JOB NATURE DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR AN INCREASE IN SALARY. OBVIOUSLY, WANT TO MAKE SURE I DON’T GET A BETTER SALARY IN THE PTE SECTOR SO AS NOT TO UNDER THE CIVIL SVS.

      BUT WHY ANY RESHUFFLE OF CABINET MINISTERS TAKING NEW ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES IN DIFFERENT MINISTRIES, HIS CRONY MINISTERS CAN QUALIFY FOR PROMOTIONS AND SALARY INCREMENTS?

      THIS SHOWS THIS ROTTON LEADER NOT ONLY BIAS AND NOT UPRIGHT PERSON BUT WHO HAS NO SUBSTANCE.

      AFTER HIS BLUNDER STATEMENT, THE PUBLIC TOOK CUES AND STARTED TO STREAMLINE AND TO RETRENCH SENIOR WORKERS WHO HAD WORKED THEIR WAY UP THE CORPORATE LEADERS WERE REPLACED BY YOUNG AND MORE EDUCATED WITH LOWER PAY.

      THEN HIS CRONY CABINET MINISTERS QUICKLY PERSUADED AND CONVINCED LKY TO UPLIFT 4-DECADE OF GAMBLING BAN TO BUILD TWO CASINOES IN SG.

      I CRITICISED LKY.

      I ARGUED THAT LKY HAD BANNED GAMBLING WHEN HE BECAME PM BECOS OF SOCIAL WOES 4 DECADES AGO.

      IF THE NATURE OF GAMBLING IS NOT GOOD 4 DECADES AGO, AND 4 DECADES LATER, ITS NATURE REMAINS UNCHANGED, THAT’S WHY THE GAMBLING BAN IS STILL VALID.

      THEN HOW COULD ONE EXPECT THE NATURE OF GAMBLING BE GOOD 4 DECADES DOWN THE ROAD IN THE FUTURE?

      SUBSEQUENTLY, I CAME OUT WITH VARIOUS INITIATIVES TO FIX THE ECONOMY.

      I ALSO FIXED TWO GLOBAL PROBLEMS, US FINANCIAL CRISIS AND SARS.

      LKY THEN DECIDED TO CREATE SM AND ESM POSITIONS FOR HIMSELF AND GCT RESPECTIVELY.

  4. Donald Trump is paid $1 yet he promised to take great care of his very own country fellowmen but this dishonourable son take millions and take care of foreigners with free education and living allowances of $2000 per month
    This greedy mathematician is the one who copy from American the GST system but did not follow their Universal basic income system
    He makes the poor, become homeless and the rich become tycoon! This rebellious dishonourable son has no against his daddy way of management !
    We will see a great change in this coming GE2019

  5. Ours is still the highest and everlasting. The best in the world. Can only be the work of brainy scholars.
    There is a clear pathway to endless riches, from OJT to DeputyPM to PM then to MM or PM emeritus. So many prestigious titles to choose from to last a lifetime with zero accountability to any mistakes, simply just move on.
    Added altogether as a whole, there can be no competition from the rest.

  6. Come on lah.. Everybody you dont compair, you compare Trump with LHL.. What a lousy comparison!! You think Trump is excited about the miserable $400k president pay? He is more interested in making new tax cuts which he and his Trump empire can save billions of dollars each year.

  7. Why should I be paying taxes that contributing / subsidizing to the benefits of the ministers and the political appointees, and associates drawing millions? Why should I be making the rich even richer? (My taxes should be going to the poor and needy and not to the (super) rich!)

    I don’t mind paying taxes if I know the tax I paid and the money is spend on helping poorer and needy Singaporeans, and not “subsidizing” or going to the multi million Ministers and the high political appointee and their associates pay.

    why dont choose to spend less on ministerial / poltical appointee multi-millions pay and anything that is not necessary, such as flying business or First Class (for ministers and top officials,etc) ???

    Isn’t serving of the country not supposing to be about “dollars and cents”???

    Also, can cut down on “wasteful” fireworks, and “wasteful” celebration that does not really bring real / direct benefits to the average / Low income singaporeans. (Might as well give the money spent on such to the average/Low and needy income families / singaporeans.)

    Not to forget also : a omg! $800k super posh design and construction of rubbish bin, how millions are spent on piano (50 Steinway & son $26,000 each for sing50 concert), YOG grossly over burst of budgets (claiming due to inexperiences), just to name a few …

  8. Moreover the whole familee can come in to grow and divide up the cake as well, sit-in in ministry meetings with hubby, getting first hand gossips, treated like another premier natural aristocrat by lesser aristocrats, where else could you find such familee perks?

  9. How about the various million and billion dollars deal that Donald use his position to get for his business empire? You people are just too simple mind use your brain. Yes he promise to take care of his people by giving teachers guns from the country revenue so that his supporters selling guns are benefitted Self Interest great that you support Donald

    • ALL HIS CRONY MINISTERS VOTED LHL TO BE THE LEADER OF PAP, HENCE PM OF SG. IT IS DONE AFTER THE ELECTION AND PM. IS NOT ELECTED OR CHOSEN BY NETIZENS AT ALL.

      BY THE FACT THAT PAP CAN CHOOSE SUCH ROTTON LEADER WHO IS BIAS, NOT UPRIGHT AND HAS NO SUBSTANCE, THEN IT SHOWS PAP HAS NO GOOD FORESIGHT AT ALL.

      BEFORE THAT, GCT HAS INSISTED ON CHOOSING LHL AS HIS SUCCESSOR DESPITE LKY HAD TURNED GCT’S RECOMMENDATION DOWN TWICE.

      THEN, IT SHOWS GCT HAS NO GOOD FORESIGHT TOO.

  10. Neither smartness nor riches are determinants of greatness. What makes a man extraordinary is his character : vision, courage, and moral authority. Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luthur King, and Mahatma Gandhi to name three. Government of the people, by the people, for the people. I have a dream. My life is my message. Let us measure ourselves by these parameters.

  11. PLS READ THIS POSTING IN CONJUNCTION WITH MY EARLIER POSTING ON 27.2.18 (@1.00PM)

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10209036569271634&id=1839725545

    REITERATE
    ============
    STOP ASSOCIATING ME WITH TIMOTHY GO. I DON’T NEED PARTNER AT ALL. WHY MUST I GET MARRIED FOR THE SAKE OF A JOB AND FOR THE SAKE TO BENEFIT. ROTTON PAP, ASEAN, EAST ASIA AND OTHERS?

    ALONE, I’M ALREADY DOING VERY WELL.

    ===============

    SOME NETIZENS SAID THAT SOME OF THOSE CRONY PAP MINISTERS NOT ONLY EARNING WORLD HIGHEST PAID POLITICIAN SALARIES BUT THEY ALSO TAKE UP DIRECTORSHIP IN OTHER CRONY AGENCY COMPANIES AND EARN “DIRECTORSHIP FEES” TOO.

    IS IT NECESSARILY TRUE THAT ACCORDING TO LKY’S LEGACY OF PAYING HIGH SALARIES TO ROTTON PAP MINISTERS IS TO PREVENT “CORRUPTION”?

    AS YOU CAN SEE IT, SINCE ROTTON PAP MINISTERS ARE DRAWING WORLD HIGHEST PAID SALARIES, THEN ALL OTHER WORLD LEADERS’ ANNUAL SALARIES ARE OBVIOUSLY NOT COMPARABLE TO ROTTON PAP’S. SO, INDIRECTLY, OTHER WORLD LEADERS ARE
    “CORRUPTIVE” PEOPLE!! WHAT AN INSULT TO THEM?

    AS SUCH, IF OTHER WORLD LEADERS EARNINGS ARE NOT COMPARABLE TO ROTTON PAP MINISTERS AND YET STILL CAN GOVERN THEIR COUNTRIES IN A GOOD WAY, THEN, IT PROVES LKY’S LEGACY IS “ABSOLUTELY FLAWED” AGAIN!!

    CONVERSELY, IT MAKES ROTTON PAP MINISTERS NOT ONLY APPEAR INCOMPETENT THEMSELVES BUT THEY ARE ALSO “LEGALLY CORRUPTIVE” IN MANY WAYS UNTIL NETIZENS ARE
    CRYING OUT IN PAIN AND SUFFERINGS!! WHERE ARE ROTTON GOVT’S CONSCIENCE??

    READ OTHER NETIZENS’ COMMENTS POSTED IN TBIS LINK

    https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10209042980271905&id=1839725545

  12. I HV ALREADY TOLD U ALL HOW AND WHY THE MM AND MM POSITIONS WERE CREATED?

    BECOS AS SOON AS ROTTON LHL TOOK OFFICE, HE WANTED TO HARM ME AS I HAD JUST RESIGNED FROM THE CIVIL SVS IN WHICH I WAS SUFFERING FROM VERY BAF BACK PAIN DUE TO JOB HAZARD.

    BUT THE THEN HALIMAH YACOOB WAS THEN UNION EXECUTIVE HAD REFUSED TO HELP ME AT ALL BECOS SHE WAS BIAS TOWARDS THE GOVT. I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO RESIGN OTHERWISE I MIGHT GET PARALYSED

    SO, ROTTON LEADER LHL WANTS TO SIDE CIVIL SVS AND HE MADE A BIG BLUNDER STATEMENT TOBTHE EFFECT THAT ANY CHANGE OF JOB NATURE DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR AN INCREASE IN SALARY.

    BUT WHY ANY RESHUFFLE OF CABINET MINISTERS TAKING NEW ROLE IN DIFFERENT MINISTRIES CAN QUALIFY FOR PROMOTIONS AND SALARY INCREMENTS?

    THIS SHOWS THIS ROTTON LEADER NOT ONLY BIAS AND NOT UPRIGHT PERSON BUT WHO HAS NO SUBSTANCE.

    AFTER HIS BLUNDER STATEMENT, THE PUBLIC TOOK CUES AND STARTED TO STREAMLINED AND RETRENCHED SENIOR WORKERS WHO WORKED THEIR WAY UP THE CORPORATE LEADERS WERE REPLACED BY YOUNG AND MORE EDUCATED WITH LOWER PAY.

    THEN HIS CRONY CABINET MINISTERS QUICKLY PERSUADED AND CONVINCED LKY TO UPLIFT 4-DECADE OF GAMBLING BAN TO BUILD TWO CASINOES IN SG.

    I CRITICISED LKY.

    I ARGUED THAT LKY HAD BANNED GAMBLING WHEN HE BECAME PM BECOS OF SOCIAL WOES 4 DECADES AGO.

    IF THE NATURE OF GAMBLING IS NOT GOOD 4 DECADES AGO, AND 4 DECADES LATER, ITS NATURE REMAINS UNCHANGED, THAT’S WHY THE GAMBLING BAN IS STILL VALID.

    THEN HOW COULD ONE EXPECT THE NATURE OF GAMBLING BE GOOD 4 DECADES DOWN THE ROAD IN THE FUTURE?

    SUBSEQUENTLY, I CAME OUT WITH VARIOUS INITIATIVES TO FIX THE ECONOMY.

    I ALSO FIXED TWO GLOBAL PROBLEMS, US FINANCIAL CRISIS AND SARS.

    LKY THEN DECIDED TO CREATE SM AND ESM POSITIONS FOR HIMSELF AND GCT RESPECTIVELY.