President Zuma’s annual salary surpasses heads of state from countries wealthier than South Africa. He takes home R2.75 million per year which makes him the fourth highest paid after Germany’s leader Angela Merkel, Stephen Harper of Canada and US president Barack Obama who leads the pack.
Zuma earns about R100 000 more than United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron and about R250 000 more than Japan’s Shinzo Abe.
List of world leaders’ salaries:
Barack Obama (United States) – R5 million
Stephen Harper (Canada) – R3.2 million
Angela Merkel (Germany) – R2.9 million
Jacob Zuma (South Africa) – R2.75 million
David Cameron (United Kingdom) – R2.6 million
Shinzo Abe (Japan) – R2.5 million
Francois Hollande (France) – R2.4 million
Vladimir Putin (Russia) – R1.7 million
Matteo Renzi (Italy) – R1.5 million
Dilma Rousseff (Brazil) – R1.47 million
Narendra Modi (India) – R372 000
Xi Jiping (China) – R270 000