Paychecks that world leaders take home


Cairo/New Delhi: As Egypt celebrates the success of their revolution, the focus now shifts to its ex-President, Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak, who publicly stated to take home a salary of nearly Rs. 46,000 a month as President, is now facing the heat as details of the assets worldwide emerge thick and fast.

Mubarak’s and his family’s net worth is estimated to be between $40 billion (Rs. 182,500 crore) and $70 billion (Rs. 319,500 crore). The Mubarak family owns properties in London, Paris, Madrid, Dubai, Washington, New York and Frankfurt, according to a report from IHS Global Insight.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh doesn’t earn a salary as such, but his various cash allowances total approximately Rs. 50,000 rupees plus other perks.

President of India Pratibha Patil takes home a salary of  Rs. 1.5 lakh every month.

Almost everything that the President does or wants to do is taken care of by the nearly Rs. 30 crore budget that the government allots for her upkeep. The allocation also covers establishment-related expenses in respect of all the staff of the secretariat and expenditure on household establishment and purchase of vehicles.

President of United States Barack Obama paycheck: Obama earns $33,333 every month, along with a $50,000 annual expense account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment.

President of Iran Mehmoud Ahmadinejad paycheck: Ahmadinejad takes home a paltry Rs. 11,373 every month. What’s surprising is that, as per media reports, Ahmadinejad doesn’t draw his salary as President but as a lecturer in a university college! For additional information, the Iranian President still lives in his house and not the Presidential palace.

President of China Hu Jintao paycheck: Hu Jintao earns Yuan 70,078 (Rs. 483,639) a month.

President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak paycheck: Lee Myung-bak earns close to 1.8 billion won or Rs. 7.3 crore per annum.

Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron paycheck: At present, the Prime Minister receives £142,500 (Rs. 1.4 crore), including a salary of Rs. 65,737 as a Member of Parliament per annum.

President of Chile Sebastian Pinera paycheck: Pinera takes home $12,600 or Rs. 5.7 lakh a month.

President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono paycheck: Yudhoyono gets Rupiah 62 million or Rs. 3.16 lakh a month.

President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe paycheck: Mugabe takes home about $1,500 or Rs. 68,250 every month.

President of Portugal Anibal Cavaco Silva paycheck: On paper, Silva earns 6,523.93 euros or Rs. 4.1 lakh a month. However, the Portuguese president Anibal Cavaco Silva has not been receiving his presidential salary ever since a new law was passed in Western Europe’s poorest country prohibiting public servants from drawing both a salary and a pension at the same time. The 71-year-old conservative receives pensions from the central bank and Universidade Nova von Lissabon worth a total of 10,042 euros or nearly Rs. 6.2 lakh per month, according to media reports.

President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev paycheck: Medvedev reportedly earns $9,493 or Rs. 4.3 lakh a month.

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