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5 Of The Current Highest-paid Presidents In Africa (Photos)

1. Paul Biya

Paul Biya was born on 13 February 1933. He is a Cameroonian politician currently serving as the President of Cameroon since 6 November 1982.

A native of Southern Cameroon, Biya rose rapidly as a bureaucrat under President Ahmadou Ahidjo in the 1960s, serving as Secretary-General of the Presidency from 1968 to 1975 and then as Prime Minister of Cameroon from 1975 to 1982. He succeeded Ahidjo as president upon the latter’s surprise resignation in 1982 and consolidated power in a 1984 staged attempted coup in which he eliminated all his rivals.

Biya introduced political reforms within the context of a one-party system in the 1980s. Under serious pressure, he accepted the introduction of multiparty politics in the early 1990s. He supposedly won the 1992 presidential election with 40% of the plural, single-ballot vote and was re-elected by large margins in 1997, 2004, and 2011. Opposition politicians and Western governments have alleged voting irregularities and fraud on each of these occasions. Many independent sources have proved that he did not win the elections in 1992, and the subsequent elections were a rampant fraud. Biya is currently the longest-ruling non-royal leader in Africa and the oldest ruler in Sub-Saharan Africa after Robert Mugabe stepped down during the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d’état.

Biya has maintained Cameroon’s close relationship with France, one of Cameroon’s former colonial ruler besides the United Kingdom.

His monthly salary is US$50,833.33 per month. He is the highest paid African president.

2. Mohammed VI

Mohammed VI is the monarchial president of Morocco. He assumed the throne on 23 July 1999 after the death of his father, King Hassan II.

From an early age, he began to receive religious as well political training, attending Qur'anic school in the palace and accompanying his father on a state visit to the USA at the age of four. Later he completed his schooling at Collège Royal and then studied law at Mohammed V University at Agdal, eventually receiving his PhD degree from Université Nice Sophia Antipolis, France. All along, he continued to undertake his state duties. A keen sportsman, he also participated in different sports events.

After becoming the King of Morocco, he began undertaking a series of reforms, starting with reformation of the family code. Later he also helped to bring in a new constitution, which gave more power to the parliament at the expense of his own. He is also a well-established business person.

The privately owned Moroccan magazine Tel Quel took the unprecedented step of disclosing the leader’s salary, claiming Mohammed VI earned around $38,600 a month, less then a typical company director. According to this estimate, he would earn $463,000 a year, making him one of the highest paid African presidents at the moment.

3. Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa is a South African politician, businessman, anti-apartheid activist, trade union leader, and philanthropist. He is the incumbent president of the Republic of South Africa. Additionally, he is the President of the African National Congress and the Chairperson of the African Union.

Similarly, Cyril served as the Deputy President of South Africa from 2014 to 2018. Also, he was the former Chairman of the National Planning Commission responsible for strategic planning for the future of South Africa.

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa was born November 17, 1952, in Soweto, Johannesburg, SA. He is the second of three children, and was born to Samuel and Erdmuth Ramaphosa.

Cyril started his education at the Tshilidzi Primary School then moved to the Sekano Ntoane High School, Soweto. He also attended the Mphaphuli High School, Venda and headed the Christian Movement.

Subsequently, he attended the University of the North, Limpopo Province to study Law in 1972. At the university, Cyril joined student politics and organised rallies which later got him convicted for Terrorism Act, twice.

Thereafter, he worked as a law clerk for Jo’burg firm of Attorneys while he continued with his legal studies at the University of South Africa, where he obtained the B.proc. Degree in 1981.

Currently, he is married to Tshepo Motsepe, a medical doctor and the sister of the South African mining billionaire Patrice Motsepe.

Altogether, he has five known children. Also, he is a polyglot, known for including variety of South African languages in his speeches.

Cyril was appointed the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa by former President Jacob Zuma on May 25, 2014. He was also made leader of the Government Business in the National Assembly in accordance to the constitution.

After Jacob Zuma’s resignation, Cyril was elected unopposed as the President of the Republic of South Africa in February 2018, a position he holds to date.

He earns US$21,174.67.00 every month, and, currently, he is one of the highest paid African presidents.

4. Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta Muigai is the son of the first president of Kenya, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. He is also the fourth president of the country having won the general election that was conducted in March 2013.

Uhuru was born in October 1961 to Jomo’s fourth wife, Mama Ngina Kenyatta. He attended St Mary’s School in Nairobi where he completed his A Levels before leaving for Amherst College, USA, to study Political Science and Economics. He graduated in 1985.

Upon his graduation, Uhuru returned to Kenya and ventured into business, starting a number of companies including Wilham Kenya Limited, a company that sources for and exports agricultural produce.

His first foray into politics came in 2001 when he was nominated to Parliament and became Minister for Local Government under President Daniel Arap Moi. After that, Uhuru held several government positions including the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Ministry of Finance. Mr Kenyatta is married to Margaret Wanjiru Gakuo, who he describes as his best friend.

He is the fourth highest paid president in Africa even though he ordered that some percentage of his salary should be cut off in 2014. He earns US$13,860 monthly.

5. Emmerson Mnangagwa

Emmerson Mnangagwa is a Zimbabwean politician and the current president. He was sworn in as President on November 24, 2017 after Robert Mugabe was forced to resign post a coup d’état.

He remained a close ally to Robert Mugabe and served as the vice President under Mugabe’s presidency from 2014 to November 2017. He was also a key figure in the Zimbabwean War of Liberation and became the Minister of National Security, with Robert Mugabe as the head of the ruling party ZANU and the Prime Minister. In the next few decades, Emmerson served on many different positions in the Mugabe Government and proved a loyal ally to him.

Born and brought up in Shabani, Zimbabwe, Emmerson received his military training in China and Egypt and formed a group of young people known as ‘Crocodile Gang’ that terrorized Rhodesia’s white-minority rule. After creating a chaos leading his group, he was captured in 1965 and was sentenced to death, but he managed to trick everyone by proving to be under-21, which compelled the judiciary system to cancel his death sentence. While in jail, he met Robert Mugabe for the first time, and thus started a political and personal friendship that lasted for decades, until November 2017 when Mugabe was ‘forced’ to resign. The entire nation rejoiced as military intervened and forced Mugabe to step down.

He is ranked the fifth highest paid African president. He earns US$12, 272.08 monthly.

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