The following list has been compiled taking only the wages of Presidents into consideration. It is completely based on annual salary. Technically there are no poor Presidents. Those who rise to the top usually have some form of financial success. Here are the so called 10 poorest Presidents that we have compiled:
Leader of Vatican, Annual Salary : $0
Technically, he might not be labeled a President but the Pope is still a ruler of a state. Pope Francis became the leader of Vatican upon the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. Pope Francis doesn’t get salary for his services but he enjoys power and influence. The Argentinean born Pope also holds the honor of being the Bishop of Rome and the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
President of Iran, Annual Salary : $3,000
Mahmoud Ahmandinejad is the President of Iran and he has been leading the country since August 2005. For all of his endeavors as President, he only earns a measly sum of $3,000 annually. Some people in the world opt for power over money and Mahmoud seems to belong to that category. The man earned his bread and butter as a teacher before becoming politically active after the Islamic Revolution of 1979. The man was re-elected president in 2009 to wide disputes.
President of Afghanistan, Annual Salary : $6,300
Hamid Karzai earns $6,300 on a yearly basis for serving as the President of Afghanistan. Considering the political turmoil Afghanistan regularly goes through, Hamid Karzai has done pretty well for himself, staying at the helm since December 2001. Hamid Karzai was at the center of things when the Taliban regime was ousted with help from the American forces.
President of Zimbabwe, Annual Salary : $18,000
It is certainly not a surprise seeing a President from one of the African Nations making it to the list. The President of Zimbabwe earns $18,000 on a yearly basis. He has firmly stuck to his position since coming into power in December 1987. You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain. The once celebrated man, praised for leading guerrilla forces against the white rulers of Rhodesia has been involved in plenty of controversies since his rise to the top. His land reform program has seen a noticeable rise in violence.
President of Bulgaria, Annual Salary : $26,929
The President of Bulgaria earns $26,929 annually for his services. It may be considered a handsome amount for commoners like us but that kind of salary might seem like peanuts for the richer presidents of the world. Rosen has been serving as President since January 2012. The man’s former position as the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works put him in good stead and gave him the experience to thrive in the ultimate post. He believes in maintaining a better relationship between Bulgaria and China.
President of India, Annual Salary : $32,216
Pranab Mukherjee first got a real taste of power when he was elected President of India in July 2012. The man has an annual salary of $32,216 which is hardly befitting for the President of such an economical powerhouse. The man has been in the government for over 40 years and served as Union Finance Minister before being elected President.
President of Belarus, Annual Salary :$33,873
Alexander Lukashenko has an annual salary of $33,873. The dictator probably has plenty of illegal black money stacked up in banks with various different identities. He has been running the country as President since July 1994. The man was a former member of The Soviet Red Army and he regularly draws a lot of flak for his inhumane practices.
President of China, Annual Salary : $39,720
Being the President of the largest nation in the world doesn’t guarantee the largest paycheck. Xi Jinping got the honor to lead the country in 2013 after several years of grooming. In order to be suitable for the role, the man had to serve his country as Governor of Fuijan and Zhejiag. Apart from running the country as President, the man also carries the responsibilities of being the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China and the Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
President of Paraguay, Annual Salary : $40,000
The President of Paraguay reportedly takes home $40,000 annually for his services. He held the prestigious post for the first time in June 2012. The man earned his livelihood as a surgeon before services to the nation came calling. Federico didn’t reach the top without prior experience in the parliament. The man served as Vice President from 2008 to 2012. He is a member of the Authentic Radical Liberty Party.
President of Slovenia, Annual Salary : $44,280
Borut Pahor got his opportunity to become President of Slovenia in December 2012. He reportedly gets $44,280 annually for the work he does as President. Before striking it big in the country, Borut also served as chairman of the Assembly in the early 2000s from 2000-2004. Before bagging the coveted seat, Borut was already playing in the big leagues as Prime Minister of Slovenia from 2008 to 2012.