15. Tshering Tobgay (Prime Minister of Bhutan)
Salary: RM118,149 per year
Tshering is the prime minister of Bhutan who has been in office since 2013. In 2014, he received a salary hike to get between Nu 180,000 (RM143,961 per year and Nu 198,000 a month (RM158,061 per year). Though it was reported that he rejected the salary hike saying that he would donate the Nu 50,000 (RM39,991 per year ) from his revised monthly salary to charity. If we should go with his open rejection, it is believed the Prime Minister earns RM118,149 every year after subtracting Nu 50,000 (RM39,991 per year ) from his highest possible salary.
14. Pranab Mukherjee (President of India)
Salary: RM121,829 per year
Pranab Mukherjee is the current President of India and as such, the formal head of the executive, legislature and judiciary of India and also the commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces. Pranab Mukherjee earns RM121,829 per year while the prime minister of India, Narendra Modi earns RM128,175 every year.
13. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III (President of Philippines)
Salary: RM137,536 per year
Benigno Aquino III is the current president of Philippines. He is the recent head of state and head of government of the Philippines. The President leads the executive branch of the Philippine government and is the commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Benigno earns a basic salary of RM137,536 per year (₱120,000 per month) (₱ 8,640,000 total at six-year term as of 2012)
12. Prayut Chan-o-cha (Prime Minister of Thailand)
Salary: RM210,359 per year
Prayut Chan-o-cha is the Prime Minister of Thailand and therefore is the head of government of Thailand. He is also the chair of the Cabinet of Thailand. The man sitting on this post which has existed since the Revolution of 1932, when the country became a constitutional monarchy earns RM210,359 per year (RM17,529 per month) based on 2013 exchange rate of 0.033 USD to THB. Remember that all the benefits he gets for being the Prime Minister are not included.
11. Najib Razak (Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Salary: RM320,543 per year
Najib Razak is the sixth and current Prime Minister of Malaysia. He is the head of government (executive) of Malaysia who was sworn in to the position on the 3rd of April 2009 to succeed Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. Najib Razak is among the top earners on our list of highest paid presidents with a basic salary of RM320,543 per year (MYR 22,826.65 per month). Note that no account is taken of his numerous perks and benefits.
10. Benjamin Netanyahu (Prime Minister of Israel)
Salary: RM511,067 per year
Benjamin Netanyahu is the current Prime minister of Israel and the head of the Israeli government. He is the most powerful figure in Israeli politics. Although the President of Israel is the country’s head of state and nominal chief executive, his powers are hugely ceremonial. The Prime Minister who holds most of the real power pockets $120,814 every year as his basic salary excluding the variable perks and benefits.
9. Joko Widodo (President of Indonesia)
Salary: RM525,268 per year
Joko Widodo is the current president of Indonesia who on October 20th 2014, became the 7th president of Indonesia. He earns RM525,268 every year making him the 9th top earner among the presidents in Asia.
8. Tammam Salam (Prime Minister of Lebanon)
Salary: RM634,530 per year
Tammam Salam is a Lebanese politician who has been Prime Minister of Lebanon since February 2014 and the acting President of Lebanon since May 2014. He earns RM634,530 every year as his basic salary. Needless to say he takes home other variable perks.
7. Ma ying-Jeou (President of Republic of China)
Salary: RM778,356 per year
Ma ying-Jeou is a Taiwanese politician and the current President of the Republic of China (commonly known as Taiwan). He pockets RM778,356, which makes him the 7th highest paid Asian president.
6. Park Geun Hye (President of South Korea)
Salary: RM791,047 per year
Park Geun Hye is the president of South Korea. Note that based on the South Korean constitution, the president of South Korea is the chairman of the cabinet, the chief executive of the government, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the head of state of South Korea. She earns RM791,047 every year.
5. Shinzo Abe (Prime Minister of Japan)
Salary: RM857,461 per year
Shinzō Abe is the Prime Minister of Japan, re-elected to the position in December 2012. He is the 5th highest paid Asian president with a whooping salary of RM857,461 every year.
4. Ilham Aliyev (President of Azerbaijan)
Salary: RM951,795 per year
Ilham Aliyev is the current President of Azerbaijan. Republic of Azerbaijan is a contiguous transcontinental presidential republic in the Caucasus region, located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia. It is surrounded by the Caspian Sea to the east, Russia to the north, Georgia to the northwest, Armenia to the west and Iran to the south. The exclave of Nakhchivan is bounded by Armenia to the north and east, Iran to the south and west, while having a short border with Turkey in the northwest. The president of the country takes home RM951,795. Keep in mind that the president’s salary was converted according to the average rate of AZN to USD in 2009: 1 USD = 0,8 AZN in 2009. Also his salary is fixed in Election code.
3. Leung Chun-ying (President of Hong Kong)
Salary: RM2,242,006 per year
Hong Kong’s president takes the third spot of top 20 highest paid presidents in Asia. He earns as high as RM2,242,006 annually. The Cy Leung, chief executive of Hong Kong earns nearly 27 times the salary of Chinese president Xi Jinping.
2. Fuad Masum (President of Iraq)
Salary: RM3,425,078 per year
Fuad Masum is the president of Iraq and the head of state of Iraq who not only safeguards the commitment to the Constitution, preserves Iraq’s independence, sovereignty, unity, and the security of its territories in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, but also ratifies treaties and laws passed by the Council of Representatives, issues pardons on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, and performs the “duty of the Higher Command of the armed forces for ceremonial and honorary purposes. According to a new report, the current Iraqi president, Fuad Masum receives a total of RM3,425,078 (80 million dinars monthly) per annum.
1. Lee Hsien Loong (Prime Minister of Singapore)
Salary: RM7,191,340 per year
Ladies and Gentlemen, here comes our highest earning leader in Asia. Singapore’s Lee Hsien Loong earns a whooping RM7,191,340 every year. Loong’s salary is big enough to pay for the combined salaries of the leaders of India, Brazil, Italy, Russia, France, Turkey, Japan, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Germany. It is in fact 12.5 times as much as Putin’s salary. He is not only the highest paid political leader in Asia but also in the highest paid prime minister in the world.