Powerful Salaries


They might rule some of the most powerful countries on earth; but some of them get paid less than a full time nanny.

President Obama has arguably one of the toughest jobs in the world. And for his troubles he pulls in $400,000 a year. A salary that is paid by tax paying citizens. Broken down into an hourly amount, the president makes $220 an hour for a forty hour week.

Of course this isn't the first family's only source of income. The President and Mrs. Obama both pull in royalties from books, speaking fees, and personal investments. When he leaves office the president will have an estimated net worth of $14 million.

So how does our president stack up with other leaders? Despite having the largest population of people the president of China only makes $22,000 a year. To see what other world leaders pulls in including which country blows President Obama’s salary out of the water click the link below. Great power doesn't always mean a great fortune.