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World Leaders’ Salary

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2012

Barack Obama – President US – Born: USA, Hawaii 1961 – Married – Children: 2

  • Annual: USD 400,000.00
  • Monthly: USD 33,333.00
  • Weekly: USD 8,000.00
  • Daily: USD 1,600.00
The Obama family, in tax returns released Friday 13, 2012 by the White House, reported an adjusted gross income of $789,674 for 2011, down from $1,728,096 in the previous year. The family income topped $5.5 million in 2009. The president earns a salary of $400,000 for his day job. His total earnings are much higher because of his books sales.Note: the VIP Salary Check is based on a 5 days working week and 2 weeks holiday per year.
NetWorth: between $1 million and $2.5 million
Xi Jinping – President of People’s Republic of China – Born: 1953 China – Married – Children: 1

  • Annual: USD 39,720.00
  • Monthly: USD 3,310.00
  • Weekly: USD 794.00
  • Daily: USD 158.00
WantChinaTimes July 2012: Xi Jinping earned US$3,275 a month as the Chinese vice president and vice chairman of the Central Military Commission. For his salary as President of China, we adapted the salary of Hu Jintao. In July 2012 the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo revealed last Wednesday the monthly salary of Hu, also chairman of the Communist Party’s Central Military Commission, is 21,119 yuan (US$3,310), according to the salary scale for China’s public servants.
    • Heinz Fischer – President Austria – Born: 1938 Austria – Married – Children: 2
      Heinz Fischer
      • Annual: USD 393,443.00
      • Monthly: USD 32,787.00
      • Weekly: USD 7,869.00
      • Daily: USD 1,574.00
    • Herman van Rompuy – President of the European Council – Born: 1947 Belgium -Married – Children: 4
      Herman van Rompuy
      • Annual: USD 498,228.00
      • Monthly: USD 41,519.00
      • Weekly: USD 9,965.00
      • Daily: USD 1,993.00
    • Raila Odinga (Agwambo) – Prime Minister Kenya – Born: 1945 Kenya – Married -Children: 4
      Raila Odinga (Agwambo)
      • Annual: USD 427,886.00
      • Monthly: USD 35,657.00
      • Weekly: USD 8,557.00
      • Daily: USD 1,711.00
    • Julia Gillard – Prime Minister Australia -Born: 1961 UK – Boyfriend
      Julia Gillard

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The Euro – Going From Bad to Worse

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 27, 2012

By Sir Christopher Meyer, Former British Ambassador to the United States and Germany, former Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission

The markets have steadied a bit after their loss of nerve on Monday. But you can’t help feeling that it is a bit like a climber, sliding down a glacier to his inevitable doom, who breaks his fall for a while on a crumbling ledge that soon will give way.

Things in Euroland have taken a bad turn for the worse – and it’s the politics, stupid. It is not just the uncertainty about the second round of French presidential elections on 6 May. François Hollande, the Socialist leader, will probably win, because it will be easier for him than for Nicolas Sarkozy to pick up votes from those whose candidates were knocked out in the first round. But the energetic Sarko should never be underestimated. He is pitching his campaign hard to gain votes from the hard Right supporters of Marine Le Pen. Herein lies the problem for the euro and for Germany.

It almost doesn’t matter who wins the election. The fiscal compact agreed in principle by 25 out of 27 European leaders in January – “a kind of German straitjacket for the fiscally wayward”, to quote Stephen King, group chief economist of HSBC – is Angela Merkel’s pride and joy, her answer to all the eurozone’s difficulties. Typically, like the euro itself, it has been designed to make everyone more like Germany. Hollande has already made it a plank of his campaign to renegotiate the compact. Meanwhile, as Sarkozy moves ever rightwards, striking a strongly nationalist tone (and risking the estrangement of centrist voters), he puts himself increasingly at odds with a compact designed to create greater fiscal union on German terms. If Sarko wins, it is hard to see how Merkozy, never the warmest of unions, can simply pick up where they left off. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Beginning of the End

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 23, 2012

By Anne Sinclair, Editorial Director, Le Huffington Post

The combination of Hollande/Sarkozy in the final round comes as no surprise. But that Nicolas Sarkozy ranked second behind Francois Hollande with just 24.4 percent of the vote (according to Ipsos estimates) is a nightmare for the man who received 31.2 percent in the first round of the 2007 elections. This is also the first time since the beginning of the Fifth Republic that the outgoing president has trailed his challenger in the first round. This is more than a disavowal; it’s a rejection. This is the beginning of the end of a mandate the French people hope to visibly put down.

Little remains for Nicolas Sarkozy to hope to prevail. The voter participation rate was at 80 percent today, which is closer to what it was in 2007 than in 2002. It comes as a surprise to those who had expected it to be much lower. And a speech by Nicolas Sarkozy aiming to mobilize voters would fall flat.

Marine Le Pen, who has tried to stick to social issues, has done a much better job than her father, receiving an unprecedented 20.1 percent of the vote, thanks to her return to the Front National’s basic themes: immigration and the fear of others. Her electorate will be divided at best into three pieces at: one half for Sarkozy, one quarter for Hollande, and one quarter who will stay at home on May 6. And this is where we may end up seeing a surprise. Read the rest of this entry »

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