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Best-paid politicians in Asia-Pacific

Best-paid politicians in Asia-Pacific

The highest-earning politician in Asia-Pacific (and the world) brings in US$2.2 million a year. Read on to see who it is
Lee Hsien Loong
Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (left) and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung.

Does a high salary keep politicians away from other extra-curricular distractions? Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong thinks so. Then again, who wouldn't defend an annual salary of US$2.2 million dollars?

Loong came top of a recent report from CNBC that ranked the highest-earning politicians in Asia-Pacific. That's six times more than U.S President Obama earns. 

Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang pulls in US$530,000, 30 times Chinese President Hu Jintao's salary of US$18,000.

But not all are in it for the money.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak makes US$137,000 annually, which he pledged to the underprivileged, having already built up a personal fortune of US$31 million as former Hyundai CEO. 

The list: 

1. Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister, Singapore -- US$2.2 million

2. Donald Tsang, Chief Executive, Hong Kong -- US$530,000

3. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia -- US$345,000

4. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand -- US$290,000

5. Naoto Kan, Prime Minister of Japan -- US$273,000

6. Ma Ying-jeou, President of Taiwan -- US$184,000

7. Lee Myung-bak, President of South Korea -- US$137,000

8. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia -- US$124,000