Angela Merkel Highest-Paid Politician in the World

Angela Merkel
Angela Merkel led People With Money’s annual list of the “100 highest paid politicians” released on Thursday.

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It's been a rough year for the politician, but at least she has her millions of dollars to ease the pain. 63-year-old Angela Merkel has taken the No. 1 spot on People With Money’s top 10 highest-paid politicians for 2017 with an estimated $75 million in combined earnings.

UPDATE 21/07/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Angela Merkel tops annual list of highest-paid politicians

In 2015 it looked like the politician’s spectacular career was winding down. Suddenly, she was back on top. People With Money reports on Thursday (July 20) that Merkel is the highest-paid politician in the world, pulling in an astonishing $75 million between June 2016 and June 2017, a nearly $40 million lead over her closest competition.

People With Money’s factors

In compiling this yearly list, the magazine considers factors such as upfront pay, profit participation, residuals, endorsements and advertising work.

The German politician has an estimated net worth of $215 million. She owes her fortune to smart stock investments, substantial property holdings, lucrative endorsement deals with CoverGirl cosmetics. She also owns several restaurants (the “Fat Merkel Burger” chain) in Berlin, a Football Team (the “Kasner Angels”), has launched her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondermerkel - Germany), and is tackling the juniors market with a top-selling perfume (With Love from Angela) and a fashion line called “Angela Merkel Seduction”.

The ranking is significant for many Angela fans, who have been waiting for her triumphant return to the glory days for what seems like a lifetime.

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