Who are the Best Paid Presidents in Latin America?

Who are the Best Paid Presidents in Latin America?

Noticiero Univision ranked Guatemalan President, Jimmy Morales as the best-paid president in Latin America.  Morales makes $19,454 per month in a country where the minimum salary is $398.69 per month.

The second best-paid president in Latin America is Sebastian Piñera, Chile, who makes $14,580 per month.


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Chile’s President, Sebastian Piñera. Photo: Esteban Felix/Associated Press


He is followed by Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, who makes $14,316 per month, although his successor, Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced he will lower his salary to less than half of Nieto’s amount and will make $5,740 per month. Minimum Mexican salaries are $141 per month.


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Enrique Peña Nieto and Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Presidencia.


The worst paid president in Latin America is Bolivian President, Evo Morales, who makes $3,483 per month.


Evo Morales. CadenaAgramonte. Photo: Prensa Latina.


Presidential Rankings and salary sources cited in Noticiero Univision, Night Edition, 8/22/18. 

Soledad Quartucci

Dr. Soledad Vidal Quartucci has a PhD from UC Irvine in United States History with an emphasis in Immigration and Feminist studies. She has a passion for bringing immigrant narratives to the forefront of the American experience. Immigrants’ concerns and contributions don’t normally make it to mainstream American news. Her writings are a contribution to broadening what makes news in America; she is especially interested in raising awareness of urgent human rights concerns surrounding the immigrant American experience and its interconnectedness to Central and Latin American politics and histories. Her dissertation, “Politics, Community and Pleasure: The Making of Mexican American Cold War Narratives in the Pages of La Opinion” adds a chapter to the cultural history of the post war period--one that has primarily focused on the experiences of Anglo Americans--by bringing to light how the Mexican American newspaper La Opinion interpreted and helped to shape the period. An analysis of La Opinion reveals a community’s preoccupation with identity politics, cultural pride and assimilative practices. The dissertation is organized around the discourse of the American dream; specifically, how the desire for consumption, liberal citizenship and labor in post World War II America produced specific accounts of migration in the pages of La Opinion. Through its publishers, editors and columnists La Opinion performed and celebrated political difference and civic duty to claim a stake in Americanism during the Cold War period.

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