Angela Merkel is a politician from Germany who is the leader of Christian Democratic Union since 2000. She is currently the Chancellor of Germany and has been in that post since 2005. She is the European Union’s ‘de facto’ leader. Merkel became a politician in 1989 and has won elections since 1990. She is one of the most powerful women leaders in the world and has also served as the President of the European Council. Here is a quick summary of Angela Merkel’s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Angela Merkel Early Life
Angela Dorothea Merkel was born as Angela Dorothea Kasner to Herlind and Horst Kasner. She was born in Hamburg, West Germany on 17 July 1954. She has got the nickname of “Kasi”.
After her schooling, she went to Karl Marx University, Leipzig. She was a member of FDJ (Free German Youth). She has also studied in the Academy of Sciences.
From 1977 to 1982, Angela Merkel was married to Ulrich Merkel. In 1998, she got married to Professor Joachim Sauer. She has got no children of her own but has got two step-sons from her husband’s previous relationship.
She is a Lutheran and is an avid fan of football. She has been compared to Margaret Thatcher and has been known as “The Iron Frau” and “Iron Lady”. Merkel has been criticized on several occasions.
Angela Merkel Career, Awards & Achievement
In 1986, Angela Merkel received a doctorate. Later, she started working as a researcher and used to publish several papers. After the fall of Berlin Wall, she decided to have a career in politics. She contested the 1990 federal election and was elected to Bundestag.
She has won the re-elections six times from the constituency. Merkel first became the Minister for Women and Youth. In 1994, she became the Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety. In 2010, she replaced Wolfgang Schäuble to be the leader of CDU.
In November 2005, she became the Chancellor of Germany after a stalemate election. She was re-elected in 2009 and also in 2013. In 2017, her party again became a majority party and she continued to be the Chancellor of Germany.
As Chancellor, Merkel has taken many important policies in Germany. She has done many changes in the immigration as well as in the refugee and migration policy.
Merkel has also done several international trips and has met several global leaders like Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama, Silvio Berlusconi, and Donald Tusk. She is the de facto leader of European Union. She is currently the leader of G7.
Awards & Achievements
Angela Merkel has been conferred with the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding. In 2013, she won the Indira Gandhi Peace Prize. She has received several honors like Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, Norway’s Order of Merit, Saudi Arabia’s Order of Abdulaziz al Saud, Portugal’s Order of Infante Henry, Order of the Sun of Peru, Israel’s President’s Medal, America’s Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Bulgaria’s Order of the Balkan Mountains.
Net Worth of Angela Merkel
The estimated net worth of Angela Merkel is more than $14 million. Her annual income is an estimated $3 million. Apart from being the Chancellor of Germany, she has served as leader of Christian Democratic Union as well as the leader of the CSU Group. She was the General Secretary of CDU and has been the Federal Minister of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. She was also the Federal Minister of Women and Youth. She has been a member of Bundestag since 1991.
Angela Merkel is the most powerful female leaders in the world. She has met several top dignitaries like Dalai Lama and Vladimir Putin. She is a very influential woman and has appeared in the list of various print media including Forbes. She has also received a number of honors from across the world.