What is Angela Merkel Net Worth ?
Angela Merkel Net Worth 2023 : Angela Dorothea Merkel is a German politician who has been Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as Leader of the Opposition from 2002 to 2005 and as Leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) from 2000 to 2018.
A member of the Christian Democratic Union, Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. Merkel has been widely described as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world and by many commentators since 2016 as the “leader of the free world”
Angela Merkel Net Worth
Angela Merkel Net Worth: Angela Merkel is a German politician and former research scientist who has a net worth of $11.5 million. Angela Merkel was born July 17, 1954 in Hamburg, Germany. Trained as a physicist, Merkel entered politics after the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall.
Rising to the position of Chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, Merkel became Germany’s first female chancellor and one of the leading figures of the European Union, following the 2005 national elections.
In 2013, Merkel won one of the most decisive victories in German history, achieving the best result for the CDU/CSU (Christian Democratic Union/Christian Social Union) since reunification and coming within five seats of the first absolute majority since 1957. However, with the FDP (Free Democratic Party), its preferred coalition partner, failing to enter parliament for the first time since 1949, the CDU/CSU turned to the SPD (Social Democratic Party) to form the third grand coalition in postwar German history and the second under Merkel’s leadership.
Merkel made international headlines in October 2013 when she accused the U.S. National Security Agency of tapping her cell phone. She chided the United States for this privacy breach, saying that “Spying among friends is never acceptable,” according to CNN.com, at a summit of European leaders. Later reports revealed that the NSA may have surveilled Merkel since as early as 2002.
Education and scientific career
Merkel was educated at Karl Marx University, Leipzig, where she studied physics from 1973 to 1978. While a student, she participated in the reconstruction of the ruin of the Moritzbastei, a project students initiated to create their own club and recreation facility on campus. Such an initiative was unprecedented in the GDR of that period, and initially resisted by the University; however, with the backing of the local leadership of the SED party, the project was allowed to proceed.
At school, she learned to speak Russian fluently and was awarded prizes for her proficiency in Russian and mathematics. She was the best in her class in mathematics and Russian and completed her school education with the best possible average Abitur grade 1.0.
Near the end of her studies, Merkel sought an assistant professorship at an engineering school. As a condition for getting the job, Merkel was told she would need to agree to report on her colleagues to officers of the Ministry for State Security. Merkel declined, using the excuse that she could not keep secrets well enough to be an effective spy.
Merkel worked and studied at the Central Institute for Physical Chemistry of the Academy of Sciences in Berlin-Adlershof from 1978 to 1990. At first she and her husband squatted in Mitte.
At the Academy of Sciences, she became a member of its FDJ secretariat. According to her former colleagues, she openly propagated Marxism as the secretary for “Agitation and Propaganda”.
However, Merkel has denied this claim and stated that she was secretary for culture, which involved activities like obtaining theatre tickets and organizing talks by visiting Soviet authors. She stated: “I can only rely on my memory, if something turns out to be different, I can live with that.”
After being awarded a doctorate for her thesis on quantum chemistry in 1986, she worked as a researcher and published several papers.
In 1986, she was able to travel freely to West Germany to attend a congress; she also participated in a multi-week language course in Donetsk, in the then-Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.