Angela Merkel is a famous German political figure and is currently the Chancellor of Germany. She is also the head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). She has been the one joining the politics following the Revolutions of 1989. She was elected as the very first spokesperson for the first democratically elected East German Government.
Back in the 1990 after the unification of Germany, Merkel was elected as the Bundestag for the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state and she has been re-elected since then till date. In the following year in 1991, she was also appointed as the minister of Women and Youth for the federal government.
Apart from all of it, Merkel has been given the title of the World’s most powerful person by the polls conducted by the Forbes magazine which was possibly the highest ranking earned by a woman. She was also named as the Person of the Year by the Times magazine and is currently regarded as the longest running incumbent head of the government and is also the G7 senior.
Early life and education
Angela Merkel was born as Angela Dorothea Kasner in the year 1954 in Hamburg, Germany to Horst Kasner and his wife Herlind Kasner. Her father was a Lutheran pastor while her mother was a teacher of English and Latin. She has two younger siblings, a brother Marcus Kasner and her sister Irene Kasner.
Merkel was a very good student back in her school days and was awarded with a number of awards for her academics and even for mustering the Russian language. After completing her high school, she enrolled herself in the University of Leipzig and later earned her doctorate degree from the Central Institute of Physical Chemistry and Academy of Sciences. She wrote her thesis paper on Quantum Chemistry and has worked as a researcher and has published a number of papers since then.
Angel Merkel – Husband/s and children
- Angela Merkel married her first husband Ulrich Merkel who was a Physics student in the year 1977 but was soon divorced five years later in 1982.
- She remarried Joachim Sauer who is a quantum chemist and professor on December 30, 1998 in a private ceremony. She is step-mother to two sons from Sauer’s first marriage.
Who would have thought that a doctorate in Quantum Chemistry would later turn out as one of the most important political figure in the later years? Merkel stood in the 1990 federal elections following which she was elected to the Bundestag for the Vorpommern region. Following this, she has been re-elected for the post in the elections in the later years.
Merkel was soon elected as the cabinet minister under the women and youth section in the year 1994. After the 1998 elections, she was elected as the Secretary-General of the CDU. She was soon very much accepted among the masses of the German people and people thought she would become the next Chancellor but that didn’t happen eventually.
Merkel was finally elected as the Chancellor of Germany on November 22, 2005 after a stalemate election was held.
Angel Merkel – Salary and Net worth
Angela Merkel has an estimated net worth of $11.5 million. Her salary as a German Chancellor is $299,784