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President of Uruguay, José Mujica is getting world wide recognition and respect for donating 90 percent of his earnings to charitable causes. He has earned what most people would call an enviable reputation as the “poorest,” or the “most generous,” president in the world. His nickname, “el presidente mas pobre” translates to “poorest president”. 

The President said in a recent interview that the only big item he owns is his Volkswagen Beetle car, valued at $1,945 dollars (about N308,283) . He earns a salary of $12,500 a month (N1,981,250), but only keeps $1,250(N198,125) for himself, donating the rest to charity.  He lives in a farmhouse which is under his wife’s name, Lucía Topolansky, a Senator, who also donates part of her salary. 


The 77 year-old who has been Uruguay’s president since March 1, 2010 told El Mundo, “I do fine with that amount; I have to do fine because there are many Uruguayans who live with much less.” 

It was also reported that under his stewardship, Uruguay has become known for low levels of corruption. The South American country ranks as the second least corrupt country in Latin America in Transparency International’s global corruption index. 

Yahoo News reported that the President has no bank accounts, no debts, and he enjoys the companionship of his dog, Manuela. When his term is over, the President hopes to rest even more peacefully in his farmhouse, along with his wife and his inseparable dog.

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5 Comments

  1. GistNaija

    September 29, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    this is what a true leader shld portray and emulate. I am inspired. But other leaders are just rich while their people suffer.

  2. Gabriel Aja

    September 30, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    As I think of this man, I've can visualise his end from now. He will die well, occupy a mansion in heaven.

  3. Anonymous

    October 3, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Na Wash!

  4. Anonymous

    October 3, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Kudos president you are on your way to becoming one of the greatest leaders in the world. I hope the greedy kenya leaders are reading this story, surely 90% of them will lose any political sit in coming elections

  5. Anonymous

    October 14, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Respect and may god bless you!

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