Uruguay's Jose Mujica: the 'poorest president'
Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has been dubbed as the 'poorest president' in the world, as he lives on a ramshackle farm and is known for giving away 90% of his earnings to charity. Simple waysworld Updated: Nov 18, 2012 02:51 IST
Uruguayan president Jose Mujica has been dubbed as the 'poorest president' in the world, as he lives on a ramshackle farm and is known for giving away 90% of his earnings to charity.
The charismatic 77-year-old has refused to adapt his lifestyle to embrace the trappings of power that come with being the country's figurehead, and instead continues to live at the farm situated a few miles away from the country's capital city of Montevideo.
The only sign the country's leader is at home are the pair of police officers who stand guard at the end of his heavily tractor-rutted dirt track, the Daily Mail reports.'
According to the paper, Mujica gives 90% of his monthly salary, the equivalent of 7,500 pounds, away to charity leaving him with just 485 pounds a month to live off.
The part-time farmer's proudest and most valuable possessions are his tired-looking Volkswagen Beetle and his three-legged dog Manuela, the paper said.
He gets water from a well surrounded by overgrown weeds and his laundry goes to a washing line outside instead of a tumble dryer.
The president's austere lifestyle is a world away from that of many politicians in the UK who have been caught out trying to unethically and in some cases illegally boost their incomes by fiddling their expenses, the paper added.