Meet the Poorest President in the World

Uruguayan President José Mujica Drives a Volkswagen Beetle & Donates 90% of his Salary to Charity – Published on Bella Naija, by Adeola Adeyemo, September 27, 2012.

While our Nigerian leaders are being berated for refusing to declare their assets publicly and demanding astronomical pay rise to add to the already exorbitant allowances they receive, the 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” … //

… There is something about leading by example. When you do, it becomes easier for other people to follow.
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Diese Geschichte auf deutsch:

Uruguays Präsident José Mujica fährt einen VW Käfer und spendet 90 % seines Gehaltes an wohltätige Zwecke, am 2. Oktober 2012 auf dem Blog von Nama ‘Ba Ronis: Diese Geschichte gibt dem Song „Do You Know The Way to San José?” eine ganz neue Bedeutung. Und zumindest die Menschen von Uruquay scheinen diese zu kennen. Ihr Präsident, José Mujica, tritt in die Fußstapfen von John F. Kennedy und Herbert Hoover – und steckt sich sein Gehalt nicht komplett in die eigene Tasche. Was für eine Schande für all die Führer der Welt und ganz wichtig auch für die Geschäftsführer, Vorstandsvorsitzenden, Direktoren und so weiter …

Links:

European values: liberty or tyranny, on AlJazeera, by D. Parvaz, Dez 14, 2010;

Doha’s exploitation since the colonial dawn, on The Africa Report, by Khadija Sharife, Jan 2, 2013;

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