Uruguay: President Donates 90% of His Salary to the Poorest

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Uruguayan President José Mujica is the poorest president in the world, according to the news website Infobae.com: he earns US$12,500 per month and donates 90% of it to charities.

“His only property is his old Volkswaken, and he lives in an humble ranch in the outskirts of the capital,” the website writes. “But there are others who live with less,” Mujica said.

The donated 90% of the presidential salary goes to NGOs involved in social housing and to the Fondo Raúl Sendic, a fund that administrates Mujica’s political movement, the MMP (Movivimento de Participación Popular) and collaborates with many local charities.

A former left-wing guerrillero, Mujica announced last week that he would have included his presidential manor, the Suarez and Reyes House in the Prado neighbourhood of Montevideo, in the list of state shelters for homeless people compiled by the Ministry of Welfare.

If all other help centres fill up over the winter months, homeless people could find themselves under the luxurious roof of the three-floor presidential palace, a building in which Mujica decided not to move into.

“It’s neither a burden or a pose, it is a philosophy that I carried on from in years of privacy,” says the Uruguayan president, who was elected within the leftist Broad Front coalition and claims to be happy with what he has.

He still lives with his wife, Sen. Lucia Topolansky, in his farm on the outskirts of Montevideo, in Rincón del Cerro, as he promised when he was due to be elected president.

For many years he used a simple Vespa scooter to come to Parliament. According to the latest affidavit submitted to the Board of Transparency and Public Ethics, Mujica only owns a 1987 Volkswagen, while the first lady, who also donates part of her salary to charities, owns the farm.

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25 Responses to “Uruguay: President Donates 90% of His Salary to the Poorest”

  1. I truly admire President Mujica for keeping a low profile in order to help his countrymen. He is indeed a great man and a hero to his country. He was born to parents of modest means. He and his wife care about the people more than anything else. I can’t imagine myself giving almost all of my hard earned money away, but he was able to do it, and I salute him for that!

  2. he is the complete opposite of the Italian politicians who are total parassites only capable of profitting from the misery of the people

  3. George Rodriguez says:

    The president of Uruguay just became the person I would mostl want to meet upon reading this article.
    It encourages and inspires me to be a better person reading about Mujica. What a selfless and amazing leader. I salute you Mujica.

  4. w papke says:

    Walk the walk. Love it.

  5. L.monahan says:

    What a man,would like to meet such a kind man

    has Jose Mujica. I SALUTE YOU!

  6. L.monahan says:

    Why cant all Presidents do the same?
    This is what we all should do each year!

  7. teddy says:

    He is a very super man!!

  8. Bashir says:

    This is kind of president that nigerian need .God bless mujica.Kudus to uruguay pres.

  9. Dean says:

    Damn,this guy made my day
    We definitely need him for south africa

  10. On behalf of Nigerians i requested him 2 become our president.

  11. Musa Mustapha Chiya says:

    president Jose Mujica is the richest man in the sight of God.He work in accordance with the teachings of Islam.Mujica is indeed the best.I salute you Mr. Jose Mujica.Your life style is the best.

  12. Musa Mustapha Chiya says:

    The richest and the best president in the sight of God.I salute you Jose Mujica

  13. Alan Tooraen says:

    President Mujica is trying to lead by example. If enough of us point out his morally superior behavior perhaps leaders everywhere will have to behave in the same manner.It is evident that Uruguay is taking the path less traveled by legalizing pot and decriminalizing personal human consumption behaviors. The U.S. is becoming the new Third Reich and ultra violence will soon be the result unless some major changes occur. People in the U.S. are buying record amounts of weapons and ammunition even as the crime rate drops to 40 year lows. They are buying these weapons not because of criminals but because they fear the government. I read the other day that in the U.S. you are 27 times more likely to be shot by a Law Enforcement officer than by a terrorist. We as taxpayers are literally paying for the systematic destruction of our way of life. Perhaps we should all learn to say no and mean it when it comes to obeying our masters.

  14. What a magnificent man he is ! Nevertheless it is not possible but I would like to meet with him.

  15. moses says:

    This is one president I would serve all my life for free. How does one get in touch with him?

  16. winprize says:

    If all leaders in the World were like him more so African leaders, we w’d not regretting. Long live His excellence Mujica, Long live yr wife & yr family. God bless u.

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