'Poorest president' declares $322 883 in wealth

2014-04-16 08:16
 Uruguay's President Jose Mujica stands in a tractor on his flower farm on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. (File, AP)

Uruguay's President Jose Mujica stands in a tractor on his flower farm on the outskirts of Montevideo, Uruguay. (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Montevideo - Uruguayan President Jose Mujica has declared $322 883 in wealth.

Mujica's insistence on living simply has earned him the nickname "the poorest president in the world," but his sworn declaration this year shows a 74% increase in wealth since 2012. He said that's because he didn't put his money, about $104 000, into bank accounts until recently.

The president, who rarely dons a tie and drives an old Volkswagen Beetle, still lives on a ramshackle flower farm with his wife, Senator Lucia Topolansky. His report valued the farm at about $108 000. They share ownership in two other properties.

When it comes to wheels, Mujica has three tractors and his two 1987 Beetles. The VWs together are worth about $4 750.

Uruguay's 42 000 public officials have to make sworn wealth declarations every two years, but only the top two are required to make them public.

Vice President Daniel Astori says he's worth $389 000.
Read more on:    jose mujica  |  uruguay

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy

Miley's new dog is too adorable.



13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher
The unusual pets of Instagram
Bertie sets a new world record!

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may meet...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.