Even if you have never heard of Jose Mujica, you are going to want to read our list! He is known as one of the most humble and austere presidents to have ever lived. He is forever embedded in the history of Uruguay, and the entire world, for that matter. Here is our ranking of the 10 most interesting facts about Jose Mujica, the world’s poorest president of his time. Read on and discover how this odd political figure measures up to others in the world. Learn about his family life, his financial life, and his fascinating past. He is quite the character!

10 He is OLD

Jose Mujica is Old
Source: Daily Mail 

And by old, we mean he is an octogenarian.

9 He Was Uruguay’s 40th President

Jose Mujica
Source: Wikipedia.org

He served as the Latin American country’s president from 2010 to 2015.

8 He Once Fought in Guerrilla Warfare

Source: Alchetron.com

He was part of the Tupamaros, an urban guerrilla group in Uruguay.

7 He Served Time in Jail

Jose Mujica in prison
Source: The Guardian

While fighting with the Tupamaros, he was sent to prison for 13 years back in the 1970s and ‘80s.

6 He Served in Other Government Positions

Jose Mujica
Source: The Guardian

From 2005 to 2008, he was the Minister of Livestock, Agriculture, and Fisheries in Uruguay.

5 He is Left-Wing

Jose Mujica joins left-wing Broad Front coalition
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He entered the 2009 run for President as part of the left-wing Broad Front coalition.

4 He is a Serious Giver

Jose Mujica donates money
Source: Salon.com

He donated about 90% of his money to charities and served people.

3 He Has a Few Nicknames

Jose Mujica humble president
Source: NewRepublic.com

Around the world he is known as the “pauper president” and the “world’s humblest president.”

2 He is of European Ancestry

Jose Mujica
Source: UPI.com

Among his bloodlines are family traces to the Basque country in Spain, as well as Italy.

1 He Comes from Humble Beginnings

Jose Mujica
Source: Time.com

His father filed for bankruptcy and his mother was dirt-poor.

Show Me the Proof

  1. en.wikipedia.org
  2. indy100.independent.co.uk
  3. bbc.com

+ Bonus Knowledge Nuggets

Mujica and his wife plant and harvest chrysantheums, which they sell.