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Jose Mujica – president of Uruguay since 2010 – is worth about the same as the 1987 VW Beetle he drives, lives a simple, austere life and urges other world leaders to do the same.

President Mujica has shunned the luxurious house that the Uruguayan state provides for its leaders and opted to stay at his wife’s farmhouse, off a dirt road outside the capital, Montevideo. The president and his wife work the land themselves, growing flowers. This austere lifestyle – and the fact that Mujica donates about 90% of his monthly salary, equivalent to $12,000 (£7,500), to charity – has led him to be labelled the poorest president in the world.

Jose Mujica: The world’s ‘poorest’ president (BBC)