José Mujica - The “World’s Humblest President”


By Kris Deichler, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

José Mujica was the 40th President of Uruguay from 2010 - 2015. A farmer turned socialist guerilla fighter, he spent 13 years in prison, many of which were spent in solitary confinement. He once survived being shot 6 times whilst resisting arrest and has been described as the “world’s humblest president” for his simple living and the donation of 90% of his salary to charity.

As you’ll see from his interview for the Human Docu-Film (available now on YouTube), he’s clearly suffered and learned a great deal through his experiences and changed a lot in his lifetime. Watch his story about discovering what’s most important to him in life and making the choice between a presidential jet or state-of-the-art rescue helicopter...

What’s incredibly inspiring about this interview is how pragmatic and wise José has become and how simply he sees life. Something many of us want to learn is how to prioritise and spend our time wisely. I believe there’s a lot that many other heads of state as well as ourselves can take from hearing what he has to say.

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