Profession: President of Uruguay
Why Famous: As President of Uruguay from 2010 to 2015, José Muijica was a champion of the poor, his term of office significant for legalizing state-controlled sales of marijuana, the first country in the world.
Mujica is a former urban guerrilla with the Tupamaros and a member of the Broad Front coalition of left-wing parties.
His presidency was considered one of the world's humblest, he donated almost 90 percent of his monthly salary to charities that benefited the poor and to small entrepreneurs.
- 2009-11-30 José Mujica announced as the winner of the run-off election in Uruguay the day before and president-elect