Javier Milei

SpecialityPresident, Argentina

Javier Milei, hailing from a working-middle class background in Buenos Aires’ Palermo neighborhood, had a diverse upbringing. During his school years, he balanced his passion for soccer with a love for music, singing in a rock band inspired by the Rolling Stones. Later, he pursued his academic path, delving into economics at the University of Belgrano. His decision to study economics stemmed from a desire to comprehend Argentina’s traumatic hyperinflation experience in 1989 under President Raúl Alfonsín. Milei’s academic journey continued with two master’s degrees from the Institute of Economic and Social Development (IDES) and Torcuato di Tella University. In 2022, he received an honorary doctorate from the ESEADE University Institute.

Before venturing into politics, Milei carved out a niche as a professor, author, and commentator in various media outlets. Notably, his outspoken nature garnered attention, often sparking controversy with his vehement remarks. His economic worldview draws heavily from classical, conservative, and neoliberal liberal ideologies, notably influenced by the Austrian and Chicago Schools of economic thought. He considers Argentine economist Alberto Benegas Lynch as his primary mentor. Milei is a staunch critic of Keynesian economics and aligns himself philosophically with anarcho-capitalism and minarchism. While advocating for minimal state intervention, he acknowledges the pragmatic need for a minimal state structure.

In 2023, Milei’s presidential candidacy sent shockwaves through Argentine politics. Representing the Libertarian Party and the La Libertad Avanza coalition, his radical socioeconomic platform resonated with many voters, particularly the youth. Despite his bold promises of economic revitalization through market-oriented policies, Milei’s electoral success in the first round fell short of expectations. However, in the second round of elections, held on 11/19/2023, Milei emerged victorious with 55.7% of the votes, defeating opponent Sergio Massa and assuming the presidency on 12/10/2023, succeeding Alberto Fernández.