Javier Milei's BiographyThe flamboyant Argentine politician Javier Milei became famous in his homeland as the "chainsaw economist", "madman", "the wig", "mini-Trump". After dedicating more than 20 years to economics and teaching, he burst onto the political scene in the 2010s, immediately attracting attention with his categorical statements.
The libertarian politician was not afraid to make unpopular proposals and bravely defended his opinion. Javier insisted on strengthening Argentina's ties with the US and Israel instead of Russia, China, and Brazil, legalizing weapons and organ trade, while denying women's right to abortion and the existence of global warming problem. He argued that support for the local currency should be stopped and a transition to the stable US dollar should be made.
Early YearsJavier Miley was born on October 22, 1970, in Buenos Aires, in the Palermo district. His father was a bus driver and his mother was a homemaker. The family had Italian roots. Later, Javier's father managed to start his own transportation business.
Javier had a difficult relationship with his parents. The family experienced domestic violence, and he quietly endured not only insults but also physical abuse. Therefore, as an adult, he temporarily cut off communication with his mother and father. Despite this, Javier was always close to his younger sister Karina.
He was also fond of rock music, collecting records by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Queen at home. Miley himself sang in the band Everest, which mainly performed covers of The Rolling Stones.
Academic CareerBy the late 90s, Javier Milei already had an economics degree from the University of Belgrano, along with two master's degrees from the Institute of Economic and Social Development and the Torcuato Di Tella University. He chose an academic career: for nearly the next 20 years, Javier spent his time teaching macroeconomics, growth economics, and microeconomics at universities.
Other AchievementsIn the early 2000s, he became the chief economist at a private pension company, then at a financial consultancy firm. Later, Miley also worked as a consultant at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.
For the next 15 years, Javier devoted his life to the position of chief economist and financial advisor in a private company owned by billionaire Eduardo Eurnekian.
In 2012, Javier headed the department of economic research at the national analytical center. He was also a member of the International Chamber of Commerce's economic policy group (G20 advisor).
In 2017, Miley launched his own radio project "Demolishing Myths," and a few years later, he became the host of the program "Free Lectern."
Political CareerIn 2019, Javier became a member of the Libertarian Party. In 2021, he founded the coalition Freedom Advances (Avanza Libertad) and was elected from it as a deputy of the National Congress of Argentina. The expressive politician gained support among voters because he raffled off his parliamentary salary among the country's residents. Javier promised those who voted for him that he would never vote for either a tax increase or the introduction of new ones.
At one of the rallies in 2023, Javier appeared with a chainsaw in his hands, as if demonstrating how exactly he would deal with Kirchner's administration. For this, he was nicknamed "the economist with a chainsaw".
ViewsMiley holds quite radical views. For example, he suggested a three-step solution to one of Argentina's most significant problems - inflation: abolish the Central Bank, stop printing money, and switch to the American dollar and bitcoin.
The Central Bank is the biggest thieves in human history. And the national currency is in no demand, so its price is zero.Miley sees another problem in Argentina's tax burden. He advocates for a reduction in government spending, which he planned to achieve by cutting half of the ministries, including those responsible for education and healthcare.
Javier believes it is necessary to introduce free carrying of weapons and legalize drugs, as well as allow the sale of human organs.
He is skeptical about the feminist agenda and the role of humans in climate change, denying the very existence of global warming.
Miley advocates for the prohibition of abortions, which were officially legalized in Argentina in 2020. In his words, abortion should be viewed as a property conflict, based on the right of ownership.
"If you are so passionate about social justice, why don't you start distributing the wealth of the Vatican to the poor," Javier addressed the pontiff through social networks in 2017.
Yet, the politician admired Donald Trump, supporting his slogan "Make America Great Again" and intending to follow his example in relation to his own country.
Miley described himself as a 'short-term monarchist', a 'liberal-libertarian', as well as a 'philosophical anarcho-capitalist'.The politician put his signature under the Madrid Charter. This document was composed by the Spanish party "Vox". It described all leftist groups as "enemies of Ibero-America, who took part in the crime conducted by the representatives of the Cuban regime".
Javier saw Argentina's main allies in the face of the United States and Israel. He even once stated that he would be willing to convert to Judaism, but was not ready to spend every Saturday in peace. However, Miley called China a "murderous" country and insulted the president of Brazil, describing him as a "corrupt communist".
Personal Life of Javier MileiIn some interviews, Milei stated that he had experience working as a tantric sex coach in his career. Additionally, he openly discussed how he could abstain from any intimacy for many months. The politician also repeatedly participated in group sex, which he detailed candidly.
Milei didn't have any serious romantic relationships, as he explained, due to a "lack of time for dating." Furthermore, he doesn't have any close friends.
Nevertheless, it is known that he dated singer Daniela Mori. In early December 2022, Javier met actress Fatima Flores on a TV program. The comedienne gained fame with her accurate parodies, including that of the country's president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Javier is much more eager to talk about his pets. In 2004, the politician got an English Mastiff and named it Conan after the main character of the movie "Conan the Barbarian." Milei admitted that the pet became his greatest love and son. Conan passed away in 2017.
Javier was heartbroken and sought help from a medium to communicate with his pet. Allegedly during this session, Conan advised his owner to run for president of Argentina.
They say that dogs determine my strategies, right? This is the best strategic committee in the world. Tell me, when has an outsider achieved what we've achieved in two years? So, these are the best political analysts in the world.
Javier Miley NowIn the 2023 presidential elections, Javier ran for the "Freedom is Coming" coalition. He was not taken seriously and was considered an outsider, but in the first round, which took place in August 2023, he won, gaining 29.86% of the votes.
In the second round, Miley competed with the Minister of Economy and Peronist, Sergio Massa. The elections, held on November 19, 2023, ended with Miley's victory - he received 56% of the votes. The politician took office as President of Argentina on December 10. Former US President Donald Trump did not stand aside and congratulated his good friend on such a result, stating that he was filled with pride for the new Argentine leader.
On December 21, Miley signed a decree on more than 300 reforms to liberalize the country's economy. Among them - liberalization of exports, privatization, refusal to regulate prices. Argentines dissatisfied with his policy took to the streets for rallies and pickets.
- During his inauguration, Miley showed a presidential scepter from the stage with images of his five favorite dogs.
- In 2023, a biography of Miley was published, using his nickname El Loco ("The Madman") as the title.
- Moreover, the politician has another nickname - El Peluca ("The Wig"). This is related to his unusual thick hair and bushy sideburns. His hairstyle was described in The Wall Street Journal as something in-between a "sheepdog and Ozzy Osbourne."