And until three months ago, no-one in their right-mind thought Melei had a chance of becoming president of South America’s second-largest economy.
A climate change denier and economist, he rose to fame as dial-a-quote television talking head.
In September 2021, Milei said: “The first thing I am going to say to the sh***y, silly, parasitic and useless political caste is what I am not going to do. I will never go against private property, I will never go against freedom, I will never raise a tax, I will never create new taxes.”
Running under the slogan “I didn’t come here to lead lambs but to awaken lions”, he denounced “useless, parasitic politicians who have never worked”.
“I’m here to kick these criminals out”, he said.
One of his campaign promises during an earlier campaign for political office was raffling his salary to a random person each month, aiming to “return money to the citizens”.
“The state is a criminal organization that finances itself through taxes levied on people by force. We are returning the money that the political caste stole,‘’ he said.
Who does he like? His dogs.
According to Time magazine, his closest confidantes are Conan, Murray, Milton, Robert, and Lucas - who he thanked when he finished first in the country’s presidential primaries in August.
“Who else?” he said. “My four-legged children,” he said.
An unofficial Milei biographer, wrote in the Buenos Aires Times that years ago a 200-pound hound called Conan became his “true and greatest love” “literally his son.”
When the dog died in 2017, Milei reportedly visited a medium to conduct telepathic conversations.