The Profile: Nayib Bukele

The youngest-ever president of El Salvador has made bitcoin the impoverished Central American country’s official currency

Nayib Bukele: the self-styled ‘coolest president in the world’. Illustration: Peter Hanan

In brief:

Name and role: Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador

Age: 40

Appearance: clinging to youth, wearing backwards baseball caps and architecturally structured facial hair

Newsworthiness: has just introduced bitcoin as national legal tender

In depth:

“Buying the dip, 150 new coins added.” It could have been a tweet from Elon Musk or any whale in the crypto world, but it was sent by Nayib Bukele, the youngest-ever president of El Salvador, who was ...