Argentina's Milei seeks Tinder hook-up with global Big Tech

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BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Argentina's libertarian President Javier Milei is seeking a hook-up through Tinder: with global Big Tech.

The former economist pundit posted on Wednesday that he had spoken with dating app Tinder co-founder Sean Rad to set up a tech summit, part of a wider drive by Milei to rally business interest in Argentina from the oil sector to tech and mining.

"I just had a conference call with @seanrad, founder of Tinder, and we have agreed to have a meeting in Buenos Aires with other great entrepreneurs from the technological world," he wrote on social media platform X.

Milei won a shock election last year pledging to tear up the rule book to get Argentina out of its worst economic crisis in decades, with a deep fiscal deficit, annual inflation currently over 200% and with more than two-fifths of people in poverty.

Milei, whose free-market libertarian views have gained plaudits from global business leaders including X owner Elon Musk, is trying to turn around an economic contraction estimated by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) at 2.8% this year.

Dating app Tinder is owned by Match Group Inc.

(Reporting by Adam Jourdan; Editing by Sonali Paul)