As of January 15, 2015, he became the largest individual shareholder in ‘The New York Times Company’, with a holding of 16
On April 23, 2014, Slim gained control of his first successful European acquisition, ‘Telekom Austria’
Frequently compared to billionaire Warren Buffett, Slim surpassed Buffett as the world's richest man, in March of 2007
During the 2000s, he continued to build his empire in the US and Latin America, buying and selling companies and increasing his stakes in his long standing mobile phone and tobacco interests
In 1990, his conglomerate ‘Grupo Carso’ became a public company worldwide
The ‘Fundación Carlos Slim Helú’ was established in 1989, and its generous contributions to museums, healthcare programs, wildlife conservation efforts and many other projects led 'Forbes' to rank him fifth, in their list of the world's biggest givers
In 1982, the falling prices of oil caused the mostly oil-based economy of Mexico to suffer and collapse, as banks became nationalized and the value of the Mexican currency Peso plummeted
By 1980, he had unified his various interests into the parent company ‘Grupo Galas’, which brought all of his holdings together
During the 1970s he continued growing his empire by establishing and purchasing companies in various industries
Slim married Soumaya Domit in 1967 and the couple had six children together
By 1966, he was already worth an estimated US$40 million and growing
By 1965, his capital had grown big enough, that he was incorporating other companies or buying them outright
Although his father died in 1953, Slim continued to work in his business until he was 17
Carlos Slim Helú was born on January 28, 1940, in Mexico City, Mexico, to parents of Lebanese descent
In 1971, he moved to Studio apartment in Manhattan, New York and became involved with larger building projects. In the following year, he finalized first multi-million dollar real estate transaction with the sale of Swifton village in Cincinnati, Ohio.
In 1985, he bought Mar-a-lago estate in Palm beach, Florida and renovated the Barbizon hotel and 100 Central Park South.
In 1988, he bought the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
In 1989, he bought a fleet of Boeing 727 airplanes to form Trump air shuttle service. Unfortunately a helicopter crash killed three Trump casino executives which lead to big issue.
By 1989, poor business decisions left him unable to meet loan payments but he somehow financed the construction of his third casino, the $1 million Taj Mahal, with high-interest junk bonds. The increasing debt soon brought him to business bankruptcy.
In 1990, he regained his previous stable financial position and fame and opened the Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. Soon he gained approval for Riverside south development of West Side rail yards.
In 1996, he got the ownership of Miss Universe Organization which produces the Miss Universe, Miss USA, and Miss Tean USA pageants.
In 2003, he became joint partner with the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) where he became the executive producer and host of the NBC reality show, ‘The Apprentice’ which became a huge success. Following its success, he co-produced a show, ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ along with British TV producer Mark Burnett.
On October 21, 2004, Trump Hotels and Casino & Resorts declared a restructuring of its debt which led to a reduction in his individual ownership from 56 percent to 27 percent. The company applied for Chapter 11 Protection in November and soon the company re-emerged from bankruptcy as ‘Trump Entertainment Resorts Holdings’.