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Carlos Slim

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Net worth 2018: $54.5 Billion
Residence: Mexico City
Country: Mexican
BirthDay: 28 January 1940
Sigh: Aquarius
Height: 1.73 m
Education: 1961 - National Autonomous University of Mexico

Carlos Slim was bornon 28 January 1940 in Mexico City, Mexican, is Entrepreneur. Carlos Slim is a Mexican born billionaire investor and famous philanthropist. He currently owns over 200 businesses in a wide variety of industries and has been named by 'Forbes' magazine, as the richest man in the world, several years in a row. He learned basic business practices from his father, from a very early age, and worked in his family's business as a teenager. After he graduated from college, he began investing in earnest and slowly began building a multi-industry empire of conglomerates and corporations; both developed and purchased by him. Today, he has holdings in Latin American and international companies, in industries ranging from construction and manufacturing to dry goods, and tobacco. His most famous and influential holdings include his near complete monopoly over the mobile phone market, in Mexico, which at one point provided over 80% of the mobile services used in that country. Part of his vast wealth goes towards many different philanthropic projects, dedicated to preserving the environment, providing dependable and affordable health care, protecting culture and the arts, and many other humanitarian causes. He is honorary chairman for life, of his parent company, ‘Grupo Carso’, but after he underwent heart surgery, many of the daily responsibilities in the company have been passed to his children.


$54.5 Billion


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

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