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Carlos Slim Helu

Honorary Chairman, América Móvil
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Net worth 2018: $68.65 Billion
Industry: Telecom
Residence: Mexico City, Mexico
Country: Mexico
BirthDay: 28 January 1940
Sigh: Aquarius
Children: 6
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
BIOGRAPHY

Carlos Slim Helu was bornon 28 January 1940 in Mexico City, Mexico, Mexico, is Honorary Chairman, América Móvil. Carlos Slim Helu is #7 in List Billionaires People In The World. Mexico's richest man, Carlos Slim and his family control America Movil, Latin America's biggest mobile telecom firm. With foreign telecom partners, Slim bought a stake in Telmex, Mexico's only phone company, in 1990. He also owns stakes in Mexican construction, consumer goods, mining and real estate companies and 17% of The New York Times. His son-in-law Fernando Romero designed the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, home to Slim's extensive, eclectic art collection.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2009

$35 Billion

2010

$53.5 Billion

2011

$74 Billion

2012

$69 Billion

2013

$73 Billion

2014

$72 Billion

2015

$77.1 Billion

2016

$50 Billion

2017

$54.5 Billion

2018

$68.65 Billion

When you live for others' opinions, you are dead. I don't want to live thinking about how I'll be remembered.

Carlos Slim Helu
TIMELINE
2020

Slim began seeking to boost his oil investments in Colombia because of the country’s open policies on exploration as well as furthering its commitment to double output by 2020

2019

Linda was born in Parral, Chihuahua, of Lebanese parents who had immigrated to Mexico in the late 19th century

2018

As of January 2018, he is the sixth-richest person in the world according to Forbes' listing of The World's Billionaires with a net worth estimated at $69

2014

50 pesos per day on Slim's goods and services for a total of roughly US$140 million a day and the Federal Telecommunications Institute, a new Mexican government anti-monopoly watchdog said in April 2014 that Slim's telecom businesses are monopolies

2013

2 billion euro bid for the Dutch phone line carrier in 2013 after negotiations broke down and KPN's preference share foundation blocked the takeover attempt

2012

In December 2012, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Carlos Slim Helú remained the world's richest person with an estimated net worth of US$75

2011

In 2011, he, along with the president of Mexico, Mexico City mayor, and Mexico City archbishop, inaugurated the first phase of Plaza Mariana close to Basilica de Guadalupe

2010

On March 10, 2010, Forbes once again reported that Slim had overtaken Gates as the world's richest person, with a net worth of US$53

2009

On March 11, 2009, Forbes ranked Slim as the world's third-richest person, behind Gates and Buffett and ahead of Larry Ellison

2008

Together with Fundación Carlos Slim Helú, Telmex announced in 2008 that it was to invest more than US$250 million in Mexican sports programs, from grass-roots level to Olympic standard

2007

The foundation has organized Copa Telmex, an amateur sports tournament, recognized in 2007 and 2008 by Guinness World Records as having the most participants of any such tournament in the world

2006

After stating that he had donated US$4 billion of dividends to Fundación Carlos Slim Helú, US$2 billion in 2006, and another US$2 billion in 2010, Slim was ranked fifth in Forbes' World's Biggest Givers in May 2011

2005

In 2005 Slim invested in Volaris, a Mexican airline and established Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina SAB de CV (using the acronym "IDEAL"—roughly translated as "Promoter of Development and Employment in Latin America"), a Mexican construction and civil engineering company primarily engaged in not-for-profit infrastructure development

2003

Slim became a prominent figure within the American business scene by 2003 when he began purchasing large stakes in a number of major US retailers such as Barnes & Noble, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Circuit City, Borders, and CompUSA

2001

He has been Chair of the Council for the Restoration of the Historic Downtown of Mexico City since 2001

2000

In 2000, Slim and ex-broadcaster Jacobo Zabludowsky organized the Fundación del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México A

1997

In July 1997 Grupo Carso agreed in principle to sell Procter & Gamble de México, a subsidiary of The Procter & Gamble Co

1996

In 1996, Grupo Carso was split into three companies: Carso Global Telecom, Grupo Carso, and Invercorporación

1995

In 1995 Slim established Fundación Telmex, a broad-ranging philanthropic foundation, which as he announced in 2007 had been provided with an asset base of US$4 billion to establish Carso Institutes for Health, Sports and Education

1994

Slim has also planned to purchase several toll roads offered by the Mexican government that it took over from private companies following the December 1994 currency devaluation

1991

In 1991, he acquired Hoteles Calinda (now OSTAR Grupo Hotelero), and in 1993, he increased his stakes in General Tire and Grupo Aluminio to the point where he had a majority interest

1990

Later in 1990, Slim acted in concert with France Télécom and Southwestern Bell Corporation in order to buy the landline telephone company Telmex from the Mexican government, when Mexico began privatizing its national industries

1988

In 1988 Slim bought the Nacobre group of companies, which trades in copper and aluminum products, along with a chemicals business, Química Fluor, and others

1986

Established in 1986 Fundación Carlos Slim Helú sponsors the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, named after Slim's late wife, Soumaya Domit, opened 2011

1985

During the Mexican economic downturn before its recovery in 1985, Slim invested heavily

1984

Slim spent US$13 million to buy insurance company Seguros de México in 1984, and later absorbed the company into the firm, Seguros Inbursa

1981

In 1981, Slim acquired a majority stake in Cigarros la Tabacelera Mexicana (Cigatam), Mexico's second largest producer and marketer of cigarettes, at a reduced price

1976

In 1976, he branched out by acquiring a 60 percent share of Galas de México, a small printer of cigarette-pack labels for US$1 million, and in 1980, he consolidated his business interests by forming Grupo Galas as the parent company of a conglomerate that had interests in industry, construction, mining, retail, food, and tobacco

1972

By 1972, he had established or acquired a further seven businesses in these categories, including one which rented construction equipment

1967

Carlos Slim was married to Soumaya Domit from 1967 until her death in 1999

1966

In 1966, worth US$40 million, he founded Inmobiliaria Carso

1961

After graduating from college in 1961, Slim began his career as a stock trader in Mexico, often working 14-hour days

1960

From the mid 1960s to the early 1980s, Slim and his growing family lived a modest life, while earnings from Slim's many businesses were re-invested in expansion and more acquisitions

1953

Julián senior died in 1953, when Carlos was just 13 years old

1941

He has been reported to have acquired 417 Fifth Avenue, an 11-story office tower for US$140 million and also a piece of the former New York Times building on West 43rd street

1940

Slim was born on January 28, 1940, in Mexico City, to Julián Slim Haddad (born Khalil Salim Haddad Aglamaz) and Linda Helú Atta, both Maronite Catholics from Lebanon

1926

In August 1926, Julián Slim married Linda Helú Atta

1922

By 1922, Julián's net worth reached $1,012,258 pesos and was diversified within various assets including real estate, businesses and various stocks

1921

By 1921, he had begun investing in real estate in the flourishing commercial district of Mexico City where Julián would acquire prime real estate at fire sale prices and in Zocalo District during the 1910–17 Mexican Revolution

1911

In 1911 Julián established a dry goods store, La Estrella de Oriente (The Star of the Orient)

1902

Slim’s father Khalil Salim Haddad Aglamaz emigrated to Mexico from Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Empire) in 1902 (he was 14), and later changed his name to Julián Slim Haddad

1901

Slim owns the Duke Seamans mansion, a 1901 beaux arts house on 5th Avenue in New York City, which he bought for $44 million in 2010

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