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CARLOS SLIM HELÚ

(born January 28, 1940 in Mexico City) is a Mexican businessman[2] and one of the richest people in the world. Slim has a substantial influence over the telecommunications industry in Mexico and much of Latin America as well. He controls Teléfonos de México (Telmex), Telcel and América Móvil companies. Though he maintains an active involvement in his companies, his three sons Carlos Slim Domit, Marco Antonio Slim Domit and Patrick Slim Domit head them on a day-to-day basis.

His father, a Maronite Christian,[1] moved to Mexico City from Lebanon at the age of 14. Julián established a dry goods store called La Estrella del Oriente (Star of the Orient) in 1911 and purchased real estate in downtown Mexico City. He and his wife had six children, of whom Carlos was the youngest boy.

Slim is the surname of Carlos's father Julián, who was called Youssef Salim before moving to Mexico, upon which he changed his first name to Julián and altered his surname to Slim. He officially became Julián Slim Haddad by adding Haddad, his mother's surname, according to the Spanish-language naming customs. In Western, non-Iberian naming conventions, Carlos Slim Helú's name would be Carlos Slim.

Carlos studied engineering at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He married his wife, Soumaya Domit, in 1967; the couple had six children and were married for 32 years until Domit died of a kidney ailment in 1999.

He has been vice-president of the Mexican Stock Exchange and president of the Mexican Association of Brokerage Houses. He was the first president of the Latin-American Committee of the New York Stock Exchange Administration Council, and was in office from 1996 through 1998.

He was on the Board of Directors of the Altria (Previously Philip Morris) Group (resigned in April, 2006) and Alcatel. He was on the Board of Directors of SBC Communications until July 2004 to devote more time to the World Education & Development Fund, which focused on infrastructure, health and education projects. He is also the Majority Shareholder of CompUSA. In 1997, just before the company introduced its famous iMac line, Slim bought 3% of Apple Computer's stock, which has skyrocketed over the years.[6]

He built an important Mexican financial-industrial empire, Grupo Carso, which owns, among other companies, the CompUSA electronic retail chain. After 28 years he became the Honorary Lifetime Chairman of the business. He is also Chairman of Teléfonos de Mexico, América Móvil, and Grupo Financiero Inbursa.

Slim gained notoriety when he led a group of investors that included France Télécom and Southwestern Bell Corporation in buying Telmex and Telnor from the Mexican government in 1990 in a public tender during the presidency of Carlos Salinas. Today, ninety percent of the telephone lines in Mexico are operated by Telmex.[7] The mobile company, Telcel, which Carlos Slim Helú also controls, operates almost eighty percent of all the country's cellphones. These operations have financed Mr. Slim's expansion abroad. Over the past five years, his wireless carrier América Móvil has bought cellphone companies across Latin America, and is now the region's dominant company, with more than 100 million subscribers.

Slim was once MCI's largest shareholder, with 13 percent ownership. On April 11, 2005, The Wall Street Journal announced that he had sold his stake in MCI to Verizon Communications of the United States.

Slim has been awarded the Entrepreneurial Merit Medal of Honor from Mexico's Chamber of Commerce. He is a "gold patron" of the American Academy of Achievement,[8] and the Belgian Government awarded him the Leopold II Commander Meda, CEO of the year in 2003 by Latin Trade business magazine and one year later CEO of the decade by the same magazine.

In the year 2000, Carlos Slim Helú organized the Fundación del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México A.C. (Mexico City Historic Downtown Foundation), whose objective is to revitalize and rescue Mexico City's historic downtown to enable more people to live, work and find entertainment in this area. He has been Chairman of the Executive Committee for the Restoration of the Historic Center since the year 2001.

Additionally, as part of his philanthropic work, he heads the Latin America Development Fund project, and his foundations have more than 10 billion dollars budget for the next years.

Bill Clinton has said: "Carlos Slim is the most important philanthropist in the world most people have never heard of".
References:

  1. The World's Billionaires - Carlos Slim Helu. Forbes (March 8, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-08-11.
  2. Aspin, Chris. "I don't care if I'm richest in world...", Reuters, August 3, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-08-11
  3. Coster, Helen. "Carlos Slim Helu Now World's Second-Richest Man", Forbes, April 11, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-08-11
  4. "Who's the World's Richest Man?", iAfrica.com, July 3, 2007. Retrieved on 2007-08-11
  5. Thompson, Ginger. "Prodded by the Left, Mexico's Richest Man Talks Equity", New York Times, June 3, 2006
  6. About the Academy: Academy Patrons (HTML). Academy of Achievement website. Academy of Achievement (2007). Retrieved on 2007-08-06.
  7. Carlos Slim Helú Official Website
  8. America Movil Corporate Site
  9. Telcel In The USA
  10. The World's Richest People: Slim's Chance Forbes article (2007-03-26)
  11. Forbes Billionaires List (2006)
  12. Telmex Corporate Site
  13. TelNor Corporate Site
  14. Top Business Entrepreneurs Carlos Slim Helu Profile
  15. Latin Business Chronicle Latin American Billionaires
  16. Third-richest man to give away part of fortune Sydney Morning Herald article
Retrieved from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Slim_Hel%C3%BA

 

 
 


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