Carlos Slim Helu & family

Rank 17

Carlos Slim Helu & family

92B

Telecom

Mexico City

Mexico

  • Every Sunday, Slim's father would give him a 5-peso allowance and required him to record his purchases in a ledger.
  • Before going into business, Slim taught algebra at UNAM, a university in Mexico City.
  • Mexico's richest person, Carlos Slim Helú and his family control América Móvil, Latin America's biggest mobile telecom firm.
  • With foreign telecom partners, Slim bought a stake in Telmex, Mexico's only phone company, in 1990. Telmex is now part of América Móvil.
  • He also owns stakes in Mexican construction, consumer goods, mining and real estate companies. He previously held a 17% stake in 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.
  • Slim and his family own 76% of Grupo Carso, one of Latin America's largest conglomerates.