Meet Carlos Slim Helu, the wealthiest man in Mexico

Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico’s wealthiest man and one of the richest self-made billionaires in the world, flies under the radar more than you might expect, considering he owns more than 200 companies in Mexico, which is also known as "Slimlandia." 

With a net worth of $35.4 billion, Slim’s influence is far-reaching in Mexico and abroad.

So what drives the man who built a giant business empire across one of the poorest countries in the Americas? Read on to find out.

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Slim’s parents were Lebanese immigrants, who moved to Mexico before his birth. They endowed their son with strong values, and his father taught him to read financial documents and invest at a young age. Slim has carefully preserved his childhood home and keeps a photograph of his father on his desk.

Source: Wealth-X, Telegraph UK

After moving to Mexico, Slim’s father was successful in both retail and real estate; upon his death in 1953, his son Carlos inherited his businesses.

Source: Wealth-X

Slim also holds a deep love for his country. He said, “Mexico is so rich in culture and history, and I have always enjoyed that.”

Source: Telegraph UK

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