Mexico’s most extravagant man, Carlos Slim Helu, and his family control America Movil, Latin America’s greatest versatile telecom firm. With unaware telecom accomplices, Slim purchased a stake in Telmex, Mexico’s just telephone organization, in 1990. Telmex is presently important for America’s Movil. He likewise claims stakes in Mexican development, buyer products, mining and land organizations, and 17% of The New York Times. His child in-law Fernando Romero planned the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City, home to Slim’s broad, varied workmanship assortment[1].

Basic InformationCarlos Slim
Date of Birth28th January 1940
Place of BirthMexico City, Mexico
Date of DeathAlive
Age80 years old
Net worth$50.1 Billion
College / UniversityUniversidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Civil engineering
OccupationBusinessman and Engineer
Career1960 – Present
Famous forCEO of Telmex, América Móvil, and Grupo Carso
SpouseSoumaya Domit (m. 1967–1999; her death)
RelativesAlfredo Harp Helú (cousin)
Children6, including Carlos
AwardsChamber of CommerceBelgian Order of Leopold II American Academy of Achievement in 1994. Latin Trade magazine Latin Trade magazineThe National Order of the CedarHispanic Society of AmericaGeorge Washington University Queen Sofía Spanish Institute

Early Life and Education:

Carlos Slim's young age image
Carlos Slim’s young age image

Carlos Slim Helú was born on 28th January 1940 in Mexico City, Mexico to parents of Lebanese ancestry. Thin and his kin were shown business since the beginning by their dad and by the age of 12, Slim purchased shares in a Mexican bank. Even though his dad kicked the bucket in 1953, Slim kept on working in his business until he was 17. He went to the National Autonomous University of Mexico, to consider civil engineering. He likewise showed variable based math and direct programming while at school and started a new business following graduating[1].


Working from the solid business establishment worked by his dad, Slim started his profession, as a dealer, in Mexico and before long begun his financier that put resources into singular organizations. By 1965, his capital had developed large enough, that he was fusing different organizations or getting them through and through[1].

Wealth and Developing in the World:

By 1966, he was at that point worth an expected US$40 million and developing. Even though his initial profession saw him putting resources into various individual organizations, his fundamental center was development, mining, and land, and he kept on gaining organizations in those fields[1].

Purchasing Companies and Falling Oil Prices:

During the 1970s, he kept developing his domain by establishing up and purchasing companies in different ventures. By 1980, he had brought together his distinct advantages into the parent organization ‘Grupo Galas’, which brought the entirety of his property together[1].

In 1982, the falling costs of oil caused the oil-based economy of Mexico to endure and implode, as banks became nationalized and the estimation of the Mexican cash Peso dove.

During the following few long stretches of financial plunge, Slim expanded his procurement endeavors and gained tremendous offers in the Mexican parts of worldwide organizations, remembering a half offer for ‘The Hershey Company’[1].

Grupo Carso Turns to Public Organization:

In 1990, his combination ‘Grupo Carso’ turned into a public organization around the world. This is likewise the year that he started broadening his impact into phone interchanges, working with ‘France Télécom’ and the ‘Southwestern Bell Corporation’, to purchase the telephone organization ‘Telmex’ from the Mexican government. This was the beginning of what might end in a practically complete takeover of the country’s landline and ultimately cell phone administration[1].

Carlos Slim Keeps It in the Family as Grandkids Join Boards
Carlos Slim Keeps It in the Family as Grandkids Join Boards

Purchasing Branches of International Companies:

Following quite a while of buying the Mexican parts of many worldwide organizations, Slim’s inclinations reached past Latin America. He built up a US part of his telephone organization ‘Telmex’ and bought a stake in ‘Tracfone’, a US-based versatile organization. He additionally went through heart medical procedures and moved in the opposite direction from the day-by-day functions of his business, passing the reins to youngsters and relatives[1].

Building Empires in the States of America:

During the 2000s, he kept on building his realm in the US and Latin America, purchasing and selling organizations, and expanding his stakes in his long-standing cell phone and tobacco interests. He put resources into many assorted organizations during this time, including ‘The New York Times Company’, ‘Saks Fifth Avenue’, and the carrier ‘Volaris’[1].

Purchasing of Telekom Austria:

On 23rd April 2014, Slim oversaw his first effective European getting, ‘Telekom Austria’. The organization has just settled versatile administrations in seven European nations and Slim perspectives it as an astounding open door, to venture into the Central and Eastern European business sectors[1].

Biggest Investor in “The New York Times Company”:

As of 15th January 2015, he turned into the biggest individual investor in ‘The New York Times Company’, with a holding of 16.8%. Thin capitalized on credits given to the organization, when it was struggling toward the start of the US downturn, to get these offers[1].

The richest man of Mexico addressing with the DELL Company
The richest man of Mexico addressing with the DELL Company

A curious financial specialist, Slim has amassed a wide scope of ventures under his organization ‘Grupo Carso’.

His procurement of the interchange’s organization ‘Telmex’ recently oversaw by the Mexican Government set up his imposing business model over the land telephone and portable administrations market as the organization gave media transmission administrations to about 80% of the Mexican populace[1].

Philanthropic Works:

He has established three non-benefit establishments, to be specific, Fundación Carlos Slim Helú, Fundación Telmex, and Fundación del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México A.C. These establishments focus on Mexico City and care for expressions, instruction, and medical services; one for sports; and one for downtown rebuilding[1].

Grants and Achievements:

‘Forbes’ magazine has named this tycoon, the most extravagant man on the planet, multiple times. His enormous fortune is independent[1].


Thin wedded Soumaya Domit in 1967 and the couple had six kids together. His significant other kicked the bucket in 1999. Thin went through a heart medical procedure in 1999. After the heart medical procedure, he began relaxing and passed the day-by-day business undertakings of his many properties to his kids.

Carlos Slim Helu Family and their relationship
Carlos Slim Helu Family and their relationship

Thin routinely empties his enormous assets into generous undertakings, in a wide scope of territories, including instruction, wellbeing, and human expressions.

The ‘Fundación Carlos Slim Helú’ set up in 1989, and its liberal commitments to galleries, medical services programs, untamed life protection endeavors, and many different ventures drove ‘Forbes’ to rank him fifth, in their rundown of the world’s greatest providers[1].

Net Worth:

Somewhere between 2010 and 2013, ‘Forbes’ magazine positioned Slim as the most extravagant man on the planet, on their yearly rundown of tycoons. As of July 2016, his total assets assessed at US$50 billion and he positioned 7 on Forbes rundown of billionaires[1].


  • Entrepreneurial Merit Medal of Honor in 1985 from Mexico’s Chamber of Commerce.
  • Commander in the Belgian Order of Leopold II
  • Golden Plate Award of the American Academy of Achievement in 1994
  • CEO of the year in 2003 by Latin Trade magazine
  • CEO of the decade in 2004 by Latin Trade magazine
  • Fundacion Telmex got in 2007 the National Sports Prize of Mexico for sports advancement
  • In 2008, the Lebanese government perceived with the honor of The National Order of the Cedar his altruism.
  • In 2011, the Hispanic Society of America granted Fundacion Carlos Slim the Sorolla Medal for its commitment to expressions of the human experience and culture
  • On May 20, 2012. Thin granted a privileged doctorate in broad daylight administration from George Washington University.
  • On March 21, 2020, he granted the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Sophia Award for Excellence at an honors lunch get-together.


1.            16th January 2021; Available from: thefamouspeople.

2.            16th January 2021; Available from: Wikipedia.

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