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Primary Position:
Primary Company:
Grupo Carso
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $32.1 billion
Source of Wealth:
28 January 1940
Christian (Catholic)
Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico City native and serial entrepreneur Slim Helu's father migrated from Lebanon to Mexico in the early 20th century and established himself in retail and real estate. Upon his death in 1953, control of his businesses was passed to his son Carlos Slim Helu. In 1961, Slim Helu earned a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM). Upon graduation, Slim Helu founded investment company Inversora Bursatil, before acquiring bottling company Jarritos del Sur. He later set ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM)
Qualification Name:
Bachelor's degree
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Interesting Facts

In 2003, Slim Helu reportedly hosted a secret three-day gathering, "Latin American Businessmen: An Encounter Between Fathers And Sons." According to media reports, the event was aimed at fostering greater collaboration among Latin America's business elite and promoting the importance of family businesses. The event appears to be held annually, but its locations and identities of participants remain unpublished.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Vehicles - Cars
Description: Owns several cars including a Mercedes and a Bentley Continental Flying Spur. Slim Helu reportedly drives his own car to work and is followed by a group of bodyguards.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Music
Description: Believed to be a fan of "Los Bukis," a Mexican band from the 1970s. Produced one of singer Tania Libertad's albums after having listened to her singing at one of his daughter's wedding.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Education
Description: Reportedly taught algebra and linear programming while studying for his Bachelor's degree at Universidad Autonoma de Mexico.

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Giving Profile: Generous philanthropist supports primarily health, education, sports and arts. In 1989, Slim Helu established the Fundacion Carlos Slim; in 2012 the foundation had more than $3 billion in assets and total giving exceed $15 million. In 2012, the Fundacion Carlos Slim donated $3 million for the expansion of broadband internet services for Latino families in the U.S. Slim Helu endowed the foundation with $2 billion from dividends earned in 2006 and another $2 billion in 2010. The Fundacion Carlos Slim invested $100 million with the World Wildlife Fund towards the conservation of Mexico's natural environment. In 2010, the Fundacion Carlos Slim together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Government of Spain, and the Inter-American Development Bank launched the Salud Mesoamerica 2015 Initiative, which aims to reduce gaps in the quality of healthcare faced by the poorest 20% of the population in southern Mexico and Central America. The Fundacion Carlos Slim also gave $100 million to the ALAS Foundation to support programs for children. Fundacion Carlos Slim's $100 million gift to the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative, which enables 50,000 additional cataract surgeries in Peru, strengthens small businesses and creates jobs in Colombia, and supports education in Mexico. In 2007, Slim Helu established the Instituto Carlos Slim de la Salud; in 2012 the foundation had more than $400 million in assets; total giving exceeded $19 million. In 2011, the Instituto Carlos Slim de la Salud donated $2 million to Fundacion Mexicana de la Salud, which supports healthcare. Also in 2007, Slim Helu established the Instituto Carlos Slim de la Educacion; in 2011 the foundation had more than $1 million in assets. The foundation supports education. Up to 2015, Fundacion Telmex, where Slim Helu serves as President, donated computer equipment to nearly 740 institutions and more than 433,000 bicycles were donated to the program "Ayudame a llegar". The foundation has sponsored approximately one million surgeries, nearly 8,000 organ and tissue transplants, and 17,000 male and female football teams participating in Telmex sponsored tournaments as well as providing 28,000 tons of humanitarian aid. In 2013, Slim Helu, through his foundation, pledged approximately $300 million to help in the translation of thousands of Khan Academy online classes into Spanish and help set up online classes about Mexican history on the academy's website. In April 2013, Slim Helu reportedly announced that his foundation will donate $100 million to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a Bill Gates-backed effort to eliminate polio. In October 2013, Slim Helu reportedly donated $74 million to the Broad Institute in aid of biomedical research for the benefit of the people of Latin America.

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