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 ...Contact us to see more Biography
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Slim Helu has received numerous awards including the "President's Medal" from George Washington University in 2009, the "WBC Humanitarian Prize" in 2011 from the World Boxing Council, "Industrialist of the Year 2007", "Real Estate Developers Association Award" in 2004, "Life Achievement Award" by the World-Wide Association of Mexicans Abroad (AMME) in 2006, "Industrialist of the Decade (Latin Trade 2004)", "Hadrian Award New York" in 2004 by the World Monuments Fund, "Golden Plate Award" by the American Academy of Achievement in 1994, "Medal of Honor" from the National Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City, the "Lebanese Gold Order of Merit" in 2010, the "Honorific Citizen Award" by the Jezzine Municipal Government of Lebanon and the "Clinton Global Citizen Award" by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2012. In 2008, Slim Helu was awarded "The National Order of the Cedar in Grade of Grand Officer" by the Embassy of Lebanon in Mexico for his philanthropic endeavors.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
Interests, Passion, Hobbies
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Outdoors - Nature
Description: In 2009, the Fundacion Carlos Slim, where Slim Helu serves as Chairman, invested $100 million with the World Wildlife Fund towards the conservation of Mexico's natural environment.
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: Sports - Baseball
Description: Known to be a baseball fan; was once photographed wearing a New York Yankees polo shirt, apparently returning from a Yankees game via New York City's subway. Has also written several articles about the sport. His knowledge of the game is reportedly so extensive that when, in a friendly discussion with Boston sportswriter Dan Shaughnessy in 2011 about the five best pitchers of all time, Shaughnessy named Sandy Koufax, Slim Helu disagreed, saying "[Koufax] only had nine good seasons. I go with Satchel Paige and Grover Cleveland Alexander for [the remainder of] my top five."
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.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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