Last Updated: January 30, 2024
Richest BusinessRichest Billionaires
Net Worth:
$101 Billion
Jan 28, 1940 (84 years old)
Mexico City
5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Financier
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What is Carlos Slim Helu's Net Worth?

Carlos Slim Helu is a Mexican businessman who has a net worth of $101 billion. Carlos Slim Helu is the richest person in Mexico and one of the richest people in the world. In August 2007 Carlos was actually the richest person on the planet, a title he maintained for roughly three years until Bill Gates re-claimed the title. Between 2010 and 2013, Carlos and Bill traded back and forth as the richest human on earth. For the next 10 years Carlos was regularly one of the 10 richest people in the world. Carlos Slim earned his fortune thanks to his roughly 57% stake in the mobile phone giant America Movil. He also holds large stakes in the banking and insurance company Grupo Financiero Inbursa and holding company Grupo Carso, and other stakes in companies including Minera Frisco and the New York Times. Even though he has transferred stakes to his six children, Slim is the patriarch of the family fortune and gets the credit for their billions. Over the past decade he has earned more than $9 billion in dividends alone.

Early Life

Carlos Slim Helu, often known as Slim, was born in Mexico City on January 28, 1940. His parents, Julian Slim Haddad (born Khalil Salim Haddad Aglamaz) and Linda Helu Atta, were Maronite Christians from Lebanon. As a child growing up, he received many lessons from his father on business-related topics such as finance, management and accounting. His father also taught him practical skills such as how to read financial statements and maintain accurate financial records.

Aged eleven, Slim invested in a government savings bond, which is where he learned about compound interest. He purchase his first stock when he was twelve, and was a shareholder in Mexico's largest bank by the time he was fifteen. As a teenager, he worked for his father's company, earning 200 pesos a week. Eventually, he studied civil engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Business Career

Slim's business career began when he took a job as a stock trader in Mexico following his graduation from university. By 1965, his private investments had made profits of $400,000, which he used to start the stock brokerage Inversora Bursatil. With his 1965 purchase of Jarritos del Sur., he began laying the groundwork for what would eventually become the conglomerate Grupo Carso. He founded Inmobilaria Carso in 1966, which was estimated to be worth $40 million at the time.

He continued to focus on expanding his business into numerous industries such as auto parts, aluminum, airlines, chemicals, tobacco, paper and packaging, tires, retail, and hotels, among others. He particularly focused on acquiring companies in the construction, soft drink, printing, real estate, bottling and mining industries. By 1972, he had acquired seven businesses in these categories, and by 1976 he had also acquired a 60% share of cigarette label-printer Galas de Mexico for $1 million. He formed all of these interests under the parent company Grupo Galas in 1980.

Utilizing the strategy of buying at an undervalued price and eventually selling his stake for a profit after it gains value, or just hanging onto it for cash flow in the meantime, Slim was able to invest heavily and buy up large percentages of many businesses during the Mexican economic downturn of 1982-1985. He merged his companies Corporacion Industrial Cardo and Grupo Inbursa into the massive conglomerate Grupo Carso in 1990. He continued to acquire ownership or stakes in companies, most notably making a massive profit when Grupo Carso acquired Telmex from the Mexican government after Mexico privatized its telecom industry in the early 1990s.

Slim shifted his focus to American businesses in the 2000s, when he began purchasing large stakes in several major US retailers such as OfficeMax, Circuit City, and Barnes & Noble. During the 2008 global financial downturn, he also acquired a 6.4% stake (valued at $27 million) in the New York Times Company, increasing his stake to 8% by 2012, and again to 16.8% of the company's Class A shares in 2015. This makes him the largest shareholder in the company.

Slim has a substantial influence over the telecommunications industry in Mexico and much of Latin America. He controls Telefonos De Mexico, TelCel, and America Movil. He has also expanded his telecommunications empire overseas, with a 2014 acquisition of Telekom Austria. In recent years, he has also made a number of investments in various technology-related ventures. For example, Grupo Carso launched the online music service Claro Musica in January 2015, as a Latin American equivalent/competitor to services such as iTunes and Spotify. America Movill also invested $40 million in British mobile phone-based musical identification service Shazam in 2013.

Furthermore, Slim's real estate holding company Inmobiliaria Carso owns over 20 shopping centers, including ten in Mexico City. It also develops, owns and operates numerous residential and commercial properties across Mexico. Not only does Slim invest in real estate, but he is also in the business of managing Mexican prisons, which he began in April 2013, in an effort to expand his investments in his construction-finance company, which also includes other infrastructure assets like toll roads, hydroelectric dams and water treatment plants in its portfolio.

Richest Person In The World

On August 8, 2007 Carlos Slim surpassed Bill Gates in total wealth to become the richest person in the world. This marked the first time in 16 years that the wealthiest person in the world had not been from the United States, the Middle East, or Europe and was from an emerging economy. Gates' fortunes eventually climbed back until 2010 when Carlos took over yet again, Between 2010 and 2013 Carlos and Bill trading the top spot on a regular basis.

Carlos Slim Helu - Richest People in the World

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Personal Life

Slim was married to Soumaya Domit from 1967 until her death in 1999. Together, they had six children: Carlos, Marco Antonio, Patrick, Soumaya, Vanessa, and Johanna. He has not remarried since his wife's passing. His three older sons serve in key positions in the companies controlled by Slim, and are very active in the day-to-day running of the family's business empire.

Real Estate

For over four decades, Carlos Slim has resided in the same 6-bedroom home, in the Lomas de Chapultepec district of Mexico City. But he also has many private real estate investments around the world, including an 8-acre property Beverly Hills, the Duke Semans mansion in New York City (which he bought for $44 million in 2010), a second mansion in New York City at 10 W. 56th St., and the Marquette Building in Detroit.

Dukeā€“Semans Mansion

As we mentioned a moment ago, in 2010 Carlos paid $44 million for a NYC townhouse known as the Dukeā€“Semans Mansion. Also known as the Benjamin N. and Sarah Duke House, this is one of the most talked about properties in New York real estate. Built in 1901, the home is a showpiece of the Beaux-Arts era. It is replete with architectural features that not only represent the era, but also set a new standard for excellence, such as the curved conservatory window. Offering uninterrupted views of Fifth Avenue, rivals any sitting room anywhere. The view is just as wonderful from the inside, because the sitting room and adjoining spaces are all flooded with light.

The 25-room mansion has about 11 fireplaces, several of which are carved out of immaculately preserved marble. AlmostĀ as many custom chandeliers hang throughout the home to illuminate all of those parties. One of the sitting rooms has hand-carved panels and custom murals throughout. There are wood floors everywhere, andĀ the craftsmanship varies widely throughout the home, from the herringbone pattern in what could be a dining room, toĀ an X-pattern parquet in another room. The wrought iron railings are another example of Beaux-Arts elegance, with its gilding.

The mansion also features several outstanding terraces, including one that overlooks the front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. ConsideringĀ all of the history, design and artwork contained in theĀ Benjamin N. and Sarah Duke House, it is a fitting neighbor for one of the world's premiere art houses.

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The property was designated as a New York City landmark in 1974. Carlos listed this mansion for sale for the first time in May 2015 for $80 million.

Carlos listed the property for sale again in January 2023, once again for $80 million.

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