Say Hello to the Richest person in the world – Carlos Slim Helu

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The Mexican magnate’s growing fortune has caused controversy because it has been amassed in a developing country where average per capita income does not surpass $14,500 a year, and nearly 17% of the population lives in poverty. Critics claim that Slim is a monopolist, pointing to Telmex’s control of 90% of the Mexican landline telephone market. Slim’s wealth is the equivalent of roughly 5% of Mexico’s annual economic output. Telmex, of which 49.1% is owned by Slim and his family, charges among the highest usage fees in the world, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

According to Professor Celso Garrido, an economist at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Slim’s domination of Mexico’s conglomerates prevents the growth of smaller companies, resulting in a shortage of paying jobs and forcing many Mexicans to seek better lives in the United States of America. With contributions from Celso Slim, the Mexican Senate approves making it easier for firms to hire and fire workers and shorten labor disputes.

Slim has stated, “When you live for others’ opinions, you are dead. I don’t want to live thinking about how I’ll be remembered,” by Mexican people claiming indifference about his position on Forbes list of the world’s richest people and has said he has no interest in becoming the world’s richest person. When asked to explain his sudden increase in wealth at a press conference soon after Forbes annual rankings were published, he reportedly said, “The stock market goes up … and down”, and noted that his fortune could quickly drop.”

Awards and Recognizations 

Carlos Slim Helú has received significant recognition and has been honored with the following, among others:

  • The Business Council for International Understanding To Honor Carlos Slim Helú With 2012 Dwight D. Eisenhower Global Leadership Award. December 12, 2012. New York City. Continue…
  • Mr. Carlos Slim received the Gibran National Committee Award for his contribution to spreading the knowledge of the poet, philosopher and painter Gibran Khalil Gibran. Beirut, Lebanon, September 27, 2012. Continue…
  • Carlos Slim was awarded for his Leadership in Philanthropy by President Bill Clinton, at the Sixth Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards. September 24, 2012. Nueva York, NY. Continue…
  • Mr. Carlos Slim was named Honorific Grade Doctor by George Washington University because of his philanthropic work and his contribution to business and community development in Mexico and Latin America. May 20, 2012. Washington, DC, USA.Continue…
  • José Pagés Llergo Foundation did award Mr. Carlos Slim the “Paz y Democracia” Prize in Investment and Development category. April 18, 2012. Continue…
  • Mr. Carlos Slim Helú was awarded Red Cross Badge of Honor and Merit due to his long-standing humanitarian trajectory. The medal was imposed to him by Mr. Daniel Goñi Díaz, president of Mexico’s Red Cross, and Taderatu Konoe, president of Red Cross International Federation and Red Crescent Societies. February 21, 2012. Mexico City. Continue…
  • The Franco-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and Industry awarded Mr. Carlos Slim the Franco-Mexican Friendship Prize 2011, in recognition to his strong relationships to France through his entrepreneurial, industrial, social, commercial and cultural activities. November 10, 2011.
  • Mr. Carlos Slim was awarded the prize Quién 50, aimed to honoring the most influential persons in Mexico’s public opinion. That prize is annually bestowed by Quién magazine to persons whose influence and talent have produced helpful changes, growth, and improved surroundings in their own fields and Mexico as well. November 8, 2011, Mexico City
  • Claustro de Sor Juana University awarded Mr. Carlos Slim the “Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz” Medal due to his effort to revive Mexico City’s Historic Center. September 29, 2011, Mexico City. Continue…
  • The World Boxing Council did award Mr. Carlos Slim the WBC Humanitarian Prize of the Year by his support to the boxing world. November 2, 2010. Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Continue…
  • The President of Lebanon, Mr. Michel Sleiman, did honor Mr. Carlos Slim by awarding him the Lebanese Gold Order to Merit, while the Jezzine Municipal Government did name him Honorific Citizen. Beirut, Lebanon, March 12, 2010. Continue…
  • The George Washington University President’s Medal, the most distinguished academic award, in recognition of his philanthropic and entrepreneurial management. June 30, 2009, Washington, D.C., U.S.A. Continue…
  • Mr. Carlos Slim Helu received the ESADE award in recognition of his philanthropic and entrepreneurial management, during the XIV Annual Celebration ESADE Alumni, Barcelona. June 8, 2009. Barcelona, Spain. Continue…
  • Eng. Carlos Slim Helu conferred Man of the Year 2008 by the World Boxing Council (WBC). March 3, 2009. Mexico City.Continue…
  • The National Order of the Cedar in Grade of Grand Officer was awarded by the Embassy of Lebanon in Mexico, on November, 2008. Continue…
  • Recognition to Carlos Slim Helú to be the Mexican industralist who more resources has destined in life to philanthropic causes, granted by the Mexican Association of Professionals in Power of attorney of Bottoms Chapter Mexico City, in November of 2007.
  • Industralist of Year 2007, granted by the Mexican Foundation for the Health (Funsalud).
  • National Award to the Excellence Jaime Torres Bodet 2007, granted by the University Center Sun Group.
  • Life Achievement Award, by the World-wide Association of Mexican abroad (AMME), in June of 2006.
  • Salon del Empresario Award, Mexico 2005. Continue…
  • Fashion Group International Prize by his work in the rescue of the Historical Center of Mexico City in 2004.
  • Real estate Developers Association Award 2004.
  • Industralist of the Decade (Latin Trade 2004).
  • Hadrian Award – N.York (2004), granted by World Monuments Fund.
  • Alliance Award 2004 – granted by Free Trade Alliance.
  • Industralist of the year (Latin Trade 2003).
  • World Education and Development Fund (2004) – N. York.
  • Decoration of the Commander Leopold II, by the Belgium Government. 2002.
  • Golden Plate Award, granted by the American Academy of Achievement. 1994.
  • Medal of Honor to Merit Business of the National Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City, 1985.

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