- Birthday20th Jan, 40
- Birth PlaceMexico
- Marital statusMarried
Carlos Slim Helu, is a early 20th century style American capitalist who believes in monopoly, old factory system and economies of scale more than innovation and technology. This telecom tycoon is compared to the likes of Rockefeller, Carnegie, Stanford and J P Morgan etc and is often called Robber Baron of 21st century. He is first person from a developing country to have topped the "Forbes" list.
He is a multi billionaire with a difference; his old world style appears not only in his business style, but also in his life style. With his fortune estimated at $74 billion, this wealthiest person in the world is a man of taste and class. Carlos Slim Helu has carving for classical painting and sculpture by great artists likes Rodin, Renoir, Da Vinci and Micheal Angelo. Despite being a multi billionaire, this 71 years old man lives in a modest six-bedroom house, a mile away from his office. He doesn't believe in conspicuous consumption and has no interest in flashy super yachts or palatial houses around the world.
Carlos doesn't even own a fleet of cars and still loves to drive by himself. He is fan of Baseball club "New York Yankees", but unlike Russian Oligarchs he is happy being a fan only and doesn't want to buy it. He is of Lebanese origin and like his fellow Lebanese people, he believes in living a simple family life as against much publicized life of American Business Tycoons. He is a family man and had a successful married life with Soumaya Domit, in whose name he also founded an Art museum called "Museu Soumaya". With increasing age he has given more and more business responsibilities to his 3 sons and 3 sons in laws.
- When you live for others' opinions, you are dead. I don't want to live thinking about how I'll be remembered.
- In this new wave of technology, you can't do it all yourself, you have to form alliances.
- What's happening now is that the market remains trading at very thin volumes and that can affect prices, even when just a handful of shares are traded, ... The decision of any fund to pull out from certain stock hits the price.
- I still have my laptop but I haven't used it. I'm a paper man, not electronic.
- I've always said that the better off you are, the more responsibility you have for helping others. Just as I think it's important to run companies well, with a close eye to the bottom line, I think you have to use your entrepreneurial experience to make corporate philanthropy effective.
- We want as few management layers as possible, so that executives are very close to the operations. We also don’t believe in having big corporate infrastructures.
- Technology is going to transform people’s lives and society everywhere in the world. I spend most of my time studying new technologies. My main task is to understand what’s going on and try to see where we can fit in.
- I think one of the big errors people are making right now is thinking that old-style businesses will be obsolete, when actually they will be an important part of this new civilization.
- Our concept is more to accomplish and solve things, rather than giving, that is, not going around like Santa Claus. Poverty isn't solved with donations.
- When we decide to do something, we do it quickly.
- Work well done is not only a responsibility to yourselves and society; it is also an emotional need.
- Staying occupied displaces preoccupation and problems, and when we face our problems, they disappear.
- "When you give, do not expect to receive, Fragrance clings to the hand that gives the rose".
Did you know?
- Carlos is of Lebanese Origin. His father, born Khalil Slim Haddad, immigrated to Mexico at the age of 14 in 1902, and changed his first name to Julian.
- Carlos Slim use to teach algebra and linear programming at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) before he founded his first business.
- Carlos is nicknamed ‘Mr. Monopoly’ because it is considered that it is impossible to spend money in Mexico and not put money in his pocket, as his companies have presence in every sector.
- He was the first president of the Latin-American Committee of the New York Stock Exchange Administration Council .
- Slim was the president of the Mexican Association of Brokerage Houses.
- Slim was the vice-president of the Mexican Stock Exchange.
- Slim is a "gold patron" of the American Academy of Achievement.
- Slim has been compared to the American ‘robber baron’ and is often accused of being a monopolist.
- Jean Paul Getty became an early role model for Carlos Slim during his youth, after he read an article in Playboy about Getty's business success.
- Carlos Slim is a Commander in the Belgian Order of Leopold II, third highest civilian decoration of Belgium.
- Slim owns 6.9 percent stake of the company that publishes The New York Times. In 2009, he loaned the company an additional $250 million to help it "finance its businesses" and thus strengthened his position in board. It is rumored that he may buy out The New York Times.
- He still lives in the modest 6-bedroom house he owns for the last 30 years.
- His office doesn’t have a computer as he prefers to keep all his data in meticulous notebooks.
Family & relationships
Duke Semans Mansion
The buyer of the Duke Semans mansion was kept under wraps until, when investigations revealed the world’s richest man, Carlos Helu Slim as the buyer. The mansion is a 1901 Beaux arts house, earlier owned by fertilizer magnate Tamir Sapir, and now by Carlos Slim Helu, after he paid $44 million to its owner.
The Location: The Duke Semans Mansion is at 1009, the corner of the Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, New York.
Accommodation: With the view of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Duke Semans Mansion is one of Fifth Avenue’s last great private residences. The mansion boasts 12 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a doctor’s office in the basement, and comprises over 19,000 square feet of space on 8 levels. The marble flooring, a gothic inspired marquee over its main entrance and a vintage wooden fireplace along with some artistic beaux arts work on the walls makes this mansion, the most important example of Beaux Arts residential architecture in the city. This grand mansion gets flooded with the brilliant light coming through three huge windows on the west, and through multiple windows on other sides of the buildings.
The Neighborhood: The Fifth Avenue, the ultra high end Manhattan area has residents like Donald Trump, Harrison Ford, Ralph Lauren and Jennifer Lopez, to name a few.
1009 Fifth Ave
Carlos Slim's new house
Front view of the Duke Semans Mansion
Lomas de Chapultepec home
Carlos Slim Helu owns a modest house in the “Lomas de Chapultepec”. In spite of being crowned as the richest person in the world thrice in a row, the Mexican business tycoon prefers to stay in the same 6 bedroom house in which he has now spent almost 40 years. The house is just 3 miles from his office and he prefers to drive his Mercedes from his place to the office on his own. He moved in the house after his marriage and it is located just 3 miles from where he was born, his childhood home.
Lomas de Chapultepec: Built in 1930’s, the area houses some of the country’s richest and the most influential personalities. Lomas is Spanish for hills and has since added a glamour to the word, with upscale streets with large homes having Lomas in their names.
He is known to be a keen reader and in particular likes to read about the subjects like history. He spends lot of time reading history books, especially about "Genghis Khan".
Slim loves car racing and it was reported in 2008 that Slim had shown an interest in buying the Honda Formula One team, whereby in 2011, his company Telmex sponsored the Sauber F1 team.
Mr. Slim loves to be with nature, and is a regular visitor of Wildlife Sanctuaries and National parks.
Navy Mercedes 4x4
Carlos Slim is an exceptional multi billionaire; he owns a fleet of cars and still loves to drive by himself. He drives a heavy duty navy military style Mercedes 4x4, custom painted in black. He still drives on his own, despite of all the heavy traffic on Mexico City roads, though his bodyguards follow him closely as Mexican streets are notorious for crime.
Bentley Continental Flying Spur
Bentley Continental Flying Spur, an ultra luxury sedan that exhibits impressive elegance, rides the world’s richest man Carlos Slim Helu. This Flying Spur combines the classic British design with meticulous fit and finish, and is the perfect ride in terms of pure luxury comfort and graceful presence. Powered by a twin turbocharged engine, it takes you from zero to 60 in just 4.9 seconds.
Carlos Slim married Soumaya Domit in 1966 at the age of 26. Their relationship was very amicable from beginning to her death and provided Carlos with emotional and spiritual strength. Carlos founded his firm "CARSO" by joining his and Soumaya's name. After her death, Carlos founded Latin America's biggest Art Museum in her memory called "Museo Soumaya".
New York City
Carlos Slim is a regular visitor to New York, thanks to his vast business empire and his passion for game of Baseball. He is regularly spotted in VIP boxes of Yankee's Stadium and has also purchased Tamir Sapir’s Duke Semans Mansion in New York for $44 million.
He has long been fascinated by the ancient empires and is very proud of Mexico's heritage and in particular for Pyramids at Chichen Itza, the most impressive site of the mysterious Mayan civilization. This Mexican Business tycoon once said “When I was little, I went to the [Aztec] pyramids with my parents. And I remember feeling such admiration, being so impressed and proud of the Mexicans who had made them.”
Aid To Latin America
Foundacion Carlos Slim is extending its work to Latin America through the projects that have succeeded to benefit thousands of people in Mexico. Carlos Slim is also committed to contribute $100 million to the initiative of former US President Bill Clinton, to fight poverty in Latin America and he also donated $110 million to cooperate with the cause of The ALAS Foundation (Latin America in Solidarity Action). It’s a non-profit organization formed by businessman, artists and prominent members of civil society to improve the health and education of Latin American children. In addition, with a clear concern and spirit to help the Latin American population in need, Carlos Slim Helu created The Institute of Health Carlos Slim (ICSS) in 2007, to develop and fund programs that participate in solving major health problems in Latin America.
Carlos Slim Helu in 1995 established a broad ranging philanthropic foundation called Foundacion Telmex whose objective is to support ongoing programs in health, education and the social well being of Mexico. With an aim to eradicate extreme poverty and improving the life of Mexican people, Carlos has committed to donate $6 Billion worth of charity through this foundation, mostly going to healthcare.
Fundacion Carlos Slim Helu
The Foundation was incorporated in 1986, and was named Asociación Carso A.C., which was later changed to Fundación Carso A.C in February 2006. The objective of this foundation is the recognition of notable Mexicans and of the national identity, promoting a love for our country. It also works for promoting education, sports, cultural and artistic activities and provides aid to hospitals, orphanages, disadvantaged people and social welfare institutions. In 2007, it was announced that the Fundacion Carso A.C. had an asset base of $4 billion which would be used to establish Carso Institutes for Health, Sports and Education.
Carlos Slim Helu is a huge fan of Renaissance sculpture. Though he might be a fan, I'm pretty sure The Vatican holds and owns this statue.
Auguste Rodin's artworks
Carlos Slim Helu has 380 of Auguste Rodin’s work in his possession, the largest number in private hands in the world.
Wine Glass collection
The collection is an 25 people service set collection that includes 5 glasses in each set. All the glasses are Baccarrat hand carved and blown glasses. He has a collection of wine glasses which was owned by Porfirio Díaz, president of Mexico from 1876 to 1911
Named after Carlos Slim’s late wife Soumaya Domit, the Museo Soumaya (Soumaya Museum) was opened to the public in 2011. It features around 60,000 works of art by renowned artists like Rodin, Leonardo da Vinci and other European artists, as well as by Mexican muralists Diego Rivera and David Alfaro Siqueiros. Carlos Slim spent a hefty $34 million to build this museum while the artwork inside it is worth $ 800 million. Six exhibit rooms of the museum make it one of the biggest in Latin America. Located in the new Plaza Carso, west of Mexico City, the Soumaya Museum has been made up with the purchase of separate art pieces as well as complete collections. A large percentage of foreign works were bought in Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions.
Designed by architect Fernando Romero, the museum features a unique structure, incorporating 28-column steel sinuous lines. The museum’s gigantic abstract sculpture rises from the ground level into the sky turning around its axis, and presents a diverse form depending on the viewing angle. Translucent concrete and aluminum hexagonal modules used for the facade provide the museum with a contemporary and elegant appearance along with the essential strength and resilience. Apart from the mammoth exhibition space on six levels, the splendid museum also features six underground levels, which include four for parking and other two for storage and refurbishment of art works and some community functions.
The magnificent art museum offers an overwhelming variety for the visitors to explore with the preserved Diego Rivera murals, paintings by Old Masters, Thomas Alva Edison’s old phonograph and ancient coins. It also houses the largest collection of works by sculptor Auguste Rodin and a remarkable collection of paintings and sculptures demonstrating the invaluable art history of Europe and South America. Among the 650,000 visitors, prominent personalities who have toured the striking art museum include pop diva Shakira, domestic Goddess Martha Stewart, and Bono.
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