Unknown Facts about Carlos Slim Helu

By | February 29, 2020

In this we know some unknown and interesting facts about Mexican business tycoon Carlos slim related to his life, success, wife & family, net worth, and charitable foundation. According to Forbes 2019 he is the fifth richest person in the world.

Carlos Slim Helu was born on January 28, 1940 in Mexico City. Carlos Slim is a Mexican business tycoon, philanthropist, and investor. He began to develop his business at an earlier age his father has expired when he was only 14 years old. He learned much about business and investing from him. Carlos purchased his first stock when he was at the age of 12 also become the shareholder of the Mexican largest bank at the age of 15.

He earned an engineering degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico also he learned Algebra and linear programming. He began working as a stock trader and was able to start his stock brokerage a few years later.

In 1990, he firmed a Grupo Carso which including a wide range of companies including airlines, aluminio, auto parts, tobacco, etc. He spends most of his success by buying up struggling businesses and selling them in the economic climate has improved.

1- He doesn’t use a computer

Despite earning more by technologies based companies he avoids use computers he takes important notes by hand by using pen and paper and keep details of every business transaction he made. He also said that he doesn’t send or receive emails and wrote anything on the computer screen.

2- He met his wife when he was 24 and she was 16

In the summer of 1964, he met his wife Soumaya Domit and she made an impression on him they both were married less than 2 years later and spent more than 32 years together and had 6 children before she passing in 1999. So this facts are related to his family and wife.

3- He has held the title of richest person in the world

Carlos briefly overtook Bill Gates as the richest person in the world in 2007 he more than doubled his net worth in span of 2008 to 2010 from 35 billion to 75 billion dollars and was the top billionaire in the Mexican list. He and Bill Gates compete for the top spot and Gates overtaking him in 2013 with a net worth of 81.6 billion dollars. However by December 2016 his net worth has dropped to 48.1 billion dollars and in 2017 he listed as the fourth richest person in the world. So this facts are related to his net worth.

4- His mother offered him to buy a house when he got married, but he declined

After he was married in April of 1966 his mother offered to buy him a new house. He told his mother that he prefers to be given cash instead she gave him one million and he used that money to buy an apartment. He and his wife lived on 1/4th and rented out the other apartments. So this facts are related to his family.

5- He owns one of the most valuable art collections in the world

Slim is an avid art collector and in 1994, he opened a private art museum named Museo Soumaya for his wife the unique museum was designed by slims son in law and cost 70 million dollars to built also this museum contains 66000 pieces of arts spanning 30th centuries from the private collection of Carlos Slim valued more than 700 million dollars and this is most of the visited art museum in Mexico.

6- The companies he owns account for about 40 percent of Mexico’s stock market

Slims companies are widespread also in various sectors and some ways to the earning of slims every day. For example he owns 70% of the Mexican cell phone market, airline companies, and several hotels. He says his last count of the number of companies he owns and manages but the publicly traded 40 percent of Mexico stock market.

7- He gave the loan of 250 million dollars to New York times.

Carlos signed an agreement in 2009 with New York times for the amount of 250 million dollars at 14% of interest and presently he owns 17% of the stake in the publication.

8- He drives a Bentley continental flying spur

He drives a Bentley continental flying spur which is one of the topmost cars in the world and the price of the car is 300,000 dollars. This car has its own exclusive craftmanship by which Bentley is known for.

9- His charitable donation add up to well over a billion dollars

Through his Telmex Foundation and Carlos Slim foundation he has donated 100,000 computers to the public school and 78000 of eyeglasses also 200,000 bicycles and the cost of 400 surgeries. He also supports more than 100,000 soccer teams also he has pledged to donate 100 million dollars to come backing property like America and gave his foundation 6 billion dollars of stocks. So this facts are related to his charitable foundation.

10- He bought 5th avenue’s only private townhouse

In 2010, Slim bought a mansion of 20,000 sq ft resident of 5th avenue in New York city the home has 12 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, and a doctor’s office in the basement. He bought the property for 44 million dollars as an investment In may of 2015 he listed the property for sale in 80 million dollars and this the most expensive mansion which is sold in Mexico City and after he bought a new home for 50.5 million.

11- He has lived in the same house for over 40 years.

Despite having several collections of real state Carlos lived in the same home for over the last 40 years. The 6 bedrooms and 8 bathroom houses are located in Mexico City it is only 4 miles from his childhood home and right down from his office street.

12- He insist on driving himself everywhere

As we discussed earlier he had a Bentley continental flying spur he also refuses to take driver anywhere and insist on driving himself but he had a lot of bodyguard for his protection.

13- He is obsessed with the New York Yankees

His love attracts him toward the baseball and his favorite team is New York Yankees he loves the team so much he also loves the batting average of players for 30 years ago he often can be seen the games. And like other peoples, he doesn’t like to own teams says that he doesn’t make a business to his pleasure.

14- He lives modestly for a billionaire.

Despite his massive world Slim wants to lives modestly in many areas of his life he knows to his plastic wristwatch instead of Rolex. He doesn’t have any luxurious yacht like other billionaires also he doesn’t have any desire to live in a massive mansion. Once he bargained for his necktie with a salesperson to bring the price down of tie.

15- He lost more than 1 billion dollar in one day

25th August 2015, was historic days in the stock market more than 12 billionaires along with Slim lost more than 1 billion dollars in just one day. He lost 1.6 billion dollars on those days but it was a small portion of his net worth.

So these are some unknown and interesting facts about Carlos slim related to his charitable foundation, net worth, success and wife & family.

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