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  • Mexico City, Mexico
    Sunday Jan 28, 1940

    Birth

    Mexico City, Mexico
    Sunday Jan 28, 1940

    Slim was born on 28 January 1940, in Mexico City.




  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1951

    First Investment

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1951

    At the age of 11, Carlos invested in a government savings bond that taught him about the concept of compound interest.




  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1952

    A Mexican bank

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1952

    At the age of 12, Slim made his first stock purchase, by purchasing shares in a Mexican bank.




  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1955

    Shareholder in Mexico's Largest Bank

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1955

    By the age of 15, Slim had become a shareholder in Mexico's largest bank.




  • National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
    1956

    Education

    National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
    1956

    Slim went on to study civil engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he also concurrently taught algebra and linear programming.




  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1957

    200 Pesos

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1957

    At the age of 17, Slim earned 200 pesos a week working for his father's company.




  • National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
    1961

    Graduating

    National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
    1961

    Slim graduated from college in 1961.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1965

    Inversora Bursátil

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1965

    In 1965, profits from Slim's private investments reached US$400,000, allowing him to start the stock brokerage Inversora Bursátil.


  • Mexico
    1965

    Jarritos Del Sur

    Mexico
    1965

    In 1965, Slim bought Jarritos del Sur.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1966

    Inmobiliaria Carso

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1966

    In 1966, worth US$40 million,Slim founded Inmobiliaria Carso.


  • Mexico
    1967

    Marriage

    Mexico
    1967

    Carlos Slim was married to Soumaya Domit in 1967.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1976

    Galas de México

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1976

    In 1976, Slim branched out by acquiring a 60 percent share of Galas de México, a small printer of cigarette-pack labels for US$1 million


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1980

    Grupo Galas

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1980

    in 1980, Slim consolidated his business interests by forming Grupo Galas as the parent company of a conglomerate that had interests in industry, construction, mining, retail, food, and tobacco.


  • Mexico
    1981

    Cigarros la Tabacelera Mexicana (Cigatam)

    Mexico
    1981

    In 1981, Slim acquired a majority stake in Cigarros la Tabacelera Mexicana (Cigatam), Mexico's second largest producer and marketer of cigarettes, at a reduced price.


  • Mexico
    1990s

    The Mexican Economic Downturn

    Mexico
    1990s

    During the Mexican economic downturn before its recovery in 1985, Slim invested heavily.


  • Mexico
    1984

    Seguros de México

    Mexico
    1984

    Slim spent US$13 million to buy insurance company Seguros de México in 1984.


  • Mexico
    1986

    Carlos Slim Foundation

    Mexico
    1986

    Established in 1986 Fundación Carlos Slim Helú sponsors the Museo Soumaya in Mexico City, named after Slim's late wife, Soumaya Domit, Opened 2011.


  • Mexico
    1988

    Nacobre, Química Fluor and Other

    Mexico
    1988

    In 1988, Slim bought the Nacobre group of companies, which trades in copper and aluminum products, along with a chemicals business, Química Fluor, and others.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1990

    Telmex

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1990

    In 1990, Slim acted in concert with France Télécom and Southwestern Bell Corporation in order to buy the landline telephone company Telmex from the Mexican government, when Mexico began privatizing its national industries.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1991

    Hoteles Calinda

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1991

    In 1991, Slim acquired Hoteles Calinda (now OSTAR Grupo Hotelero).


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1995

    Fundación Telmex

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1995

    In 1995 Slim established Fundación Telmex, a broad-ranging philanthropic foundation, which as he announced in 2007 had been provided with an asset base of US$4 billion to establish Carso Institutes for Health, Sports and Education.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    1996

    Splitting of Grupo Carso

    Mexico City, Mexico
    1996

    In 1996, Grupo Carso was split into three companies: Carso Global Telecom, Grupo Carso, and Invercorporación.


  • Hoffman Estates, Illinois, U.S.
    1997

    Sears

    Hoffman Estates, Illinois, U.S.
    1997

    Slim bought the Mexican arm of Sears Roebuck in 1997.


  • Mexico
    1999

    Slim Expands His Business Interests

    Mexico
    1999

    In 1999, Slim began expanding his business interests beyond Latin America.


  • Mexico
    1999

    His Wife Died

    Mexico
    1999

    Soumaya Domit (Carlos`s wife) died in 1999.


  • Mexico
    1999

    Heart Surgery

    Mexico
    1999

    Slim underwent heart surgery in 1999.


  • Mexico
    2000

    Fundación Del Centro Histórico DE La Ciudad DE México A.C.

    Mexico
    2000

    In 2000, Slim and ex-broadcaster Jacobo Zabludowsky organized the Fundación del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México A.C. (Mexico City Historic Center Foundation) to revitalize and rescue Mexico City's historic downtown area to enable more people to live, work and find entertainment there.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    2001

    Chair of the Council for the Restoration of the Historic Downtown

    Mexico City, Mexico
    2001

    Slim has been Chair of the Council for the Restoration of the Historic Downtown of Mexico City since 2001.


  • U.S.
    2003

    the American business scene

    U.S.
    2003

    Slim became a prominent figure within the American business scene by 2003 when he began purchasing large stakes in a number of major US retailers such as Barnes & Noble, OfficeMax, Office Depot, Circuit City, Borders, and CompUSA.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    2005

    Volaris

    Mexico City, Mexico
    2005

    In 2005 Slim invested in Volaris, a Mexican airline.


  • Mexico
    Thursday Mar 29, 2007

    The World's Second Richest Person

    Mexico
    Thursday Mar 29, 2007

    On March 29, 2007, Slim surpassed American investor Warren Buffett as the world's second richest person with an estimated net worth of US$53.1 billion compared with Buffet's US$52.4 billion.


  • Mexico
    Wednesday Aug 08, 2007

    The World's Richest Person 2007

    Mexico
    Wednesday Aug 08, 2007

    On August 8, 2007, Fortune magazine reported that Slim had overtaken Gates as the world's richest person.


  • Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    2007

    Cigatam

    Neuchâtel, Switzerland
    2007

    In 2007, after having amassed a 50.1% stake in the Cigatam tobacco company, Slim reduced his holdings by selling a large portion of his equity to Philip Morris for US$1.1 billion.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 05, 2008

    The World's Second-Richest Person 2008

    U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 05, 2008

    On March 5, 2008, Forbes ranked Slim as the world's second-richest person, behind Warren Buffett and ahead of Bill Gates.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 11, 2009

    the world's third-richest person 2009

    U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 11, 2009

    On March 11, 2009, Forbes ranked Slim as the world's third-richest person, behind Gates and Buffett and ahead of Larry Ellison.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 10, 2010

    The World's Richest Person 2010

    U.S.
    Wednesday Mar 10, 2010

    On March 10, 2010, Forbes once again reported that Slim had overtaken Gates as the world's richest person.


  • Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
    2010

    Benjamin N. Duke House

    Manhattan, New York City, U.S.
    2010

    Slim owns the Duke Seamans mansion, a 1901 beaux arts house on 5th Avenue in New York City, which he bought for $44 million in 2010.


  • U.S.
    Mar, 2011

    The Wealthiest Person in the World 2011

    U.S.
    Mar, 2011

    In March 2011 Forbes stated that Slim had maintained his position as the wealthiest person in the world, with his fortune estimated at US$74 billion.


  • Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
    May, 2011

    World's Biggest Givers

    Jersey City, New Jersey, U.S.
    May, 2011

    Slim was ranked fifth in Forbes' World's Biggest Givers in May 2011.


  • Colombia
    2011

    Geoprocesados SA's Tabasco Oil Co.

    Colombia
    2011

    In 2011, Slim began buying a 70 percent stake in Geoprocesados SA's Tabasco Oil Co., gaining access to the Colombian oil market as the country seeks to boost crude and natural-gas output.


  • Mexico
    2011

    Philanthropy

    Mexico
    2011

    Slim has been publicly skeptical of The Giving Pledge by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett giving away at least half of their fortunes. But according to his spokesman, he devoted US$4 billion, or roughly 5%, to his Carlos Slim foundation as of 2011.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    2011

    Plaza Mariana

    Mexico City, Mexico
    2011

    In 2011, Slim, along with the president of Mexico, Mexico City mayor, and Mexico City archbishop, inaugurated the first phase of Plaza Mariana close to Basilica de Guadalupe.


  • Plaza Carso, Mexico City, Mexico
    2012

    América Movil Had Taken over Telmex

    Plaza Carso, Mexico City, Mexico
    2012

    By 2012, América Movil, Slim's mobile telephone company, had taken over Telmex and made it into a privately held subsidiary.


  • New York City, New York, U.S.
    Mar, 2012

    Ora TV

    New York City, New York, U.S.
    Mar, 2012

    In March 2012 Slim, along with American television host Larry King, established Ora TV, an on-demand digital television network that produces and distributes television shows.


  • Miami, Florida, U.S.
    2012

    Telemundo

    Miami, Florida, U.S.
    2012

    In 2012 Slim sold the broadcast rights for the Leon games to Telemundo in the United States.


  • Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
    Nov, 2012

    Pachuca and León

    Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico
    Nov, 2012

    In September 2012 Slim bought 30% stakes in Pachuca and León, two Mexican soccer teams through his telecommunications company America Movil.


  • Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
    Dec, 2012

    Estudiantes Tecos

    Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico
    Dec, 2012

    In December 2012, he bought all the shares of the second division team Estudiantes Tecos.


  • Mexico
    Dec, 2012

    The World's Richest Person 2012

    Mexico
    Dec, 2012

    In December 2012, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Carlos Slim Helú remained the world's richest person with an estimated net worth of US$75.5 billion.


  • Mexico
    2013

    Music Industry

    Mexico
    2013

    Slim and his son increased their presence in Mexico's music industry, particularly in the retail music industry since 2013.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 05, 2013
    07:22:00 PM

    The World's Richest Person 2013

    U.S.
    Tuesday Mar 05, 2013

    On March 5, 2013, Forbes stated that Slim was still maintaining his first-place position as the wealthiest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$73 billion.


  • Mexico
    Apr, 2013

    Managing Mexican Prisons

    Mexico
    Apr, 2013

    In April 2013 Slim entered the business of managing Mexican prisons to expand the investments of his construction-finance company.


  • U.K.
    Jul, 2013

    Shazam (application)

    U.K.
    Jul, 2013

    In July 2013 Slim's company America Movill invested US$40 million in Shazam, a British commercial mobile phone-based music identification service for an undisclosed share of ownership.


  • Israel
    Nov, 2013

    Mobli

    Israel
    Nov, 2013

    In November 2013 Slim invested US$60 million in the Israeli startup Mobli, a company that deals with connections between people and communities corralled according to different interests.


  • Mexico City, Mexico
    2013

    Grupo CIE (Corporación Interamericana de Entretenimiento)

    Mexico City, Mexico
    2013

    In 2013 Slim's company, Grupo Carso opened Mexico City's Telcel Theater, which operates in conjunction with his entertainment company, Grupo CIE (Corporación Interamericana de Entretenimiento), Mexico's equivalent of Live Nation.


  • Vienna, Austria
    Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

    Telekom Austria

    Vienna, Austria
    Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

    On April 23, 2014, Slim took control of Telekom Austria, Austria's biggest phone carrier, which has telcos in countries such as Bulgaria, Croatia and Belarus, under a 10-year agreement, was Slim's first successful business acquisition in Europe.


  • Acuario Inbursa, Mexico City, Mexico
    May, 2014

    Inbursa Aquarium

    Acuario Inbursa, Mexico City, Mexico
    May, 2014

    In May 2014 Slim opened Inbursa Aquarium, Latin America's largest aquarium.


  • U.S.
    Jul, 2014

    WellAware

    U.S.
    Jul, 2014

    In July 2014 Slim invested in WellAware, a Texas-based oil and gas software developer, this investment was also made with former Republican vice president Dick Cheney.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

    The Wealthiest Person in the World 2014

    U.S.
    Tuesday Jul 15, 2014

    On July 15, 2014, Forbes announced that Slim had reclaimed the position of the wealthiest person in the world, with a fortune of US$79.6 billion.


  • U.S.
    Sep, 2014

    List of Billionaires

    U.S.
    Sep, 2014

    In September 2014, Forbes listed Slim as number 1 on its list of billionaires with a net worth of US$81.6 billion.


  • New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

    The Largest Shareholder in the New York Times Company

    New York, U.S.
    Tuesday Jan 20, 2015

    Slim's stake in the Times increased again to 16.8% of the company's Class A shares on January 20, 2015 when he exercised stock options to purchase 15.9 million shares, making him the largest shareholder in the company.


  • Mexico
    Jan, 2015

    Claro Musica

    Mexico
    Jan, 2015

    In January 2015 Grupo Carso publicly launched Claro Musica, an online music service that is a Latin American equivalent of iTunes and Spotify.


  • Spain
    Mar, 2015

    Spanish Real Estate

    Spain
    Mar, 2015

    In March 2015 Slim began to set his sights on Spain, purchasing Spanish real estate at rock-bottom prices within the ailing Spanish economy.


  • 243 West Congress Street Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Apr, 2015

    Marquette Building

    243 West Congress Street Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
    Apr, 2015

    In April 2015, Slim bought the Marquette Building in Detroit and purchased PepsiCo Americas Beverages headquarters in Somers, New York for US$87 million


  • Plaza Carso, Mexico City, Mexico
    Wednesday Apr 15, 2015

    Carso Oil & Gas

    Plaza Carso, Mexico City, Mexico
    Wednesday Apr 15, 2015

    On April 15, 2015, Slim formed his own oil company called Carso Oil & Gas.


  • U.S.
    Jul, 2015

    IMatchative

    U.S.
    Jul, 2015

    On July 25, 2015, Slim's investment group Control Empresarial de Capitales invested in IMatchative, a technology startup that ranks the world's hedge funds creating in-depth behavioral profiles and business analytics.


  • U.S.
    2017

    Slim`S Net Worth

    U.S.
    2017

    In 2017, Slim`s net worth was reported (Forbes) to be $54.5 billion.


  • The New York Times Building, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    2019

    New York Times Company

    The New York Times Building, Manhattan, New York, U.S.
    2019

    In 2008 Slim took a 6.4% stake valued at $27 million in the troubled New York Times Company.


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