In 1902, Julián Slim Haddad, father of Carlos Slim Helú, arrived in
Mexico from Lebanon, all alone and 14 years of age, speaking
no Spanish. He was escaping from the yoke of the Ottoman
Empire, which at the time conscripted young men into its army;
mothers therefore sent their sons to exile before turning
And thus Don Julián arrived in Mexico; he was a young man,
energetic and full of enthusiasm and ideas, who after
disembarking in Veracruz, moved to Tampico, Tamaulipas, where
four of his older brothers had already settled since 1898
(José, Elías, Carlos and Pedro Slim) with the conviction that
they would succeed together with the country that had received
Carlos Slim's mother, Doña Linda Helú, was born in Parral,
Chihuahua. She was the daughter of José Helú and Wadiha Atta,
Lebanese immigrants who arrived in Mexico at the end of the
19th century, and after traveling through several cities in
the Mexican Republic, decided to settle in the capital city.
José Helú brought the first Arabic printing press to Mexico
and founded one of the first magazines for the Lebanese
community in this country.
The Slim brothers later moved to Mexico City and in 1911,
Julián Slim and his brother José, who was thirteen years older
than him, founded the company La Estrella de Oriente (“the
Star of the East”), so named in honor of their country of
origin. The partnership was formed with 25,800 pesos, each of
them contributing 50 percent. In May 1914, in the midst of the
Mexican Revolution, Don Julián, then 26 years old, bought his
brother’s fifty percent stake for 30,000 pesos.
La Estrella de Oriente was an important dry goods store
located on Calle de Capuchinas (today Venustiano Carranza);
that, over time and with Don Julián’s extraordinary work ethic
and business talent, had merchandise worth more than
US$100,000 by January 21, 1921, only ten years after the
business was founded. By that time, Don Julián had also
acquired eleven more properties in the area, which was one of
the most commercial, active and significant in downtown Mexico
City, and therefore in the country. The current value of the
store would be more than US$7 million today, and the real
estate would be worth around US$28 million.
By 1922, Don Julián’s net worth was already $1,012,258
pesos between real estate, businesses and various stocks.
In August 1926, Julián Slim and Linda Helú married in
Mexico City. Their first daughter, Nour, was born four years
later, and Alma two years after that, followed by Julián,
José, Carlos and Linda.
With his intelligence and tenacity for work, Don Julián
Slim Haddad would become a prominent businessman and the
father of an exemplary family who was able to instill in his
children both moral values and the dedication to and
familiarity with work.
The reasons for Don Julián Slim Haddad’s commercial success
were simple: a calling, talent and hard work. Don Julián’s
thinking was ahead of his time, given his deep understanding
of business; by the 1920s he was already talking about an
efficient business as one that sold large volumes at smaller
margins, and with payment facilities, factors that today
prevail in the large discount stores.
In 1927, when Mexican migration policy ceased to be
favorable for many foreigners and Lebanese, immigration was
restricted, Don Julián Slim, who served as president of the
Lebanese Chamber of Commerce for almost 20 years (from 1930
until it was disbanded at the end of the 1940s), successfully
filed a lengthy and well-researched legal brief with the
Department of State that described the activities and
characteristics of his fellow countrymen and defended their
rights. Thanks to this, there was a favorable resolution for
these immigrants. A part of this document reads as follows:
“Lebanese are characterized by their work, their economy,
their simplicity, how easily and quickly they learn the
language of the countries they go to and in which they live
peacefully, especially in places like México that maintain a
sacred commitment to personal independence and love of the
During his leadership of the Chamber, he conducted a census
of all Lebanese businessmen in Mexico and actively
participated with them in the Nationalist Campaign of the
1930s, whose objective was to promote Mexican industry by
buying and consuming made-in-Mexico products, with the aim of
benefiting trade, employment and national development. The
motto of the campaign was “consume what the country produces.”
Although this campaign had the support of the President of the
Republic (Pascual Ortiz Rubio) it did not cost the country’s
federal treasury a penny because the various chambers of
commerce contributed the resources to disseminate and promote
it. The campaign always advocated the excellence of Mexican
products and for an increase in the country’s exports. Don
Julián’s participation was especially active, important and
dynamic in this important movement and it proved his
extraordinary capacity to assimilate to the culture of a
country that he assumed and defended as his own. During that
period he requested and finally obtained Mexican nationality.
The Relator Committee of Ejército de la Revolución
acknowledges Don Julián Slim, Mr. Carlos Slim's father.
Don Julian was awarded Honorific President of the Ejército
de la Revolución in 1937 because of his commitment to
Mexico and its institutions.
Carlos Slim Helú was born on January 28, 1940 in Mexico
City, where he learned from early on the value of family as a
priority in life.
He also received his first business lessons in early
childhood, as Don Julián gave each of his children a savings
book with their usual weekly allowance in order for them to
learn to manage their income and expenses. They reviewed this
book with him, analyzing their expenses, purchases and
activities, and by following this rule Don Julián’s children
managed their finances and developed their own wealth. From
that time investment and savings were part of young Carlos’s
life, becoming his first lesson in business, which he soon put
into practice by opening his first checking account and buying
shares of Banco Nacional de México when he was only 12 years
With his parents and five siblings, Carlos Slim Helú grew
up in a close, loving family that taught by good example, but
in 1953 Don Julián died suddenly, deeply affecting the Slim
Helú family; it was a sad and unexpected emotional blow that
left a noticeable mark in the home. Carlos was only 13 years
Carlos Slim Helú studied Civil Engineering at the National
Autonomous University of Mexico (known by its Spanish acronym
UNAM) School of Engineering, where he also taught Algebra and
Linear Programming while studying for his degree, meaning that
he was both a student and professor.
In 1965, when he was only 25 years old, he began to build
the foundations of Grupo Carso. Inmobiliaria Carso was
incorporated in January 1966, three months before marrying
Soumaya Domit Gemayel, hence the name Carso, which is a
combination of the first three letters of Carlos and the first
two letters of Soumaya.
Since the 1980s he has been a noted businessman in various
industrial, real estate and commercial fields. In 1982, which
was a critical time in the history of Mexico with the debt
crisis, nationalization of the banking system and the
country’s finances nearly paralyzed, Carlos Slim and his Grupo
Carso decided to invest heavily and actively. They made
diverse investments and acquisitions during this period, one
of which was Cigatam, which turned out to be the first and
most important because of its cash flow, providing the Group
with sufficient liquidity to capitalize on available
opportunities and thereby increase itsacquisitions of big
companies, including: Hulera el Centenario, Bimex, Hoteles
Calinda (today, OSTAR Grupo Hotelero) and Reynolds Aluminio.
Some time later the purchase of Seguros de México was closed,
and Grupo Financiero Inbursa was formed by integrating Casa de
Bolsa Inversora Bursátil, Seguros de México and Fianzas La
Guardiana. By 1985, Grupo Carso acquired control of Artes
Gráficas Unidas, Fábricas de Papel Loreto y Peña Pobre, and
also a majority stake in Sanborns and its affiliate Dennys. In
1986 Minera FRISCO and Empresas Nacobre were acquired, as well
as their affiliates, and control of the Euzkadi tire company,
the market leader at the time, was also acquired, as was a
majority stake in General Tire some years later.
In 1990, the group acquired TELMEX in partnership with SBC
and France Telecom, and began a new era of entrepreneurial
development in a globally strategic sector. Over the course of
22 years, TELMEX has developed a world-class technological
platform that has optimized its processes and strengthened the
corporate culture. Over this period of time TELMEX has
invested the equivalent of US$27.692 billion in Mexico's
telecommunications infrastructure and, combined with
operations in Latin America, more than US$33 thousand million.
América Móvil is a good example of value creation for
investors. Since 1996, it was a pioneer and global innovator
of cellular prepayment systems. In 1990, Radiomóvil Dipsa
(today TELCEL) had 35 thousand customers, to June 2012, had
313.1 million of clients in Latin America, 251.8 millions are
cellular subscribers, and 30 million fixed lines, and 15.1
millions in broadband, and 11.6 millions of pay TV clients.
Carlos Slim has left most of the boards of his companies,
and currently serves as: Chairman of the Board of Directors of
Impulsora del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina, S.A.
de C.V. (IDEAL); Chairman of Fundación Telmex, A.C.; Chairman
of Fundación Carlos Slim Helú, A.C.; Chairman of the Executive
Committee of Consejo Consultivo de Restauración del Centro
Histórico; and Chairman of Fundación del Centro Histórico, A.C.
Mr. Slim continues to be active in business although his
main effort and work is focused on education, health and
employment in Mexico and Latin America, through the
foundations he chairs and companies in infrastructure arena;
his three sons, Carlos, Marco Antonio and Patrick Slim Domit,
have taken over the reins of his businesses.
Mr. Slim has lectured at public and private institutions as
well as at international organizations such as the Economic
Commission for Latin America (ECLA).
He was a member of the Board of Directors of Altria
(previously Philip Morris Companies), and also a Board Member
for SBC Communications, Inc., from which he retired in 2004 to
devote more of his time to the IDEAL project, Impulsora para
el Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina, with a particular
emphasis on infrastructure, health and education.
He has also served as Vice Chairman of the Mexican Stock
Exchange and Chairman of the Mexican Association of Brokerage
Firms. He was the first Chairman of the Latin American
Committee of the Board of Directors of the New York Stock
Carlos Slim Helú and his wife Soumaya Domit de Slim
(deceased) had six children: Carlos, Marco Antonio, Patrick,
Soumaya, Vanessa and Johanna.
Mr. Slim has a passion for history, art and nature; he is also
a great fan of baseball and has written several articles about
On December 16th, 2008, Engineer Carlos Slim Helu was
nominated member of Research and Development Corporation
Executive Board, a nonprofit research organization in the
United States which offers assessment and solutions about
commerce and politics, among other aspects, throughout the
At the time Eng. Slim was elected member of the executive
board, the President and Executive Director of RAND
Corporation, James A. Thomson expressed: “It is an honor to
include in the executive board of RAND organization this
distinguished business and philanthropist leader” and added:
“Undoubtedly, Carlos Slim Helu will help the corporation to
improve its 60 years of success by providing objective
analysis and effective solutions related to the new challenges
that the private and public sectors are facing around the
ITU and UNESCO announce on May 10, in Genéve, Switzerland,
the creation of top-level global Broadband Commission for
Digital Development and it is co-chaired by Mr. Carlos Slim.
With high-impact social programs, focusing on the most
vulnerable population, in 2011, Carlos Slim Foundation has
directly benefited more than 29.7 million people.
Carlos Slim Helú has received significant recognition and
has been honored with the following, among others:
- Mr. Carlos Slim was recognized at the 4th Edition of
the Ibero-American Patron of the Arts Awards, organized by
the Callia Foundation, for his social commitment to the
arts. 26 February 2018. Madrid, Spain.
- Carlos Slim Helú receives Humanitarian Award from
Andrea Bocelli Foundation. September 8, 2017. Rome, Italy.
- The Appeal of Conscience Foundation granted Mr. Carlos
Slim the Appeal of Conscience Award. 19 September 2016.
New York, USA.
- Dr. Mercedes Juan, Mexico’s Secretary of Health,
presented an award to the Carlos Slim Foundation
recognizing its commitment and achievements in organ and
tissue donation and transplants. Mexico City, October 2,
- For third consecutive year, the Corporate Business
Reputation Monitor (Merco), recognizes Mr. Carlos Slim as
Mexico’s business leader with the best reputation in 2015.
August 4, 2015. Mexico City.
- Carlos Slim Foundation receives the International
Recognition Award 2015 for its contributions to improve
global health March 10, 2015. Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
- Mr. Carlos Slim receives the UNESCO Medal recognizing
his contribution to make sure that Information and
Communication Technologies benefit the population.
February 27, 2015. Paris, France.
- Forbes Magazine ranks Carlos Slim Foundation as
Mexico's most charitable business foundation. January 22,
- Mr. Carlos Slim was bestowed the Friars Club's Icon
Award by the Friars Club of New York, the acknowledgment
was given in the Friars Foundation Gala and it was
conferred to Mr. Slim due to his philantropic and
humanitarian endeavors. October 7, 2014. New York City.
- Mr. Carlos Slim received the Starlite Humanitarian
Award 2014, in recognition of his philanthropic work,
during the 5th edition of the Starlite Gala organized to
support foundations and social organizations. August 9,
2014. Marbella, Spain.
- Mr. Carlos Slim Helú is recognized as Mexico’s
businessman with the best reputation. The distinction is
awarded by the Corporate Reputation Business Monitor (Merco)
2014. Mexico City, May 29, 2014.
- The International Telecommunications Union granted Mr.
Carlos Slim the World Telecommunication and Information
Society Award 2014, in recognition to his leadership and
dedication in fostering ICT and broadband connectivity for
sustainable development. May 16, 2014. Geneva,
- “Digital education and jobs creation are essential
factors that demand our efforts as both society and
country”, Mr. Carlos Slim said in a ceremony of his 50th
anniversary as an engineering graduate by the Universidad
Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), organized by engineers
and architects associations. May 28, 2013. Palacio de
Minería, Ciudad de México.
- Mr. Carlos Slim Helú receives Medal of Honour from
ISSF President Olegario Vazquez Raña. Acapulco, México.
March 20, 2013.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- José Pagés Llergo Foundation did award Mr. Carlos Slim
the “Paz y Democracia” Prize in Investment and Development
category. April 18, 2012.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,
- 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,
- 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.
- 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.
- Eng. Carlos Slim Helu conferred Man of the Year 2008
by the World Boxing Council (WBC). March 3, 2009. Mexico
- The National Order of the Cedar in Grade of Grand
Officer was awarded by the Embassy of Lebanon in Mexico,
on November, 2008.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- Golden Plate Award, granted by the American Academy of
- Medal of Honor to Merit Business of the National
Chamber of Commerce in Mexico City, 1985.
Carlos Slim during the ceremony where the
Lebanon in Mexico
awarded him the National Order of the Cedar
in Grade of Grand Officer.
Carlos Slim in
jezzine, South Lebanon, Lebanon
Carlos Slim in
Carlos Slim with
dep. setrida geagaa in Bechrra, Lebanon
Slim is born on January 28, in Mexico City.
completes his professional studies in civil engineering
at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (known
by its Spanish acronym UNAM), where he also taught
Algebra and Linear Programming; he taught the latter
while still studying, meaning he was simultaneously a
student and professor.
incorporates Inversora Bursátil and becomes its chairman
of the Board of Directors. By acquiring Jarritos del Sur
and incorporating Inmobiliaria Carso, he begins to
establish the basis of what later becomes Grupo Carso,
whose name combines the first syllables of Carlos and
the end of this year he marries Soumaya Domit Gemayel.
founds and heads Promotora del Hogar, S.A., a
residential real estate company, and GM Maquinaria,
which buys, sells and rents construction equipment.
and manages Mina el Volcán SSG Inmobiliaria, S.A.
new companies start operations: Bienes Raíces Mexicanos,
S.A., Nacional de Arrendamientos, and Invest Mentor
del Sur, S.A. starts operations.
60% of Galas de México, a printer of labels and
calendars, and significantly improves its operations.
Galas, today Grupo Carso, is formed, whose principal
activities at the time were industry, construction,
mining, retail, food and tobacco.
the 1982 economic crisis, with the country’s finances
almost paralyzed, Carlos Slim continued to invest in
companies such as Reynolds Aluminio, Sanborns, General
Tire, among others, until 1984.
Bimex, S.A., Hulera El Centenario Firestone, 40% of
British American Tobacco, and 33% of Anderson Clayton.
Also buys Seguros de México, today Seguros Inbursa, and
creates Grupo Financiero Inbursa by integrating Seguros
de México, Fianzas La Guardiana and Casa de Bolsa
the Group are Sanborns, Dennys, Fábricas de Papel Loreto
y Peña Pobre, Pamosa, 50% of Hershey's and Artes
Empresas Nacobre, Minera Frisco and Química Fluor, and
increases the Euzkadi stake.
Carlos Slim Helú, A.C. is created, a non-profit
philanthropic organization whose objective is to serve
Mexican society by contributing to the development and
training of human capital through ongoing high-impact
and wide-ranging programs.
Carso goes public with an Initial Public Offering, which
is followed by mergers of the Group’s companies and
year-end, the company wins the bid to acquire Telmex
jointly with Southwestern Bell and France Telecom, after
which Carso Global Telecom, the holding company for
Telmex, is created. The brand Telcel is also created,
from Radiomóvil Dipsa, S.A. de C.V.
Hoteles Calinda (today, OSTAR Grupo Hotelero).
the majority interest in General Tire and Grupo Aluminio.
Soumaya is established this year with holdings that
include more than 64,000 works of art; in addition, the
non-profit museum conducts research, conservation and
promotion of Mexican and European art through permanent,
temporary and traveling exhibitions.
Telmex is established, one of the most important
philanthropic organizations in Latin America, whose
vision is to contribute to Mexico through education,
health, nutrition, justice, culture, personal
development, environmental conservation, sports and
disaster relief, generating opportunities that foster
the comprehensive development of Mexicans for the
betterment of the country.
Carso is split into three companies: Carso Global
Telecom, Grupo Carso and Invercorporación.
Sears Roebuck. In telecommunications, Telmex USA starts
Pastelería Francesa El Globo. Also acquires an interest
in Tracfone, a cellular company in the United States.
Carso Infraestructura y Construcción, S. A. (CICSA) is
created, a Mexican construction and engineering company
and part of Grupo Carso’s infrastructure and
Domit de Slim passes away, leaving an invaluable legacy;
she always worked for the personal development of
Mexicans, with several projects that are still active.
These include the Asociación de Superación por México,
A.C., the creation of a legal framework for organ
donation, and writing a series of handbooks entitled “True
Joy is Sadness Overcome”, among many others.
Telecom, the holding company for América Móvil, is
established and acquires an equity stake in the cellular
telephone companies ATL and Telecom Americas, in Brazil;
Telgua in Guatemala; Conecel in Ecuador; and Techtel in
del Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México is created,
with the aim of rescuing and revitalizing Mexico City’s
historic downtown area.
chairman of the board of directors of Telmex, Carlos
Slim, and the chief executive of Microsoft, Bill Gates,
announce the launch of their Spanish portal T1msn (today
ProdigyMSN). This strategic alliance would soon become
the leading portal in Mexico.
to acquire shares of cellular telephone companies in
Brazil, including Tess, Telet, Americel and a larger
stake in ATL.
Commercial begins operations in the United States.
Acquires majority share of Comcel in Colombia; of
Techtel in Argentina; and increases its equity stake in
cellular telephone companies in Brazil.
the expansion of América Móvil’s operations with the
acquisition of shares of Celcaribe, which operates in
Colombia; BSE and BCP in Brazil; CTE in El Salvador; and
CTI in Argentina.
Móvil’s position in Latin America expands with Entel of
Nicaragua; Megatel in Honduras; and most of the stock of
CTE in El Salvador. Buys AT&T Latin America with
operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and
Peru, and creates Telmex Latinoamérica. Subsequently the
company acquires Chilesat, Techtel, Metrored and
Chapultepec Agreement is signed, whose full name is the
National Agreement for Unity, Rule of Law, Development,
Investment and Employment. This document was an
invitation to assume shared responsibility for the
progress of the country, which was signed by more than
1,200,000 Mexicans interested in the well-being of the
del Desarrollo y el Empleo en América Latina, (IDEAL)
was formed to promote the development of these issues
and to combat backwardness by training and developing
human and physical capital through sustainable,
Carlos Slim Helu was awarded with the Galardon del Salon
del Empresario granted by Impulsa and Grupo Editorial
in South American telecommunications companies is
strengthened with the acquisition of the most important
telecom in Brazil: Embratel. The company also
diversifies with the airline Volaris and operations in
mining and real estate, among others.
Carlos Slim Helú, A.C. will pursue its supporting
program with an initial asset of 4 billion dollars, and
will create three Carso Institutes: Health, Sports and
Education. This Foundation has already donated 100
million dollars, added to the 100 million dollars
provided by the Canadian businessman, Frank Guistra,
will support Bill Clinton’s initiative, as well as his
foundation in order to fight the poorness in Latin
Carso sold a 30% of its 50.1% of the tobacco industry,
Cigatam, to its partner ALTRIA GROUP, (also known as
Philip Morris) in 1,100 million dollars. Likewise, it
sold its subsidiary of layers and tiles, Porcelanite, to
Grupo Lamosa for 800 million dollars.
November the 20th, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, President
of Mexico, granted Fundacion Telmex with the Sports
National Award, for its commitment with the sports in
Mexico. Also Copa Telmex received the Guiness Record for
being the amateur tournament with the most number of
competitors around the world.
Telmex, along with Fundación Carlos Slim Helú, A.C.
created the Instituto Telmex del Deporte (Sports’ Telmex
Institute ) that will support sports men and women with
more than 250 million dollars for the purpose of the
Olympic Games and will create the necessary conditions
to equip public schools in Mexico in order to promote
and practice sports.
Sanborn´s acquired the license of the retailers chain
Saks Incorporated and on November 28th the famous store
Saks Fifht Avenue opened in Santa Fe, a Shopping Center
in Mexico City.
Assembly of Shareholders of TELMEX approved the
initiative of cleavage of its operations in Latin
America, as well as the business of Seccion Amarilla
(Yellow Pages) to form a new company called TELMEX
Slim Helu reaffirms its commitment to cooperate with the
cause of ALAS, with a donation of $110 million to
support programs for children.
June 10th, 2008 began the listing of TELMEX
International Exchanges in New York, Madrid and Mexico .
Fernández de Torrijos, First Lady of Panama, and Carlos
Slim Helú, signed in June 23, an agreement to apply
maternal and infant health programs in that country,
through the Carlos Slim Institute of Health.
Slim Foundation and TELMEX announced the donation of
100,000 computers to more than 1,400 public schools in
August, President William Clinton, Carlos Slim Announce
New Investment Projects in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru
for more than $50 Million dollars.
a financial investment acquiring equity partnerships of
6.4% in The New York Times Company.
September, Grameen Trust and Fundacion Carlos Slim
announced an Alliance to create Grameen-Carso, which
will afford with micro credits to the neediest in Mexico
with an initial asset of about 45 million dollars.
October, Grupo Financiero Inbursa (GFI) formalizes its
strategic alliance with La Caixa de Barcelona through
the subsidiary Criteria Caixa Corp., increasing its
wealth from 41 billion to 54 billion pesos, allowing
them to continue contributing the financing for the
development of the country, as well as accelerate their
growth in banking for families. With this increase La
Caixa participates with 20% of the equity of GFI.
November, the Embassy of Lebanon in Mexico awarded The
National Order of the Cedar in Grade of Grand Officer to
Carlos Slim for his philanthropic labor.
second consecutive year Fundación TELMEX was granted
with two awards: the Sports National Award, for its
commitment with the sports in Mexico and the Guiness
Record for Copa TELMEX, as the biggest amateur
tournament around the world.
November 30, Eng. Carlos Slim, along with Alex
Rodriguez, baseball player of the New York Yankees,
visited the new “Sports Center Ciudad Jardin TELMEX
Bicentenario”, the biggest sports center in Mexico
located in the old waste dump of the Bordo de Xochiaca,
Carlos Slim Helu was nominated member of the Executive
Board of RAND Corporation (Research and Development), a
nonprofit research organization in the United States,
which offers assessment and solutions about commerce and
politics, among other aspects, throughout the world.
January it signed the agreement Acuerdo Nacional a favor
de la Economía Familiar y el Empleo convoked by the
Mexican president Felipe Calderon.
February 9th he participated in the Forum of analysis,
proposals and agreements México ante la Crisis: ¿Qué
hacer para crecer? (Mexico facing the Crisis. What to do
to grow?), organized from January 27th to February 16th
by the Mexican Senate’s Belisario Domínguez Institute.
New York Times Company increased its actions to 6.9%.
March he was awarded Man of the Year 2008 by the World
Carso reveals its 2009 Plan in which it is revealed an
investment of 29 thousand 280 million pesos during the
present year and the creation of 34,885 employments. In
this same document it is also revealed that Fundaciones
Carlos Slim and TELMEX will make a social investment of
7 thousand 900 million pesos.
signed the Pacto Nacional por la Vivienda para Vivir
Mejor, convoked by the Mexican Government. The main
objective of this Project is to support the construction
and refurbishment of 800 thousand homes during 2009.
Carso revealed in April the new look of Ostar Grupo
Hotelero (before known as Calinda Hotels).
Enrique Peña Nieto, Governor of Estado de Mexico and Mr.
Carlos Slim Helu inaugurated the Sports Center Ciudad
Jardin TELMEX Bicentenario, an ambitious project of
ecological rescue that was built on the surface of an
old city dump known as Bordo de Xochiaca, in
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Fundacion Carlos
Slim announced an initial investment of $100 million
dollars to support the conservation of biodiversity and
promote sustainable development in Mexico.
Carlos Slim Helu received the ESADE award in recognition
of his philanthropic and entrepreneurial management,
during the XIV Anual Celebtration ESADE Alumni,
June 30, 2009, Mr. Carlos Slim Helu received the George
Washington University President's Medal, the most
distinguished academic award, in recognition of his
philanthropic and entrepreneurial management.
August 17, Carlos Slim signed like honor witness the
Commitment with the Freedom of Expression, Mexico 2009,
summoned by the Foundation for the Freedom of
Expression, A.C. (Fundalex).
August 19, Carlos Slim attended the ceremony in which
the Federal District’s Legislative Assembly (ALDF)
awarded journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky with the Citizen’s
Merit Medal 2009 in recognition of his professional
career and his personal contribution to life in Mexico
September 7, Mr. Carlos Slim announced the establishment
of Inbursa Foundation, which will jointly operate with
its similar La Caixa of Barcelona. The foundation will
begin to operate with an one-thousand million pesos
endowment, so enhancing the social responsibility aims
that Fundación Carlos Slim has embraced since more than
20 years ago.
Slim Foundation and Grameen Trust have launched the
Grameen Carso microfinancing program with 45 million
dollars on September 24, 2009.
Alliance WWF-Carlos Slim Foundation and ConcentrArte
project present the book “Cuatro Ciénegas: La mirada de
sus niños”An invitation to preserve the richness of the
valley, natural laboratory for the evolution of species.
José Luis Luege, general director of National Water
Commission (Conagua), and Mr. Carlos Slim did sign a
contract for building the Atotonilco Waste Water
Treatment Plant past January 7, 2010. The plant is
designed to be one of the biggest hydraulic
infrastructure works in México.
Slim Institute of Health start this January 19, one of
the world’s largest research projects for public health
in México on the genome of cancer, as well as on the
genome of diabetes and some variations of renal
Carlos Slim Helú, Mr. Carlos Slim Domit, Telmex's
executive board chairman, Mr. Héctor Slim Seade,
Telmex's general director, and other top Telmex's
executives presented this January 20, the Plan "TELMEX
2010 - Technology-Innovation Drive".
March, 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.
April, about two thousand million pesos will be invested
in biodiversity projects and sustainable development in
six priority regions of Mexico. Investment capital will
come from an agreement between Semarnat, WWF and Carlos
and UNESCO announce on May 10, in Genéve, Switzerland,
the creation of top-level global Broadband Commission
for Digital Development and it is co-chaired by Mr.
Carso presents the Plan 2010 in where establish a
investment program of 39 thousand 300 million pesos in
2010. In the present year Grupo Carso have increased 35%
their investment in respect to 2009, with the objective
of create jobs, forming human capital, advancing
research & development, and more.
June, President Bill Clinton, Carlos Slim and Frank
Giustra, launch a 20 million Dollar Fund for Small and
Medium-Size Firms (SMFs) in Haiti
June, the Carlos Slim Foundation, the Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation, the government of Spain and the IDB,
launch the Mesoamerica Health 2015 Initiative. The aim
of this Initiative is to reduce the gap in health
equality faced by the poorest 20% of population living
in Central America and Southern Mexico.
June 16, América Móvil did announce definitive results
of Telmex International and Carso Global Telecom Bids.
As a consequence of this process, América Móvil has
become the owner of 93.56% and 99.4% of Telint and
Telecom capital stock, respectively.
15 of July, the high-level advisory group of the United
Nations Organization (UN), on energy and climate change,
in where Mr. Carlos Slim is a member, met today in
Mexico, to design new forms public-private partnership
and support the overall objectives of access to energy
and energy efficiency.
Carlos Slim did impart a keynote address in Business
Summit Mexico 2010: “Take-off Time: Actions for Change,
in Toluca, State of Mexico.
World Boxing Council (WBC) did award Mr. Carlos Slim the
WBC Humanitarian Prize of the Year in November because
of his bestowals to the world boxing.
Financiero Inbursa celebrated its 45th Anniversary in
the new Soumaya Museum building, located in Carso Plaza,
in Mexico City.
On January 31, Mr. Carlos Slim announced that Grupo
Carso will invest 44.65 billion pesos in 2011, meaning a
13.6% increase from the year before.
Mr. Carlos Slim presided the celebrations marking the
20th Anniversary of the privatization of TELMEX, in the
new building housing the Soumaya Museum.
June 2011, Fundación TELMEX obtained the following
achievements: 222 thousand 322 scholarships, 746
institutions supported with computer equipment, 266
thousand 864 bicycles were donated through the Ayúdame a
Llegar program, 656 thousand 869 surgeries and 6
thousand 805 transplants, 11 million 756 thousand bags
of one kilogram of nutritious sweets, 83 thousand 414
Social Bail Bonds, 28 thousand 704 tons of humanitarian
aid, and 126 thousand 397 men and women teams, in the
TELMEX soccer cup.
In August, increasing its share from 6.9% to 7.5% in The
New York Times Company.
Increases its stake in Saks, which becomes the major
shareholder of these department stores, to earn 16% of
the total shares of this company.
October, Carlos Slim Foundation published the book
“Centro Histórico: 10 años de revitalización” (Historic
Center: Ten Years of Revival).
Hispanic Society of America did award the Sorolla Medal
to Carlos Slim Foundation due to its contribution to the
arts and culture.
in October, Carlos Slim Foundation donated Plaza Mariana
to the Archdiocese of Mexico City. The architectural
complex includes a crystal-made crux signaling the
plaza’s four main areas: Guadalupe’s Museum,
Evangelization Center, Columbarium, and Market Place for
former peddlers. The work benefits about 20 millions
annual pilgrims and visitors.
Mr. Carlos Slim participated in the Broad Band
Leadership Summit, being organized by the International
Telecommunications Union in Geneva, Switzerland, to
discuss the current problems of the industry at a global
December, America Movil and Carlos Slim Foundation
joined the Global RED Initiative to have the first
HIV/AIDS free generation in 2015.
February, Mr. Carlos Slim was awarded the Great Cross of
the Order of Civil Merit and Honor because of his
humanitarian labor by the Mexican Red Cross, the
International Federation of Red Cross and the Red
In May, Mr. Carlos Slim was awarded the George
Washington University Honoris Causa Degree because of
both his philanthropic activities and contribution to
business growth and community development in Mexico and
Slim Foundation donated 3 million dollars for expanding
Broad Band service for the benefit of U. S. Latin family
July, Mr. Carlos Slim hosted the Montevideo Circle in
Mexico City. The Montevideo Circle is a forum for
presidents, former presidents, diplomatic, businessmen,
and global leaders. After sixteen years of existence,
that was the first time that the Montevideo Circle
meeting was hosted by a businessman.
September of 2012, TELMEX Foundation announced the
following achievements: 259,445 grants, 746 institutions
being benefited by computer-equipment donation; 329,960
bicycles for the program "Ayúdame a llegar" (Help me to
get at); 923,486 extra-mural surgeries; 7,363 organ and
tissue transplantations; 94,284 social bailouts;
13,232,000 nutritional candy 1 kg packets; 28,758 tons
of humanitarian aid, and 12,341 male and female soccer
teams participating in TELMEX tournaments (Copa TELMEX).
Carlos Slim was recognized because of his Leadership in
Philanthropy by former President Clinton in the Sixth
Annual Ceremony of Clinton Global Citizen Awards, on
United Nations' Global Business Coalition for Education
launched the Education First Initiative on September 26.
Mr. Slim stands for the only one Latin American man with
a seat in the advisory room for Latin America.
in September, Mr. Slim was awarded the Gibran National
Committee Prize because of his contribution in divulging
the knowledge of Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran's
poetry, philosophy and painting.
December 12, Mr. Carlos Slim was bestowed the Dwight D.
Eisenhower Global Leadership Award by the Business
Council for International Understanding.
on December, Mr. Slim joined the Happy Hearts Fund
initiative for rebuilding school buildings in Veracruz,
January 14, Salman Khan and Carlos Slim announced the
Educational Alliance to offer free access to world-class
education for Mexico and Latin America population.
Carlos Slim participates in the first Global Education
and Technology Forum at Twitter's San Francisco offices,
International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)'s
new complex was inaugurated in Texcoco, Mexico, in
February. Both Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and
Carlos Slim Foundation supported the creation of that
modern center for the advancing of agriculture research
March Mr. Carlos Slim hosted the International
Telecommunication Union's 7th Broad Band for Digital
Development Commission Meeting, of which Mr. Slim is
Foundation and Carlos Slim Foundation granted 753
fellowships for UNAM Engineering School' students
April the Carlos Slim Health Awards 2013 were conferred.
Carlos Slim Foundation (created in 1986) divulged its
own health-care achievements. The Carlos Slim Health
Institute celebrated its Sixth Anniversary.
the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi, Carlos Slim
Foundation did announce that it has committed 100
million dollars to the Global Polio Eradication
October, the WWF-Carlos Slim Foundation-SEMARNAT
partnership attains 5 years of uninterrupted support to
biodiversity and sustainable development in Mexico.
of the Telcel Theater.
of the second phase of the Mexico-USA alliance in
genomic research, with US $ 139 million dollars
accumulated grant from the Carlos Slim Foundation to
Mexican Commission for Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity
(CONABIO in Spanish), the Carlos Slim Foundation and
Telcel launch in December the "Naturalista digital
platform", a scientific tool to foster the knowledge of
nature and its conservation by means of social media.
January 29, the Carlos Slim Foundation and Coursera sign
an agreement to provide free on-line world-class
graduate education to millions of Spanish speaking
April, Mr. Carlos Slim opens Telcel-Infinitum Digital
Village, the largest digital inclusion event in the
world, announcing the launch of the “Training for a Job”
platform, which offers on-line courses to learn about
August, the Carlos Slim Foundation launches the free
Internet website “Latino Access”, catering for the
Latino community in the United States. The website
offers Spanish language education and training for
employment, as well as information on health and
Carlos Slim and Antony K. Shriver, founder of Best
Buddies International, call upon employers to support
the campaign “I’M TO HIRE”, oriented at persons with
intellectual and development disabilities.
November, the former President of the United States,
Jimmy Carter, and Mr. Carlos Slim, announce their new
partnership to promote the eradication of the last
remains in the American continent of onchocerciasis, or
2015, for the eighth consecutive year, the Carlos Slim
Health Awards are granted to outstanding personalities
for the development of innovative solutions in the
health sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Carlos Slim Foundation established a partnership with
Elizabeth Holmes and her company Theranos to foster the
proactive prevention of diabetes and other ailments.
July, Mr. Carlos Slim along with authorities from the
Federal Government, the Government of Mexico City and
distinguished personalities, inaugurated Telcel-Infinitum
Digital Village, the largest digital event in the world,
celebrated in 2015 for the third consecutive year in
Mexico City’s central square, the Zocalo plaza.
Carlos Slim Foundation signed an agreement with Autism
Speaks to offer on-line information and tools in Spanish
language for the treatment of autism.
November 30, Inbursa Financial Group turns 50.
February, the Honduran Government and the Carlos Slim
Foundation signed an agreement to cooperate on Job
Training programs, Online Education, and Support for
June, Mr. Carlos Slim presented the App-prende digital
platform, offering free educational, cultural, and job
training content through the aprende.org website for
teachers, students, parents, and the wider public