The world’s richest man maintains holdings in telecommunications (America
Movil), banking (Grupo Financiero Inbursa) and mining (Minera Frisco), as well as Philip Morris, New York Times, Saks and Caixabank. Through his family’s holding company, Grupo Carso, Slim also commands a large presence in the Mexican construction industry.
The richest man in Mexico is no longer the richest man in the world. Carlos Slim lost $2.3 billion, or 3.1 percent of his net worth, in the past week. That leaves Slim with an estimated net worth of $72.1 billion, putting him second on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, whose fortune is estimated at $72.7 billion.As Bloomberg's Peter Newcomb and Crayton Harrison explained on Bloomberg TV, one reason for Slim's falling rank is political pressure on him in Mexico. Then there's also Bill Gates' rise, fueled by a 29 percent surge in Microsoft shares so far this year.
Royal KPN NV, the Dutch phone operator partly owned by Carlos Slim’s America Movil SAB, raised about 2.92 billion euros ($3.78 billion) in a share sale as investors took up 97.4 percent of the offered rights.
Comision Federal de Electricidad, Coca-Cola Femsa SAB, Grupo Famsa SAB, Grupo Financiero Inbursa SAB and Kimberly-Clark de Mexico SAB are among issuers that plan to sell bonds in Mexico’s debt markets.
After a group of protesters denounced Carlos Slim and marched out of the room playing Darth Vader’s theme song on kazoos, a companion of the Mexican billionaire smiled at him and said, “Welcome to New York.”
Telekom Austria AG, the country’s biggest phone company, rose the most in almost five weeks after its first-quarter earnings beat analysts’ estimates while a decline in revenue was cushioned by business in Belarus.