Why Famous: Carlos Slim has long been Mexico's richest man. He and his family control América Móvil, Latin America's largest mobile telecom firm.
Slim also owns stakes in mining, real estate and media companies. In 2010 Slim became the first Mexican and person not from the US for 16 years to top Forbes rich list.
- 1990-06-19 Grupo Carso, S.A. de C.V., founded by Carlos Slim is listed on the Mexico Stock Exchange
- 2007-08-08 Carlos Slim overtakes Bill Gates as world's richest person with estimated net worth of US$59 billion, according to "Fortune"
- 2010-03-10 Carlos Slim becomes the first Mexican and person from an emerging economy to top Forbes Richest Person list, with net worth of US$53.5 billion