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Posted on Mar 9, 2011
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Mexico’s Slim, pictured here in 2007, comes in first on Forbes’ list with a whopping $74 billion.

Well, it’s not Bill Gates, but the Microsoft mastermind did come in second place in this year’s countdown of Forbes’ top 10 wealthiest people in the world. So who was No. 1? That would be Mexico’s Carlos Slim, for the second year in a row.  —KA

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1. Carlos Slim (Mexico) - $74 billion, telecommunications

Slim, 71, first showed a business talent as a 10-year-old selling drinks and snacks to his family. After studying engineering, he founded a real estate company and worked as a trader on the Mexican stock exchange. Cigar-smoking Slim is known for a “Midas touch” in acquiring struggling firms and turning them into cash cows.

His enormous wealth contrasts starkly with his frugal lifestyle. He has lived in the same house for about 40 years and drives an aging Mercedes Benz, although it is armored and trailed by bodyguards.

He has become involved in combating poverty, illiteracy and poor healthcare in Latin America and promotes sports projects for the poor, but has never voiced plans to give away large chunks of his wealth to charity.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, March 11, 2011 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

My findings are the same PatrickHenry, thanks for adding that.

Similar effect Fidel Castro may have on Cubans the world over ( negative or positive, for incorrect stereotypes are deduced regardless ) as a poor example.

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By PatrickHenry, March 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm Link to this comment

The Rothschilds are reputed to have more money than the 10 richest people combined.  They are primarily responsible for the nation state of Israel and paid for many of the government buildings there.

Most of the negative sterotypes “the Jews” suffer with most come from the Jewish Banker persona where profit is paramount over social well being.  Generations in the making.

Forget about the many fine doctors, writers and academics “the Jews” produce, IMO it is the bankers who have caused the most negative press. 

Those like the Rothschilds.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, March 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment

Not at all ITW… I sail with several Jewish friends on a weekly basis… I love them immensely and we respect our individual beliefs, views, etc… it is possible to love people who do not resemble what we see in the mirror.

Just wondered if my link to the Rothschild info ( them being a wealthy Jewish family dynasty ) had you concerned, that’s all.

Have a good day, sir.

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By Inherit The Wind, March 10, 2011 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

Gee, Nap, I didn’t even think about it. I was speaking in far more general terms of the constant attacks on Jews and Jewish financiers that go on here.  Then the list of the 10 richest people in the world comes out and not one Jew is on it.

So, of course, the barrage of implications from all sorts of posters is automatically suspect.

So why ask the question? Is your conscience, perhaps, bothering you?

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, March 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

ITW, was your remark towards me?

Did you read my posts and sharing of information as being antisemitic?

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, March 10, 2011 at 12:34 pm Link to this comment

ITW, don’t mind the ignorant rhetoric of antisemitism my friend… 

That, much like racism and prejudice against non-white people is prevalent, a product of programmed ignorance over society via the media to further separate the people.

Hope this encourages you sir, for I found it very inspiring:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOT0Ik7it1w&feature=fvsr

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By Inherit The Wind, March 10, 2011 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

I saw the list, didn’t see my name on it, and went back to bed!

For all the anti-Semitic @$$#01e$ at TD: Notice that NOT ONE of the names on the list belongs to a Jew or an Israeli.

So much for rich Jews running everything.

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By SoTexGuy, March 10, 2011 at 9:57 am Link to this comment

He’s extremely wealthy and commands Mexican politics and their economies in vast and varied ways.

It’s instructive on the impacts of corporatism and the upward flow of wealth that this man and his personal empire could rise from the shambles of modernization that is Mexico. Once a rich and proud land.

The poorest of the poor, their lands and livelihoods stolen from them, living in abject poverty and scrounging in rubbish heaps that ring most every ‘modern’ city in Mexico.. and the border with the US. While the lucky one’s find a place doing
piece work for foreign companies for .35 cents an hour.

Viva Mexico.. may she rest in peace.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, March 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm Link to this comment

He isn’t the richest man in the world…

Perhaps the richest public figure / chattel born not of pedigree.

The Rothschilds come to mind.  Anyone of those pediGREED descendants trump Slims fortune like an elephant trumps an ant.

http://www.rothschild.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rothschild_family

Don’t believe everything you read… even if sources are deemed credible.

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By PatrickHenry, March 9, 2011 at 9:13 pm Link to this comment

At what point is enough, enough?

He could live well for the rest of his life on 1% of his net worth.

So much more could be done with this money to Mexican society. 

He didn’t make it all himself, though I bet he thinks he did.

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