Well, we knew it wouldn’t be a woman, right? Oprah no longer qualifies, because she technically owns the world. Therefore she’s no longer in the world.
So, this richest guy has gotta be a suit, right? Sure. Yes. Good guess. And he had to have made some crazy investment like 20 years ago, right? Correct again. And he’s gotta be from one of the wealthy world nations: United Arab Emirates, the United States of America, Japan, right? Um. Sorta.
Carlos Slim Helu is a 70-year-old Mexican communications mogul, son of a Lebanese immigrant, and owns nearly 90 percent of Mexico and Latin America’s telephone lines and approximately 80 percent of its cellular providers. Yes. He made one heck of an investment in 1990 when he formed a group of investors to purchase a controlled interest in Mexico’s largest telecommunications platform, Telmex. From that point forward, it was only a matter of using what he/they had in order to gobble up more entities and scrape from the top to finance more ventures throughout the world. YES, Oprah disciples–the world that Oprah owns. How could I forget!?
In terms of personal investments, Helu owns nearly 7 percent of a little publication known as The New York Times and even tossed the Times a 250-million dollar loan in 2009. Yes. Two-fiddy. And it’s chump change, folks. Forbes estimated that Carlos Slim presently brings in upwards of 30 million dollars per month. His net worth is now sitting at 53.3 BILLION dollars. This guy literally possesses enough wealth to eradicate extreme world poverty, single-handedly. I wonder if he’ll do it?
Mr. Helu, if you’re reading this, I’d like to invite you to celebrate my birthday. It’s at the end of April, but anytime you can swing by, I can flex to your schedule!
(Image via: Forbes)