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Carlos Slim Now World's Second-Richest Person

Carlos Slim Now World's Second-Richest PersonMexican businessman Carlos Slim Helu has surpassed Warren Buffet to take the number two position on the Forbes list of the world's richest people.  Slim, now worth $53 billion, is approaching Bill Gates’ fortune of $56 for the top spot.  Slim owns Mexico's dominant phone company and has numerous other holdings throughout Latin America.  His wealth highlights the gap between rich and poor in Mexico, where his fortune alone accounts for 7% of the GDP. 

Carlos Slim Helu Now World's Second-Richest Man (Forbes)
Why Not All of Mexico is Happy for Carlos Slim (Time)