• Carlos Slim is the richest person in Mexico , worth an estimated $55.2 billion, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index.
  • He ranks among the top 10 richest people in the world.
  • The 79-year-old Mexican billionaire controls America Movil, the largest mobile-phone operator in Latin America, and holds stakes in several other publicly traded companies, including The New York Times.

Carlos Slim Helu, Mexico's wealthiest man and one of the richest self-made billionaires in the world , flies under the radar more than you might expect, considering he's involved in hundreds of companies in Mexico , which is also known as "Slimlandia."

Slim's influence is far-reaching in Mexico and abroad. Bloomberg estimates Slim's net worth to be at least $55.2 billion , but he could be worth as much as $64 billion , according to Forbes.

Here's how Slim built up his massive business empire.

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