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Richest Civil Engineer Mexican Carlos Slim reveals the advice he would give his 25-year-old self

  • if he were to give his 25-year-old self advice, Carlos Slim, the founder of Grupo Carso, would say to be practical and have clear and attainable goals.

  • Slim was born on 28 January 1940, in Mexico City to Maronite Catholics from Lebanon.

  • He went on to study civil engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he also concurrently taught algebra and linear programming.

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In 2010, Carlos Slim Helú grabbed the title of world’s richest man from Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The first and so far only person from a developing nation to top Forbes’ World Billionaires list.


Quotes from Slim book " Richest Man: Carlos Slim In His Own Words

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Though Slim was a civil engineering major, he also displayed an interest in economics. He took economics courses in Chile once he finished his engineering degree.

Graduating as a civil engineering major, Slim has stated that his mathematical ability and his background of linear programming was a key factor in helping him gain an edge in the business world, especially when reading financial statements.

Top Quotes of Carlos Slim

  1. Be optimistic, and not guided by your fears.

  2. Everything you do in your business must have a purpose to improve the business. You can only see that through the numbers. Make sure that you can measure the impact of your decisions.

  3. Don’t try to be and do everything yourself; rather, create alliances and partnerships with others.


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