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When Carlos Slim claimed the top spot on Forbes’s annual list of the world’s richest people in 2010, it was the first time since 1994 that the spot wasn’t occupied by an American and, even more impressively, the first time that a person from a developing country topped the list. Although Slim is fabulously wealthy, he lives a relatively modest life, residing in the same house in Mexico City for the last 40 years. His extreme wealth and steadfast humility make him a unique creature in the world of the rich and famous. The most revelatory book available about this Mexican business magnate, comprised entirely of Slim's own thought-provoking and inspiring quotes, The World's Richest Man: Carlos Slim In His Own Words is a comprehensive guidebook to the inner workings of the world's wealthiest man and one of its most prominent philanthropists. Over 200 quotes on business, investing, entrepreneurship, leadership, management, wealth, and life provide an intimate and direct look into the mind of this modern business icon.
Tanni Haas, Ph.D., is a Full Professor in the Department of Speech Communication Arts & Sciences at the City University of New York - Brooklyn College where he teaches courses on business communication and other topics.
Table of Contents
Introduction Acquisitions Alliances Being Like Warren Buffett His Biggest Influence Bill Gates’ Philanthropic Efforts Business Decisions His Business Goals Business Mortality Business People as Social Problem-Solvers Business People versus Politicians Buying The New York Yankees CEOs as Leaders of Leaders His Challenge in Life Charity Competition Competition, Internal Competitiveness Competitors Computers Creating Crises as a Business Opportunity His Critics Custodianship Democracy Developing Human Capital Developing Latin America Developing Leaders From The Inside Digital University Dividends Early Start Economic Cycles Economic Recovery Economic Stability Education Employees Facing Our Problems Family Business Fear and Guilt Fighting Poverty Fighting Poverty But Not With Charity Fighting Poverty Through Partnerships Fighting Poverty With Education and Jobs Follow Your Conscience Fortitude and Emotional Balance Founders versus CEOs Freedom Free Trade Giving and Receiving Giving People a Sense of Purpose Globalization Happiness How He Has Developed as a Businessman Over Time How He Spends His Time How He Thinks of Himself How To Identify Great Leaders Immigrants Internet Investing Investing Excessively Investing in Developed versus Emerging Markets Investing in Latin America Investing in Mexico Investment Philosophy Investors versus Entrepreneurs Leadership Leadership Attributes Leadership Types Learning From Personal Crises Learning From The Past Leaving Better Children For The World Leaving Children a Commitment His Legacy Lessons From His Father Lessons From The Global Financial Crisis Life Living Living Modestly Luck Lying Management Management Layers Mexico’s Drug War Mexico’s Federal Competition Commission Microsoft Mistakes Money Negative Feelings and Emotions Old-Style Business Optimism and Pessimism Organizational Culture His Philanthropic Efforts Philanthropy Political Ambitions Political Leaders President Obama’s Buffett Rule Pride Prosperity Reading A Company By The Numbers His Relationship with Government Officials in Latin America Retirement Age Risks His Role in the Telecommunications Market Share Prices Simplicity in Business Small and Medium-Sized Companies Social Responsibility of Business Leaders Solving the European Economic Crisis Solving the U.S. Economic Crisis Success Teamwork Technology and Communications Telecommunications The New York Times Time Management U.S. Investments in Mexico Vocations Warren Buffet’s Philanthropic Efforts Wealth, Honorable and Dishonorable Wealth as a Social Responsibility Wealth Distribution Wealth Is Like An Orchard What It Means To Him To Be The Richest Person In The World What Keeps Him Awake At Night Why He Doesn’t Live In A Bigger House Why He Won’t Retire Why His Company Is Bigger Than His Competitors Words He Lives By Work Work-Life Balance Worrying about Others’ Opinions Milestones Citations About the Editor