Carlos Slim Helú (Arabic:كارلوس سليم حلو) (Spanish pronunciation: ), simply known as Carlos Slim (born January 28, 1940) is a Lebanese-Mexican businessman and philanthropist largely focused on the telecommunications industry. He is currently the third wealthiest person in the world with a net worth of around US$35 billion through his holdings.
Slim has a substantial influence over the telecommunications industry in Mexico and much of Latin America. He controls Teléfonos de México (Telmex), Telcel and América Móvil companies. Though he maintains an active involvement in his companies, his three sons — Carlos, Marco Antonio and Patrick Slim Domit — head them on a day-to-day basis.
Slim was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His father, Julián Slim, a Lebanese Maronite Catholic, immigrated from Lebanon at the age of 14. In 1911, Julián established a dry goods store called La Estrella del Oriente (Star of the Orient) and purchased real estate in downtown Mexico City. He and his wife, also Lebanese but born in Mexico, had six children, of whom Carlos was the youngest boy. Julián's wife is Helen Helú Atta who was born in Parral, Chihuahua to José Helú and Wadiha Atta.