Carlos 'Slim' Helu is more than the richest man in Mexico
By: Linda White, Xiro Xone News June 30, 2016 Updated: 6:11 PM PT
Carlos 'Slim' Helu, is a name most Americans have never heard. But the man affectionately known as, Carlos Slim, is the richest man in Mexico, and very well known by Presidents and wealthy businessmen in the U.S. Carlos Slim may have the wealth of what some refer to as the one percent. However, by all accounts, his work ethic and generosity is not that of a rich, self centered, let them eat cake billionaire who lives off investments from inherited wealth, while looking down on the little people. These series of articles will take you from his start, his detours, his loss, his success, and his constant repayment to humanity.
The day we spotted Carlos Slim and decided to do a series of articles, he was in the company of former U.S. Presid ent Bill Clinton and philanthropist Frank Giustra. They were traveling to Panama to start the strategic education project with help from the Carlos Slim Foundation and the Panamanian Minister of Education. And discuss the progress of the Mesoamerica 2015 Health initiative.
During a world economic forum on Latin America. The Carlos Slim Foundation in partnership with Marco Antonio Slim and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Senior Program Officer, Wolfgang Munar announced the start of the initiative’s operations at the press conference. Honduran Health Minister Arturo Bendaña, acting president of the Mesoamerican Public Health System, was there to represent the other governments in the region, the Government of Spain, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Inter-American Development Bank President, Luis Alberto Moreno said, “This is the first regional public-private initiative in Latin America designed to improve equity in health for the poorest groups of the population. We expect it will become a reference point for other regions of the world.”
Salud Mesoamérica 2015 has $142 million available to provide grants to countries and will leverage $54 million in counterpart funding from governments, for a total of nearly $200 million in investments for the target population. The funds will finance maternal, newborn, reproductive and child health services with emphasis on nutrition and vaccination for the poorest segments.
"We are here today to affirm our commitment that, in terms of health, national borders are erased and gaps are being closed for, Mesoamerican women and children who have long been marginalized. This guarantees them an opportunity to receive decent, quality health care. Better health and opportunities for development cannot, and must not, have borders” said Marco Antonio Slim.