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Six degrees of Angela Merkel

A Doctor in physics holds the fate of the euro zone in her hands. Find out how she’s connected to Latin America’s favorite pop star (of Lebanese ancestry, by the way).

May 27, 2010 1:45 by

Carlos Slim

The telecom billionaire of Lebanese origins is the world’s richest man, commanding an empire of diverse business holdings worth an estimated $53 billion. Carlos Slim Helú presides over a vast empire of global assets. His corporate interests include holdings in media, telecom, retail and real estate. He is credited with transactions of such scale that they have influenced the international standing of entire sectors of business.

But the immensely private Slim credits modest beginnings and the immigrant work ethic for his skyrocketing success. The son of Lebanese immigrants, the Mexican magnate made his fortune in the telecoms industry.

He is well known for his many charitable endeavors , including his own philanthropic foundation that launched with an estimated net worth of $4 billion. The widower and the father of six, shares an interest in charity with the iconic…


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