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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


Though she does not share his very private approach to media coverage, the two media celebrities have a number of commonalities. Shakira and Slim both share a Lebanese heritage and a Latin American culture. But while Carlos is not often in the paparazzi lens, legions of fans simply can’t resist the resist the Colombian pop star.

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia, Shakira’s career began at age 14 with her first album, and she has gone on to great acclaim as a musician and performer.

Alongside her phenomenal commercial success, Shakira is an avid philanthropist. She is the founder of ALAS, a charitable organization dedicated to serving the needs of Latin American children burdened by poverty.  It’s a vision that Slim shares. The so-called Mexican oligarch put up $110 million of his own in support of the cause in 2008, the New York Times reported, while attending a press conference in Mexico City to promote Shakira’s foundation.


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