How to Invest like the World`s Richest ManYou know, every time Carlos Slim picks up the NYT and reads an article or editorial pipelined straight from the SPLC about how only frothing-at-the-mouth racists worry about illegal immigration, I think he feels like he`s getting his money`s worth out of his bailout of the Times.
by Robert Frank No, this isn`t an article about Bill Gates or Warren Buffet. It is about Carlos Slim, who has been pulling far ahead of his two closest competitors in the race for world`s richest man.
Bloomberg reports that Carlos` publicly disclosed holdings soared 37 % to $70 billion in 2010. Meantime, Warren Buffett`s returns were a more modest 22%, while Bill Gates` shares in Microsoft fell.
So how did Slim do it?
Mainly by keeping his money at home in Mexico and selling into the gold rush. Telefonos de Mexico, the state-owned monopoly he acquired, was a dud last year, but his stake in American Movil [his cellular spinoff of his monopoly] soared 15%....
His biggest loser was his stake in the New York Times, down 21%.
... Of course, it helps to have Slim`s overwhelming power and market share in Mexico, which is hard to replicate in many other countries.Slim bought the Mexican telephone monopoly from the corrupt ruling party a couple of decades ago. Mexico has ridiculously high telephone rates, which reduces economic growth, which incentivizes more illegal immigration. But, Slim makes a fortune on expensive long-distance calls between Mexico and America, so it`s all good.