World’s Richest Man Steps Up Giving Despite Wariness About Charity

Carlos Slim Museum

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Carlos Slim supports a range of causes including the arts. Last year he opened Museo Soumaya, in Mexico City, to house his collection.

It doesn’t take Carlos Slim Helú long to voice his discontent with philanthropy. Mr. Slim, a Mexican businessman who by some estimates is the richest person in the world, is sitting in an office at Grupo Financiero Inbursa, a bank that makes up one piece of his corporate empire. The room is hardly ornate, particularly for someone of Mr. Slim’s net worth, which Forbes estimates to be about $69-billion. His Malcolm S. Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award, given to