On 8th August 2007, Fortune magazine reported that Carlos Slim had overtaken Bill Gates as the world’s richest man. Carlos Slim’s estimated fortune soared to US$59 billion, based on the value of his public holdings at the end of July. Microsoft founder Bill Gates’ net worth was estimated to be at least US$58 billion.
Carlos Slim is Mexico’s Monopoly. It’s hard to spend a day in Mexico and not put money in his pocket. The 67 year old tycoon controls more than 200 companies-he say he “lost count”;…As one Mexico City eatery jokes on its menu: “This restaurant is the only place in Mexico not owned by Carlos Slim”. (Cambodia Daily, David Luhnow, August 18-19 2007).
What is amazing about this news can be link to Tycoon Kith Meng who announced on Thursday August 30 2007 that there will be a joint venture with a Malaysian firm to bring the international fast food giant KFC to Cambodia. Probably people “lost count” on his business too: ANZ Bank, Telecommunication (Mobitel, Camsin and CTN TV channel), Lottery, Hotel Cambodiana Hotel)…….now he will also invest in Restaurant (KFC).