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Latin America’s Top Billionaires 2015
Carlos Slim remains the richest man in Latin America. Photo: World Travel & Tourism Council

Carlos Slim remains the richest man in Latin America. Photo: World Travel & Tourism Council

13th March 2015

The combined wealth of Latin America’s richest individuals in 2015 reached $415.1 billion, a figure 5.4 per cent less than in 2014. Still, the total fortune of the region’s billionaires remains very high compared with the $123.3 billion in 2009.
Although the number of billionaires also declined, from 113 in 2014 to 100 in 2015, the number for this year remains well above the 31 registered just five years ago.
While many of the region’s wealthiest have begun to suffer the impact of lackluster business and the US dollar’s strength in their net worth, Mexican telecoms and retail mogul Carlos Slim not only manages to remain Latin America’s richest person, but increased his fortune by 7 percent, to $77.1 billion.
Slim also remains the world’s second richest.
There are few changes at the top of the ranking this year. Brazilians Jorge Paulo Lemann, co-owner of the Anheuser Busch InBev beer empire, and Joseph Safra, chairman of Safra Group, with interests mainly in banking, remain the second and third richest individuals, with fortunes rising 27 percent, to $25 billion and 8 per cent, to $17.3 billion respectively.

Slim, Lemann and Safra are part of a group of top-ten billionaires that increased their wealth in 2015. The others in the group include Marchel Herrmann Telles and Carlos Alberto Sicupira, two of Lemann’s business partners in Brazil, whose wealth rised 28 percent, to $13 billion, and 27 percent, to $11.3 billion, …

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