When Forbes magazine announced its list of the top billionaires in the world for 2010, the person in the number one spot was hardly a well-known name: Carlos Slim Helú. A billionaire with a purposefully low profile, Slim had made his fortune, estimated at $53.5 billion, as an entrepreneur, particularly in telecommunications, in Mexico.1
An investor and entrepreneur, Slim built a portfolio of companies across several industries. Yet in our conversation about entrepreneurial leadership, what was most striking about him was his quiet humility. Instead of talking about his own abilities, he was quick to credit his success to the person who influenced him the most: his father, Julian Slim Haddad.