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Carlos Slim, Jorge Paulo Lemann and more: the Latin Americans among world's 500 richest

They added $1.8 trillion to their combined net worth in 2020, amid a global economic crisis

Mexican Carlos Slim Helú is the richest man in Latin America.
Mexican Carlos Slim Helú is the richest man in Latin America. Photo: Secretaría de Cultura Ciudad de México

The world’s 500 richest people added $1.8 trillion to their combined net worth in 2020, amid a global economic crisis that leveraged unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Bloomberg. According to the latest update on Bloomberg Billionaires Index, the world’s 500 richest people are now worth $7.6 trillion. 

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Mexican Carlos Slim is the one leading the ranking in Latin America, with a total net worth of $56.3 billion, although he lost $3.93 billion in a year-to-date change. Slim controls America Movil, the largest mobile-phone operator in Latin America.

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Following Slim, is Jorge Paulo Lemann, with a net worth of $23.8 billion. In 2020, he earned $252 million. He shares control of Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beermaker, with his billionaire partners Marcel Telles and Carlos Sicupira (both in the 500 richest list). The trio own stakes in Kraft Heinz and Restaurant Brands International, the company behind Burger King. They also control retailer Lojas Americanas and developer Sao Carlos in Brazil.

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Here are the other Latin Americans in the ranking of Bloomberg’s 500 richest:

  • Iris Fontbona, from Chile. She has a net worth of $20.2 billion and earned $4.76 billion in a year.
  • Sara Mota de Larrea, from Mexico. She has a net worth of $16.9 billion and earned $5.33 billion in the pandemic year.
  • Eduardo Saverin, from Brazil. He has a net worth of $14.8 billion and earned $3.64 billion last year.
  • Jorge Moll, from Brazil. He has a net worth of $14.3 billion and earned $10.2 billion in one year.
  • Ricardo Salinas, from Brazil. He has a net worth of $13 billion and lost $1.27 billion last year.
  • Alejandro Santo Domingo, from Colombia. He has a net worth of $12.5 billion and lost $1.22 billion in one year.
  • Alberto Bailleres, from Mexico. He has a net worth of $10.3 billion and earned $1.66 billion in a year to date.
  • Marcos Galperin, from Argentina. He has a net worth of $7.05 billion and earned $4.39 billion in a year to date.
  • German Mota-Velasco, from Mexico. He has a net worth of $6.31 billion and earned $2.19 billion in a year to date.
  • João Moreira Salles, from Brazil. He has a net worth of $5.23 billion and lost $921 million in a year to date.
  • Fernando Moreira Salles, from Brazil. He has a net worth of $5.23 billion and also lost $921 million in a year to date.
  • Walter Salles, from Brazil. He has a net worth of $5.23 billion and lost $921 million in a year to date.
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