Carlos Slim released from hospital, recovering at home after COVID diagnosis

Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim listens to a question during a 2019 news conference at his office in Mexico City. File photo via AP
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim listens to a question during a 2019 news conference at his office in Mexico City. File photo via AP

Billionaire Carlos Slim was sent home from a hospital after treatment for COVID-19, according to press reports.

Mexico’s richest man is in good condition, according to his eldest son. He was in the state-owned Instituto Nacional de Nutrición for about a week.

Slim, whose family owns Mexico’s largest telecommunications provider, turned 81 on Thursday.

Slim was also awarded a contract to build a portion of the Mayan Train, an ambitious project that will connect cities in five southeastern states by rail.

He has also been a leading crusader against the coronavirus. Slim’s charitable foundation was licensed by AstraZeneca to supply 150 million doses of the vaccine throughout Latin America.

Slim was once considered the wealthiest man in the world, although he now stands at No. 21 on the Forbes’ billionaires list, with an estimated fortune of about US$60 billion.

Slim first appeared on Forbes’ list of billionaires in 1991 with a fortune of $1.7 billion based mainly on his Grupo Carso stake. His most notable success began with the privatization of state-owned phone company Telmex in 1990. In 2011, Telmex became part of America Movil, which started out as Telmex’s mobile arm. His net worth surged as America Movil acquired mobile phone network operators in Central America and South America. By 2012 it was in 18 countries.

With information from Forbes, Diario de Yucatán