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Forbes 2013 List of Billionaires Includes 15 Mexican Citizens

03 April, 2013

For more than 25 years,Forbes magazine has published a list of the richest people in the world,and this year it includes 15 Mexican citizens. This number rose from 11 in 2012 and the demographics also changed this year to include two women.

Carlos Slim - #1
With more than $73 billion in assets,Mexico’s telecom magnate Carlos Slim Helu has once again earned the title of “World’s Richest Man,” and comes in at number one on this year’s list. Slim currently serves as Honorary Chairman of América Movil and has also been named on Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s most powerful people.

Alberto Bailleres Gonzalez - #32
With a net worth of more than $18.2 billion,Bailleres Gonzalez has built a diversified empire that is managed under his holding company Grupo Bal and he serves as chairman of Mexico’s second largest mining company,Industrias Penoles. He also controls the Grupo Palacio de Hierro department store chain,the Grupo Nacional Provincial insurance company and Grupo Profuturo,a pension fund manager. In addition,Bailleres Gonzalez owns a stake in FEMSA,which bottles coke in Mexico,and serves on the board of various corporations.

German Larrea Mota-Velasco - #40
Larrea Mota-Velasco controls more than 50 percent of Grupo Mexico,which is the nation’s largest mining corporation,and owns more than 5,000 kilometers of railroads that span 71 percent of Mexico real estate. He is worth an estimated $16.7 billion.

Ricardo Salinas Pliego - #111
As president and CEO of Salinas Group,which has assets in media,specialized retail,financial services and telecom,Salinas Pliego has a net worth of nearly $10 billion and also purchased America’s largest cash-advance company,Cash America in 2012.

Eva Gonda Rivera - #179
As a new addition to the list of Forbes billionaires,Gonda Rivera controls 50 percent of Mexico beverage giant FEMSA’s B shares,which are traded in both Mexico and on the New York Stock exchange. She is worth an estimated $6.6 billion.

María Asunción Aramburuzabala - #248
Known as Mariasun,this billionaire inherited a stake in Grupo Modelo,the maker of Corona and Negra Modelo,which was founded by her grandfather in 1925. The company was sold to Anheuser-Busch for $20.1 billion,making it the largest Mexican corporation sale in history. She is worth an estimated $5 billion.

Jeronimo Arango - #329
Arango made his fortune – which is currently estimated at around $4 billion – by selling his stake in Mexico’s Cifra retailer to Wal-Mart in 1997.

Emilio Azcarrago Jean - #589
As president and CEO of Mexico’s major TV broadcaster Grupo Televisa,Azcarrago Jean is worth an estimated $2.5 billion.

Ruffino Vigil Gonzalez - #613
Steel magnate Vigil Gonzalez is a new face on the Forbes list of billionaires and is president of Industrias CH,a high-capacity steel production and processing company with locations in Mexico,the U.S. and Canada. He is worth an estimated $2.4 billion.

Jose & Francisco Jose Calderon Rojas - #641
These brothers and business partners are new to the Forbes list of billionaires and own a large stake in worldwide beverage giant FEMSA. They are worth an estimated $2.3 billion.

Carlos Hank Rhon - #792
Hank Rhon holds 93 percent of Grupo Financiero Interacciones,a financial services and investment bank in Mexico,as well as Grupo Hermes,which builds bridges,roads and hydroelectric plants. He is worth an estimated $1.9 billion.

Robert Hernandez Ramirez - #831
As former chief executive of Banamex,Hernandez earned the bulk of his fortune when Citigroup bought the Mexican bank in 2001 and has since served on the board of Citigroup and Grupo Televisa. He is actively involved in preserving the Riviera Maya’s unique cultural and environmental offerings and is reportedly renovating several properties in Merida,a popular expat haven,art community and vacation destination on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

Alfredo Harp Helu - #974
As cousin to Carlos Slim Helu,Harp Helu made his fortune in 2001 when Citigroup bought Banamex,a Mexican bank. He is worth an estimated $1.5 billion.

Max Michel Suberville - #1031
Another new addition to the Forbes billionaires list,Suberville owns a large stake in Mexican beverage giant FEMSA and his family co-founded the El Puerto de Liverpool department store chain back in the 1930s,which now has close to 100 stores in Mexico. He is worth an estimated $1.4 billion.

Juan Gallardo Thurlow - #1107
The final Mexican citizen to make the Forbes 2013 list of billionaires is another newcomer. Gallardo Thurlow controls 63 percent of Organizacion Cultiba SAB de C.V.,a holding company with subsidiaries that produce cane sugar and molasses,as well as distribute soft drinks and bottled water in Mexico. He is worth an estimated $1.3 billion.