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Carlos Slim  (Source: Keith Dannemiller/Corbis)
One of the richest people in the world is now doing his part to help get technology in the hands of the poor

Mexican telecom billionaire Carlos Slim, one of the richest men in the world, recently announced his plan to offer "hundreds of thousands" of notebooks to children in Mexico.  He is ready to contribute up to $70 million to the program in 2007.

Slim initially promised as many as 250,000 low-cost notebooks this year and the possibility of as many as 1 million notebooks in 2008 -- with an average cost of $250 to $300 each.  Slim expects the cost of the notebooks to lower over time, but did not offer specific estimates. 

The notebooks will first be offered to schools and libraries, at which point Slim expects to extend the offer out even further.  Slim noted this "digital education" could be the key to help struggling Mexicans get a better education.

"The scheme in public libraries would be for them to lend them out, like books," Slim said.

Slim's Telefonos de Mexico, also known as Telmex, would help the libraries and schools create wireless networks for all of the notebooks.

According to Reuters, Slim's estimated $67.8 billion officially makes him the richest man in the world, overtaking Microsoft's Bill Gates.  Even as the likely world's richest person, Slim will donate as he sees fit -- noting that he will not compete with Bill and Melinda Gates in a philanthropy competition.

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Why? Because...
By xphile on 8/4/07, Rating: 0
RE: Why? Because...
By DonkeyRhubarb on 8/4/2007 5:07:15 AM , Rating: 4
Give it a break. A generous person is giving up his money completly for free for the good of people who could otherwise not have this item.

I say well done! and any generosity that helps balance the world out and make life that little bit better for all is very welcome!

RE: Why? Because...
By geeg on 8/4/07, Rating: -1
RE: Why? Because...
By Lonyo on 8/4/2007 10:29:15 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, clearly he should give away all his fortune in one go on laptops.
Or he could not.

Just because he's starting small doing one specific thing doesn't mean he won't give away more over time. Nor obviously does it mean he will, but IIRC Bill Gates didn't start giving away his fortune as soon as he got it, nor has he given away that much of it now.

RE: Why? Because...
By FITCamaro on 8/4/2007 11:52:52 AM , Rating: 1
Actually Bill Gate's entire fortune will be spent within 50 years after him and his wife die on things like education and health through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His foundation donates over a billion dollars every year as it is to education and scholarships. Both here and abroad. No not all the money going out of the foundation is his but still.

So no, he doesn't give anything.

RE: Why? Because...
By deeznuts on 8/6/2007 2:54:58 PM , Rating: 2
Bill Gates was widely criticized for not donating until very recently. IIRC, he stated he wasn't going to donate until much furhter in life, however, aging and criticism has accelerated this.

RE: Why? Because...
By tacorly on 8/4/2007 2:29:26 PM , Rating: 3
zomg maybe no one should aspire to be that successful person and big business shouldnt exist, go communism

RE: Why? Because...
By iFX on 8/9/07, Rating: 0
RE: Why? Because...
By nayy on 8/4/2007 1:07:12 PM , Rating: 5
As far as i know he is a decent guy, he and his family are involved several charity organizations,
But he didn't become the world richest man by making dumb decisions, here are some facts about telmex, his main company (please don't quote me on this, they are just to give you an idea):
1. Telmex provides about 80% of land lines in Mexico
2. Telmex has about 70% of the cell phone lines
3. Telmex is the biggest computer seller in Mexico,(gives credit with the land lines contracts)
4. Telmex is the biggest ISP in Mexico probably with over 60% SOM for both dial-up and broadband services.

By giving away computers he is not only going to get some nice tax deductions, but he also is promoting the expansion of technology in Mexico which will eventually convert in more business for his company. He probably doesn't see this as just a nice thing to do, but in a way sees it as an investment.
Don't get me wrong, this is just the right kind of business practices that Mexico needs, I think it's great.

RE: Why? Because...
By xphile on 8/5/2007 12:52:45 AM , Rating: 2
So I get rated down because I have a sense of humour and nobody else can see that if you take what I said another way it is subtly very funny? Some of the people here are just far too serious by far.

RE: Why? Because...
By wordsworm on 8/5/2007 11:20:43 AM , Rating: 2
Did you miss the part about him making his money off of telephone networks? This probably has as much to do with him trying to educate these kids enough so they grow up hooked to the internet and computer technologies. If these kids grow up making more money than their parents, then they'll be able to spend more money, and he'll become richer than he is now. Of course, I think everyone would benefit from that scenario, so it's hard to complain. But I just wanted to say that he's probably doing this for his own good, and not just the good of his countrymen.

I wonder how Bill feels about being ousted... I still think Queen Elizabeth II and the Pope sit on more impressive fortunes. Most of their wealth is on paper. The Pope is sitting on wealth that's been building for about 1500 years.

RE: Why? Because...
By Lord Evermore on 8/5/2007 9:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
The Pope does not have a personal fortune, the Vatican does.

As for the Queen, didn't they have to have a garage sale a few years back to pay the bills?

RE: Why? Because...
By Oregonian2 on 8/6/2007 2:23:48 PM , Rating: 2
I agree. People are shooting the gift horse in the mouth.

By jay401 on 8/4/2007 10:35:01 AM , Rating: 1
There are so many more appropriate ways to improve the education of children than to give them a crutch like a computer. They could start by funding libraries and schools so they can maintain a decent assortment of books and reading materials and encouraging kids to read. They could fund shop, physics, and home ec classes with tools and supplies so kids can learn how to build, maintain, and fend for themselves.

Arguably the ability to read and to use one's hands for things ranging from the basic essentials like building shelter and a knowledge of edible foods and how to grow, harvest, and prepare them; to the ability to construct and repair mechanical devices and structures, are much more important than spending time on the Internet - or even, dare it be said, learning to type.

When electricity goes out or is unavailable, which is an eventuality of greater and greater likelihood as infrastructure ages and natural disasters increase, that computer isn't going to be worth a darn, but if you can build shelter, provide for you and your family, and collectively build and repair more advanced mechanical constructs, you'll be much more useful than a web-savvy gamer.

Not to mention you're much more likely to be in better physical shape to survive disasters and catastrophes that displace people.

But yeah, give all the kids a computer. That's what they really need...

RE: sigh...
By killerroach on 8/4/2007 11:38:57 AM , Rating: 3
From the sounds of things, the article appears to indicate that Slim is improving the library infrastructure in these areas... and networking is something that can help in improving the ability to be able to not only find where information is, but to get it. Increasingly, the digital resources are as important to learning and understanding of the world around them as books and journals, and the library landscape needs to adapt to reflect that. Kudos to Slim for this initiative.

RE: sigh...
By FITCamaro on 8/4/07, Rating: -1
RE: sigh...
By akugami on 8/4/2007 1:19:16 PM , Rating: 3
I understand some of where you're coming from, being a legal immigrant to the US and I hope to gain my citizenship soon (application is already in the mail). However, one would think that Slim trying to improve the education of Mexican children will contribute to less illegal immigrants into the US.

After all, if they get a better education and build up Mexico (which creates more wealth and jobs), they won't need to come to the US illegally. You can't just seal up the borders and hope nobody can make it in, you need to try to solve the underlying cause of the illegal immigrants coming to the US. Basically there are no jobs where they are coming from. Building up Mexico through programs like education is what's going to solve this problem.

RE: sigh...
By smitty3268 on 8/4/2007 1:27:39 PM , Rating: 3
but put plenty of people out of work who would gladly do the jobs they do but can't afford to do it for $10-20 a day as they will.

While I don't disagree with everything you said, I had to laugh at the above quote. There was a chicken factory that got raided (in Georgia I think), and nearly all of the 1000 employees were deported. Did the company go out and hire Americans for twice the cost? No, of course not. They made a deal and got prison labor to replace the illegal immigrants.

Also, a lot of illegal immigrants do pay taxes.

RE: sigh...
By HrilL on 8/4/2007 4:04:00 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah I have to agree a lot of them do pay taxes since they do in most cases have fake or stolen SSN. Just last year the Manager at a ranch I used to work at got a letter from the IRS since they were getting about 10 grand a year under his daughters SSN and they wanted to know why they were not paying taxes anymore. Someone was using her # to pay their taxes...

RE: sigh...
By wordsworm on 8/5/2007 10:49:23 AM , Rating: 5
Daily Tech really ought to allow people to be rated lower than -1.

RE: sigh...
By wordsworm on 8/5/07, Rating: 0
RE: sigh...
By jay401 on 8/5/2007 11:38:21 AM , Rating: 1
Wow, pretentious much? Way to completely miss the point.

RE: sigh...
By wordsworm on 8/6/2007 11:46:01 PM , Rating: 2
You just don't seem to understand how beneficial computers can be to education. Your logic seems to be from the perspective of someone who doesn't use computers for anything important, such as studying and research. Your claim about how they should focus on certain things fails to take into account that computers can significantly assist in everything that you mentioned. Your posts show that you don't seem to be aware of the constructive purposes of a computer. Pretentious? No, I am just educating you on the different purposes of computers. They're not just porn and games. They're much more versatile than that, and that's why it's a potent tool for learning and potentially for teaching as well.

Not laptops
By bwave on 8/4/2007 5:24:59 PM , Rating: 1
Portable computers are called 'notebooks' not 'laptops', you'd think a tech site could get that correct.

RE: Not laptops
By surt on 8/4/2007 11:12:26 PM , Rating: 3
Hence the ONPC project. Or wait, is that OLPC? I can't recall.

RE: Not laptops
By Xavian on 8/5/2007 7:47:46 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Not laptops
By exanimas on 8/5/2007 8:15:51 PM , Rating: 1
They're only called "notebooks" by the companies for liability reasons. Most laptops get really hot (especially underneath) so if a company implied in the name that the product is supposed to be kept on your lap, people would be suing left and right about how they got burnt. Thus, in the company's eyes, it's a notebook computer and if you put it on your lap that's completely your choice and in no way recommended by them.

RE: Not laptops
By gerf on 8/5/2007 9:16:44 PM , Rating: 2
As long as they don't call them "labtops," I don't care.

By Aenslead on 8/4/2007 10:50:01 PM , Rating: 3
I've read each and every comment posted here. Certainly, many have a well informed idea of how things are in Mexico, but then again, many others don't;

It's IMPRESSIVE to see the level of IGNORANCE going on in what's supposed to be the most "educated" country in America (that's the name of the continent, by the way, not the country). Why are people so hasty in pointing our immigrants, and saying illegal, and all of that crap? Last minute news: 80% of US' population is from foreign origins. That's the nature of your country: Koreans, Chinesse, Africans, Arabs, Italians, yadda, yadda... USA is a country made from immigrants.

Please, stop complaining "oh, my, California is now a part of Mexico", and calling them roaches and what not... if Mexicans are the largest minority in the States', its because YOUR ECONOMY DEMANDS IT, its because there are jobs no "american" geek will want to do, and because your corporations see cheaper and better hand labour in Mexicans! The stuff you take to your mouth every day? 90% certainty a Mexican had something to do with it. The shiny floor in your public places? 70% chances a Mexican did it... and if it where not because of them, you'd have some serious issues.

Mexicans need the US; US needs Mexicans and that's all there is to it. Immigration bill slammed down? Can you guess why? No need to give more power to what's actually a very important part of your populaion.

As for Carlos Slim... I hope he has a better idea of what's he's doing and prevent the Enciclomedia fiasco that went on with Vicente Fox which ended up in lots of money poured down the toilet for very little.

RE: Impressed
By UserDoesNotExist on 8/5/2007 1:32:29 PM , Rating: 3
I've lived in the Midwest (North Dakota) and the Southwest (Arizona), both recently. In the Midwest, we have absolutely no problem finding local people willing to do jobs that "no American will do." Go into a McDonalds, hire a construction or yardwork crew, look at the janitor of the building you work at, they will all be local, white people. The only migrants we have are the ones that help harvest, and that's been going on for almost a hundred years. When I was in Arizona, not many of the people in my high school had jobs. Why, you might ask? Because all the classic "high school" jobs (fast food, cashier, etc.) were done by Mexicans working at substantially lower wages. Unskilled Americans couldn't even find jobs in Arizona unless they knew Spanish, which kinda defeats the whole "unskilled" point. Our economy doesn't demand illegal immigration.
As for the immigration bill, the reason it was slammed down was because the Republicans want cheap labor and the Democrats want cheap votes. Notice the key word here is "cheap." It's not due to altruism, it's due to money and power. Hardly something I'm bring up to support my point.
It's businesses that are breaking the law and knowingly hiring illegals that have caused this problem, and it's sad how Congress and the President is letting this slide for political reasons. They exist to uphold the law, or change the law if need be. They aren't upholding the law, and they haven't changed it to allow the current state of affairs to be legal. That's corruption, in my opinion.

Also, it's true that we are a nation of immigrants, but most of our ancestors came here legally. I have absolutely no problems with people coming here legally. I work alongside a bunch of Indians and Chinese. It's when they come illegally that I have problems.

Finally, about Carlos Slim, he's more to blame for illegal immigration than probably even the government, as I mention in my other post on this topic.

RE: Impressed
By theapparition on 8/6/2007 11:43:51 AM , Rating: 2
Last minute news: 80% of US' population is from foreign origins. That's the nature of your country: Koreans, Chinesse, Africans, Arabs, Italians, yadda, yadda... USA is a country made from immigrants.

First, only the american indian population would be native, so I guess that would make that 99% of the US population is from foreign origins.

Second, I personally don't have an issue with immigration. We need hardworking people from Mexico or other sources who are looking for a better life and want to contribute to society. I do have an issue with breaking the law, hence ILLEGAL immigration. Those who are in this country ILLEGALLY, who receive public benifits, do not pay taxes and are unaccounted for. To be fair, ILLEGAL immigrants are not just Mexicans, but they are the majority. Immigration reform must happen, not to expel any legal hardwork person, but to uphold the LAW. How do we expect to secure ourselves from terror, when 10s of thousands pour accross our borders yearly.

Only ourselves to blame
By LoganXT on 8/4/2007 12:42:38 PM , Rating: 3
The primary reason illegal immigration is so prevalent is because we all support it. Corporations understand that in order to compete with the outside world we need a source of cheap labor. And the reality is most people around here don't want their jobs. I mean, do you want to work as an overnight janitor making 6 bucks an hour? You say its hurting America, but remove all those people from their jobs and see what kind of a world you wake up to. I don't think you'll be too happy.

I say this guy is at least trying to stem that flow of people by uplifting his country away from American dependence. Now imagine if we used all that war money to help our neighbors gain better financial footing. Maybe then there wouldn't be such a disconnect.

RE: Only ourselves to blame
By jay401 on 8/4/2007 1:54:11 PM , Rating: 2
Now imagine if we used all that war money to help our neighbors gain better financial footing.

Or, better yet, imagine if the government used that money to incentivize American enterprise to use American workers and to secure our borders.

RE: Only ourselves to blame
By Samus on 8/4/07, Rating: 0
RE: Only ourselves to blame
By jay401 on 8/4/2007 6:23:35 PM , Rating: 2
Well that's cute, and very altruistic of you, but there's no mandate for one country to do that for another, especially when Mexico has plenty of its own money that it's not using to provide better education for its youth. Maybe they should fix the rampant corruption in the government so proper things get funded. Besides, they have Slim here to help bolster their education. Do tell why the US should fund another nation's education when its own education is highly inadequate and it could put the money to better use securing its borders, employing Americans so corporations aren't inclined to seek illegal workers, and not to mention improving its own education system.

Good deeds can't cover up his record
By UserDoesNotExist on 8/5/2007 1:18:09 PM , Rating: 1
I'm a very pro-business guy, but even I have my limits. The Wall Street Journal had an article on this guy on Saturday. Basically, he's a monopolist, through and through. Squashes all competition to keep himself powerful and rich. I don't care how much money he gives to poor people. The best thing he could do for his countrymen is to allow competition, lowering prices and supporting the rise of a sizable middle class in Mexico. Trinket laptops do nothing for the country, besides make foreigners praise him for being such a good person.

Aside: am I the only one that's unimpressed with the Internet's ability to aid in learning? I've been using the Internet since that golden 1995 year, and I've never, ever used it for serious coursework. It's just too damned unreliable. The Internet is good for news, socialization, gaming, and carnal interests, but other than that, I personally think that the Internet is overrated. Even most of the news comes from old media sources.

By Lord Evermore on 8/5/2007 9:34:59 PM , Rating: 2
It's overrated for many things. Any usage where someone claims that having a computer and Internet access is going to completely change people's lives, it never really does in the ways they claim. Education doesn't suddenly get better, people don't suddenly start collaborating on projects and learning about other cultures. Office workers still goof off. Everything becomes a gossipy teen hangout or a porn site (or both), or devolves into just another generic clone of other sites.

If you can't give kids a proper education without a laptop, you won't be able to give them a proper education with a laptop. You'll just fail to educate them much more actively and more expensively. If you can't design a curriculum with pencil and paper that gets the job done, you won't be able to design one for a laptop that does.

Need #1 for students in Mexico and every other place in the world: stable home environment, good nutrition, adequate healthcare.

Need #2: good school curricula and management based on the welfare of the child and not the budget or the personal feelings of teachers, nor on the idea that children must never be given negative feedback.

Need #3: basic provisions for a basic education - writing implements, updated textbooks, proper learning environment, GOOD teachers.

Need #4: enhancements to the basic education - arts, physical education, driver's education, social and sporting events, cultural education, anything to broaden the scope of the child's experiences.

Need #5: luxury items like a laptop which a student may use to broaden his learning but is not required to function in the standard educational system.

Plus, how long does Slim expect those things to last in the hands of random kids checking them out at the library? Scratches, broken screens, damaged drives, corruption, missing keys. I doubt they're going to be able to recoup any losses financially from a kid whose family only earns the cost of that laptop in a couple of weeks of work (or longer, considering a child needing to borrow a laptop will be in the lower income brackets).

Then they have to train all those librarians to deal with the laptops to some degree, assisting the children with using them, checking them over when they're returned. Either the librarians have to know how to check the software (or better, reimage the machine after every use) or pay for tech support to do it, unless they set it up so only the RAM is writeable and the OS and apps are on secure Flash.

By Aenslead on 8/6/2007 1:29:57 AM , Rating: 2

By JeffDM on 8/4/2007 11:02:45 AM , Rating: 3
I think that's the first time I've seen a picture of the guy. Anyway, did the guy forget to stop using his porn name?

Laptops do not help the poor!
By wingless on 8/4/2007 9:25:29 PM , Rating: 2
All those kids will do is look at porn on the internet!

If he really wants to help his country he should help implement programs to eradicate tuberculosis and leprosy that are plaguing his country. Laptops do not even help in the education of school children unless the proper educational infrastructure exists to support the laptops as well.

I don't get it!
By ButterFlyEffect78 on 8/4/07, Rating: -1
RE: I don't get it!
By watkinsaj on 8/4/2007 6:09:32 AM , Rating: 3
Inflammatory racism always goes hand in hand with breathtaking ignorance - your post is a good example of both.

RE: I don't get it!
By rdeegvainl on 8/4/2007 6:18:41 AM , Rating: 5
I think ignoring that post would be a much better way handle the situation.
Like they say, arguing with a troll is like wrestling a pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it.

RE: I don't get it!
By ButterFlyEffect78 on 8/4/07, Rating: -1
RE: I don't get it!
By theteamaqua on 8/4/2007 11:57:34 PM , Rating: 2
agree capitalism > democracy ...its as simple as that

RE: I don't get it!
By ButterFlyEffect78 on 8/5/2007 1:20:52 AM , Rating: 2
Oh really' wow I didnt know that sir, tx for sharing that with me. So I guess when CIA was funding alqueda during the cold war with soviet union is that also what you call a democracy? If you only knew how deep the rabbit hole goes you'd be pissin in your pants my friend. The education in this country doesnt teach you all the stuff most people learn in 3rd world countries how our government operates. But im sure you going to reply denying the fact that CIA had never funded the terrorist group that was responisble for 9/11. Go ahead you troll. Im waiting for your answer so i can laugh out of my arsehole.

RE: I don't get it!
By theteamaqua on 8/5/2007 3:36:07 AM , Rating: 2
yeah the CIA example u gave is an example of government corruption + secrecy which is what bush is doing right now.. now as for this whole illegal alien thing its all about the big corporations, thats what was gonna say .. bush is working for the big corporations .. havent u figure that out?? iraq war profited haliburton , black water, caci, and obvious arm dealers such as boeing, lockhead martin, colt ... its big business.. a missile costs coupel million bux. the pat tillman cover up is just as bad as gonzo gate.. illegal government spying program .. i dont know why there r still what 26% of people support bush... iraq war was unconstitutional, only congress can declare war, not the president... oh and dont get me started on the cheney is neither executive branch nor part of congress.

when illegal aliens come here they work for 10 bux a day with no health care, no benefit what so ever... its a helluva cheaper than american worker... and yes bush is helping the big corporations to get cheap labor thats why he ally with democrats for the "immigration reform" which luckily was defeated...

RE: I don't get it!
By theteamaqua on 8/5/2007 3:42:41 AM , Rating: 2
why do u think rumsfeld shook hands with saddam then 20 years later we invaded them??

saddam was nothing more than a pawn to defeat iran, but he failed to do the job and invaded kuwait which was a big mistake for him.

and need i remind u that wer still in a war that costs what 12 billion dollars a month and bush decided to cut tax?? this is not good for the country, obvious good for everyone who gets tax break.... that money could have been invested in health care , raod, fix bridges , educations ....

RE: I don't get it!
By ButterFlyEffect78 on 8/6/2007 12:05:01 AM , Rating: 2
Well said.

It just pisses me off when the sheep call me a troll and fail to understand the actual point im trying to make. I see no reason callin me a racist bcuz I provided my opinion based on real and unbiased facts.

Ergo,crossing a boarder from mexico to united states is illegal and those who are already here need to get the fcuk out. I'm not saying that they do NOT have a right to be here but please do it according of the law based under our constitution. But of course that doesnt matter anymore since our dumb president no longer believes in a such thing. Our president is a traiter to all american people and should be triad for treason.

Most people think CIA is like a police precent. I look at is no different then Alqueda. Both are funding each other to take control of a certain land wherever that might be. And they do this by force, murder, whatever it takes to win their need to make profit. Iraq is a perfect example as you put, Iraq had NOTHING to do with 9/11 and even our president admited this and also said on TV that he doesnt give a flying fcuk where osama is. hehe

I'm a proud american who would die for this country, but I would never care to join the millitary and risk my life for corporations like haliburton just for profit. As a matter of fact, haliburton funds a group of special force called black water, and these guys kill without blinking, they are a bunch of cold blooded mercenaries who are known to even kill our own soldiers and civilians just to cause further support of this war. I suggest most of you in here who only care about computers to put some time in real life events bcuz if u dont u wont have nothing to write about if another great depression comes. Wake the fuk up children.

PS. Even donald trump called bush the worst president in american history and that he's the reason why we're hated all around the world. He said this on CNN LIVE broadcast, he specificly said that he travled to many countries and everyone looks at us as terrorists, go figure. And don't forget about the intergration of mexico and canda to follow soon around 2011. Thats the year when New world order will take effect. North american union is to blame for this. Goodbye all and god bless.

RE: I don't get it!
By theteamaqua on 8/6/2007 3:49:17 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah I dont think the CIA funded Al Qaeda, I'm pretty sure that your talking about Taliban. CIA gave Taliban some RPGs/ guns to fight the Russians during the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Today's friend will become tomorrow's enemy. Many people started to think that we are the new Roman Empire. But anyway we are fighting Al Qaeda, Taliban, Sunni and Shiite there over Iraq. Umm, I am not sure but i think Shiite dont like Taliban and Al Qaeda thats why couple months ago there was this "enemy of my enemy is my friend" thing to arm Shiite, not sure if its still going on.. Even though those Shiite do want to shoot Americans. So why would anyone wanna arm them??

I do believe that we should have invaded Afghanistan where Bin Laden was. Not that matters, as Iran will be next. The next Republican President will find a way to invade Iran eventually...

And I think the whole Iraq war was about private contractor's profit, such as Haliburton. Its also about oil, Iraq has the world's what? 2nd or 3rd largest oil reserve. Its to ensure oil for the oil companies.

Yeah wakey wakey people, oil companies are not energy company they only know how to get and sell oil , they dont give a crap about "renewable energy" or "clea energy".

RE: I don't get it!
By deeznuts on 8/6/2007 2:58:04 PM , Rating: 1
I hate to respond to this post, but I'm going to ignore everything else and comment on

Alright, his just one of the mexican rich billioaires. Even the richest man today is a mexican, yeahh you've heard me, its no longer bil gates

Good job smarty pants, you're at least half smart ... err lets just make it half right. This guy is that mexican you are talking about. Slim is the richest guy in the world, and I'm surprised the article didn't mention that. Microsoft bias maybe? ;)

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