Who are the Mexican men and women with the most money? According to the Bloomberg Millionaires Index, in its most recent edition of the 500 wealthiest people in the world, the six richest people in the country are the following.
Mexico's richest man, 23rd in the world, controls América Móvil, the largest cell phone operator in Latin America. The Mexico City-based company had revenues of $52 billion dollars in 2019. Slim also has stakes in the New York Times and commercial banks. Through his family's investment vehicle, Grupo Carso, he has stakes in the Mexican construction industry. Slim's net worth is $54.5 billion, with which he can buy: 31.1 million troy ounces of gold and 871 million barrels of crude oil.
Sara Mota de Larrea
Mexico's richest woman, ranked 91st in the world, is the largest shareholder of Grupo Mexico, a publicly-traded conglomerate. The company's mining division, which has operations in the United States, Mexico, Peru, and Spain, reported revenues of $10.7 billion in 2019. Its other businesses include a Mexican railroad operator and an oil drilling company. Mota de Larrea's net worth is $20.2 billion, with which it can buy 11.5 million troy ounces of gold and 323 million barrels of crude oil.
Ricardo Salinas Pliego
Salinas Pliego, Mexico's third-richest person, 152 worldwide, is president of Grupo Elektra, a conglomerate with revenues of 119 billion Mexican pesos (6.1 billion dollars) in 2019. In addition, he owns Banco Azteca, a Mexico City-based retail and lending group. The billionaire also owns shares in broadcaster TV Azteca and sold half of the mobile operator Iusacell for US$1.7 billion in 2015. Salinas Pliego's net worth amounts to 13.5 billion dollars, with which he can buy 7.68 million troy ounces of gold and 215 million barrels of crude oil.
Baillères, the fourth richest person in the country, 282nd place globally, controls Industrias Peñoles, a metals producer operating in Latin America. The Mexico-based company was the world's largest producer of refined silver in 2019 when it had revenues of $4.5 billion. His other investments include stakes in Grupo Palacio de Hierro and Coca-Cola bottler Femsa. This businessman's net worth amounts to 9.17 million dollars, with which he could acquire 5.23 million troy ounces of gold and 146 million barrels of crude oil.
German Larrea, the fifth richest person in the country, 307th in the world, is the president of Grupo Mexico. The billionaire also controls Grupo Cinemex, a Mexican movie theater chain. Larrea has a net worth of 8.34 billion dollars, with which he could buy 4.75 million troy ounces of gold, as well as 133 million barrels of oil.
Juan Beckmann Vidal and his family
Beckmann Vidal, sixth richest Mexican, 326th globally, is chairman of Becle, a publicly-traded holding company that controls Jose Cuervo, the world's largest tequila maker. His family is the largest shareholder in the Mexico City-based company, which reported revenues of $1.6 billion in 2020. They also own Proximo Spirits, a Mexican alcohol distributor. The net worth of Beckmann Vidal and his family totals $7.95 billion, with which they could buy 4.5 million troy ounces of gold and 127 million barrels of crude oil.