Certainly, every single Lebanese has now read or heard about the fact
that Lebanese descendant Carlos Slim Helu has topped the
Forbes.com  magazine "Top 20 richest people" and took over the
number 1 billionaire chair!
Bill Gates no longer is #1, Slim is
After Bill Gates being the richest man on earth for 13 years, he didn't
make it to the #1 of that chart since 2008, and for the past 3 years, a
new man has been found as richest man, every year, for which this
year, it is Carlos Slim.
Lebanese like to claim everything
We, Lebanese, tend to brag and make a big fuss every time a Lebanese
makes it abroad. To appreciate Lebanese people who made
it is essential, it is important to give homage to those who got their start in Lebanon,
received Lebanon's support throughout their lives and finally made it, i.e. Elie
Saab and many others.
Carlos and his dad, depended on themselves only
But to come and claim pride and sense of accomplishment from Carlos
Slim is plain illogical in my opinion. We can't be proud as
Lebanese... with all due respect to every Lebanese out there. You see,
originally Carlos' dad , Julian, went to Mexico when he was only 14
(in 1902), and by 26 he was net worth 40$ million!
His dad and him, made it on their own. Carlos slim has lived all his
life in Mexico, I think he doesn't even know how to speak Arabic.
Disclaimer: I definitely respect and admire this man for making a
fortune and making it to the Forbes list in the very recent years, moreover to
finally top it only after a couple of them, that's one hell of a
business man. Just read his bio!
 Forbes: http://www.forbes.com/2010/03/09/worlds-richest-people-slim-gates-buffett-billionaires-2010-intro.html
 Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carlos_Slim