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Was That a Pledge?

By Tom Watson on September 28, 2007No Comment

As they discussed public-private partnerships in Latin America yesterday, the world’s richest man said something that I don’t think has been picked up on anywhere else. Carlos Slim Helu, chairman of the board of Grupo Carso SA and reputed to be the wealthiest person on earth, was talking about commitments from the private sector when he said this:

"Be sure that when I pass away I will not take anything with me."

Was it a prelude to a Warren Buffett-like decapitalization toward philanthropy? Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria didn’t follow up, but the Financial Times recently noted Slim’s acceleration of his philanthropy during an interview.

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