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Ricardo B. Salinas is one of Latin America’s leading businessmen and a man convinced of the potential of 21st century Mexico as a country capable of determining its own destiny and that firmly struggles to decide what it best needs, openly and democratically, spurred by the strength of its most value capital resource, the talent of its people.

Distinguished by his success in his business endeavors and his innovative capacity, Salinas is also viewed as being a person who is never satisfied with the way things are, who has a desire to change things so that everything can be better. Impossible is a word that is not in his dictionary.

In addition to all his global interests, Ricardo Salinas’ heart is in his home, with his family. His great-grandfather, Benjamin Salinas Westrup instilled his descendants with the values of work, tenacity, effort, and passion to fulfill their dreams, always maintaining the unity of family ties.

Among Salinas’ passions are the fine arts, and he has been a patron of different artistic and cultural endeavors. As a Mexican citizen, Salinas has displayed a deep love for the country’s culture, respect for its people, and a strong conviction in the possibilities of democratic change and economic transformation.

Ricardo Salinas not only has played an outstanding role in the world of business. Since 1997, he has maintained a strong social commitment based on the conviction that people need tools and opportunities to excel. Based on this idea, he created Fundación Azteca, a nonprofit organization that attends to a wide range of social problems. It does so by supporting other organizations with tools and resources to improve the health, nutrition, education, and environment of the communities in which it operates.

Fundación Azteca has touched millions of lives in Mexico and abroad. In 2005, Salinas launched Fundación Azteca America, an organization that is committed to improving the quality of life for the Hispanic community in the United States. The project has expanded to other countries such as Peru, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Recently Fundación Azteca launched the Esperanza Azteca project, establishing children and young people’s orchestras and choirs around the country.

Behind the entrepreneur there is also a man eager to read material on a variety of topics, including science, history, economics, and business. Salinas regularly publishes a blog where he shares his thoughts on corporate, political, economic, and cultural issues. In addition, in his spare time he likes to play golf or poker.

His passion for business was shown at an early age. When he was eight years old he began what would be his long business career with the sale of honey door to door. Today he is the founder and CEO of Grupo Salinas, the conglomerate that brings together some of the Mexico’s leading companies.

Grupo Salinas has its roots in a small family business specializing in manufacturing furniture, founded over a century ago in 1906 by Benjamin Salinas Westrup. Today the Grupo employs over 75,000 people in ten countries and has business divisions in telecommunications, television, the retail trade, and transportation.

Ricardo Salinas’s pioneering vision has received the recognition of the most important business and corporate organizations and forums on an international level. He has participated in the World Economic Forum, in the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Economist Roundtable on Mexico, the Institute of the Americas, UCLA, TED, CAP, the World Economic Forum, the Aspen Institute, The New York Forum, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, and the Harvard Business School. In these forums he usually discusses issues related to globalization, corporate governance, and the opportunities at the base of the pyramid.

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Ricardo B. Salinas Pliego es uno de los principales empresarios de América Latina y un hombre convencido del potencial del México del siglo XXI como un país capaz de controlar su propio destino, que lucha con decisión por lo que le conviene, abierta y democráticamente, impulsado por la fuerza de su capital más valioso: el talento de su gente.

Se distingue por su gran capacidad innovadora y el éxito en los negocios. Es un optimista nato, pero al mismo tiempo, es también un inconforme permanente con deseos de cambiar las cosas para que todo pueda ser mejor. Imposible es una palabra que no está en su diccionario.

Además de sus intereses globales, el corazón de Ricardo Salinas permanece en casa, con su familia. Su bisabuelo, Benjamín Salinas Westrup, inculcó a sus herederos el valor del trabajo, la tenacidad, el esfuerzo y la pasión por alcanzar los sueños, manteniendo siempre la unidad de los lazos familiares.

Entre sus pasiones está el arte, siendo patrocinador de diversas manifestaciones artísticas y culturales. Como ciudadano mexicano, muestra un profundo amor por la cultura, respeto por su pueblo y una fuerte convicción en las posibilidades del cambio democrático y la transformación económica.

Ricardo Salinas no sólo se destaca en los negocios. Desde 1997 mantiene un sólido compromiso social bajo la convicción de que la gente requiere de herramientas y oportunidades para superarse. Con esta idea, crea Fundación Azteca, una organización sin fines de lucro que atiende una diversidad de problemas sociales. Lo hace apoyando a otras organizaciones con instrumentos y recursos para mejorar la salud, nutrición, educación y el medio ambiente de las comunidades en donde opera.

Fundación Azteca ha tocado millones de vidas en México y en el extranjero. En 2005, Salinas lanzó Fundación Azteca America, una organización comprometida con mejorar la calidad de vida de la comunidad hispana en los Estados Unidos. El proyecto ha logrado expandirse a otros países, como Perú, Guatemala y El Salvador. Recientemente Fundación Azteca emprendió el proyecto Esperanza Azteca, integrando orquestas y coros infantiles en todo el país.

Detrás del empresario hay también un hombre ávido por la lectura de diversos temas: ciencia, historia, economía, negocios. Publica regularmente un blog donde comparte sus reflexiones sobre temas corporativos, políticos, económicos y culturales. Además, en sus ratos libres gusta de jugar golf o póquer.

Su pasión por los negocios se manifestó desde muy pequeño, cuando a los ocho años se inició con la venta de miel de casa en casa. Hoy en día es fundador y presidente de Grupo Salinas, el conglomerado que agrupa algunas de las empresas más destacadas de México. Grupo Salinas tiene sus raíces en un pequeño negocio familiar dedicado a la manufactura de muebles, fundado hace más de un siglo, en 1906, por Benjamín Salinas Westrup. Actualmente el Grupo emplea a más de 75,000 personas en diez países, y tiene negocios en los ramos de telecomunicaciones, televisión, retail y transporte.

La visión vanguardista de Ricardo Salinas ha recibido el reconocimiento de las más importantes organizaciones y foros empresariales a nivel internacional. Ha participado en el Foro Económico Mundial, en la Young President’s Organization, The Economist Roundtable on Mexico, el Instituto de las Américas, UCLA, TED, CAP, The World Economic Forum, The Aspen Institute, The New York Forum, Universidad de Michigan, Universidad de Georgetown y la Escuela de Negocios de Harvard, donde usualmente trata asuntos relacionados con la globalización, gobierno corporativo y las oportunidades en la base de la pirámide (BOP).

También puedes encontrar más de Ricardo Salinas Pliego en:
www.ricardosalinas.com
www.ricardosalinas.com/blog

Entries by Ricardo B. Salinas

Attitudes and trends of the new consumer

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 2:50 PM

In difficult times, we are increasingly seeing more examples of what my friend David Konzevik has called the expectation revolution.

Technology is rapidly advancing. There is a phenomenon that Konzevik calls the "knowledge explosion," where new knowledge quickly makes many of the concepts that are part of our daily lives...

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Cloud Schools: An Educational Revolution

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 1:04 PM

Some time ago I began to write a monthly article for Newsweek en Español and one of my first pieces dealt with educational innovation, a favorite topic.

I mentioned that the current Latin America educational system is outdated and does not stimulate creativity.

On my blog I have...

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The Classics and Their Relevance Today

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 4:45 PM

"What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books." -- Sigmund Freud

History is fascinating, but The Classical World by Robin Lane Fox is particularly noteworthy. The book describes a thousand years of human development,...

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The Great Degeneration

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 1:27 PM

Recently, during the awards ceremony of Limpiemos Nuestro México 2013 cleanup campaign, I commented on the importance of collaboration between civil society, government, and companies to resolve serious problems that affect us all. Awareness and action are key to achieving the cultural change that Mexico needs to embark...

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The Zimmermann Telegram

(0) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 7:02 PM

On February 1 we intend to begin submarine warfare without restriction. In spite of this it is our intention to endeavor to keep the United States neutral. If this attempt is not successful, we propose an alliance on the following basis with Mexico: That we shall make war together and...
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Sandy Hook

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 5:54 PM

A year ago, a completely mentally unbalanced man murdered 20 children and six adults in cold blood at Sandy Hook, an elementary school in Newton, Connecticut. His mother was an enthusiastic and irresponsible gun collector.

That day, I could not help but write a short entry on my...

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The Red Queen

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 3:29 PM

It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place - Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

I recently revisited an interesting book by evolutionary scientist Matt Ridley that was the subject of a previous blog. Ridley addresses...

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The Culture Code

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 6:08 PM

In this entry, I will be writing about Clotaire Rapaille's book, The Culture Code. The Culture Code helps us understand the different meanings people unconsciously assign to things. Our different cultures and customs lead us to process the same information differently. This is why the world...

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Family, Machismo, and Cultural Change

(0) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 10:37 AM

Some have followed my thoughts on the cultural change that Mexico needs to unleash development. Specifically, I have made references to a culture of legality, effort, and wealth, values, family and business culture, among others.

On October 21, I spoke on this topic during the

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Trust and Money

(0) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:29 AM

Despite some recent apparent signs of improvement, in the past two years we've had very negative economic news from Europe, particularly from countries such as Spain, Ireland, Greece, Cyprus, Italy, and Portugal. High unemployment, failed banks, fiscal insolvency, and a growing distrust of markets are just a few of the...

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Time to Help

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 1:26 PM

Now is an important time for us here at Grupo Salinas as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Azteca. We were recently accompanied by the President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, whom I would like to thank for his presence and his words directed to the...

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The Culture Code

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 5:21 PM

In this entry, I will be talking about Clotaire Rapaille's book, The Culture Code. The book helps us understand the different meanings people unconsciously assign to things. Our different cultures and customs lead us to process the same information differently. This is why the world has...

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Let's Support Immigration Reform

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 4:45 PM

I recently had the honor to speak on the subject of cultural change at the 12th National Convention of the American Chamber - Mexico. The thrust of my talk was that Mexico and the United States will always share a border and that it's our job...

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Be Prepared!

(0) Comments | Posted June 13, 2013 | 5:54 PM

Happiness does not come from being rich, nor merely being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of...
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A Case for Cultural Change

(4) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 12:47 PM

A few days ago we celebrated in Mexico the Teachers' Day and it's a good time to share a series of ideas that a friend and adviser, David Konzevik, presented during a conference on Mexico's future, where he highlighted education of our youth as the cornerstone.

Beyond structural reforms, in...

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Dead Aid: A Look Into Africa's Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2013 | 2:40 PM

One of my favorite talks from Ciudad de las Ideas was presented by Dambisa Moyo, a brilliant economist from Zambia whose focus on poverty, development, and economic cooperation has been recognized, although not always accepted, throughout the world.

The idea of ​​economic cooperation between rich and poor has its antecedents...

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The Collapse of Complex Societies: Review

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 3:27 PM

"The Roman Empire is paradoxically one of history's greatest successes and one of its greatest failures," said Joseph A. Tainter.

The author seeks to find out what happened to Rome and many civilizations that declined after long periods of splendor in his book, The Collapse of Complex Societies.

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Abundance

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Is it possible that advancing technology will permit us to end poverty, sickness, and other serious problems? According to the book Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think, written by my friend Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler, humanity should prepare itself for an abundant future.

Beyond promises of...

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Curiosity

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 3:27 PM

A few days ago I participated in the 43rd World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. It's always encouraging to participate in this type of forum, even in the conferences that might seem alien to us.

For example, during a talk about current NASA exploration...

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Learn From Your Mistakes

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 5:09 PM

He who suspects that he is always wrong is right on track
Francisco de Quevedo

Almost a year ago I was in Long Beach to attend the TED conference. Most of you are familiar with TED. It's an organization dedicated to spreading revolutionary ideas to improve our world....

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