Mexican billionaire: Israel challenges US leadership in high tech
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Mexican billionaire: Israel challenges US leadership in high tech

Carlos Slim on Bloomberg: ‘You are the leaders in technology but everyone wants to improve’

Carlos Slim Hélu speaking at the opening of the Aldea Digital, Mexico City, Mexico, March 16, 2013. (CC BY ITU Pictures, Flickr)
Carlos Slim Hélu speaking at the opening of the Aldea Digital, Mexico City, Mexico, March 16, 2013. (CC BY ITU Pictures, Flickr)

Israel poses a challenge to the United States in the leadership of the global high technology industry, according to Carlos Slim, a Mexican telecommunications magnate.

“You are the leaders in technology, but there are other countries moving there – China, Israel – and everyone wants to improve,” Slim, 76, said in a TV interview with Bloomberg on Thursday.

Slim is considered one of the world’s 10 richest people, according to Forbes magazine.

The Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates his worth at $48.1 billion — down from more than $55 billion in the days before Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton in the US presidential race sent the peso into a nosedive.

In 2013, Slim topped the list as the world’s richest person for the fourth year in a row. On that same year, he welcomed the late Israeli President Shimon Peres at the largest book fair of the Spanish-speaking world in Mexico, where Israel was the country of honor.

Also in 2013, Slim invested $60 million in the Israeli startup Mobli as part of a partnership with the biggest cellular company in Latin America, American Mobile, which he owned.

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