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Ricardo Benjamín Salinas Pliego es un empresario mexicano, Fundador y Presidente de Grupo Salinas. Es un hombre cuyas convicciones y pensamiento se reflejan claramente en su obra así como en sus actividades empresariales. Es un hombre de familia, forjado en el valor del trabajo, la tenacidad, el esfuerzo y la pasión para alcanzar los sueños. Se considera un optimista nato.

Contador Público por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, cuenta con una Maestría en negocios por la Universidad de Tulane; sin embargo, no cree que los títulos académicos otorguen conocimiento por encima de la experiencia. Desde muy joven desarrolló su instinto empresarial en diversos negocios. Imposible es una palabra que no está en su diccionario.

Lector apasionado de la historia, sus personajes, el arte, la ciencia, la tecnología así como los negocios y finanzas, gusta de compartir sus intereses y no duda en manifestar su opinión sobre diversos temas de interés, como lo hace regularmente en su blog. Sus ideas las ha expuesto el Foro Económico Mundial de Davos, en The Young President’s Organization, The Economist Mexico Business Roundtable, el Instituto de las Américas, la Cámara de Comercio de los Estados Unidos, UCLA, TED, CAP, 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 liderazgo, globalización, gobierno corporativo y las oportunidades en la base de la pirámide.
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    Year-end message to my colleagues at Grupo Salinas (2015)

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    Thank you for cleaning up Mexico!

    Once again, millions of people from throughout the country helped clean up Mexico. On Sunday, September 22, thanks to the participation of 8.8 million people organized in 200,000 brigades, we collected almost 50,000 tons of garbage from streets, squares, parks, avenues, and many other public spaces.
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    Limpiemos Nuestro México 2015: Register Your Brigade!

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    Esperanza Azteca reaches the White House

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    The Great Degeneration

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    Time to help

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    Fundación Azteca El Salvador

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    End of the Year message to my colleagues and coworkers at Grupo Salinas (2010)

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    Ciudad de las Ideas and the Origins of the Future

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    What we learned from Iniciativa México

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    Our Freedom

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    2010 National Silver Award

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    Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico

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    The Energy Monopoly

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    Helping Children with Cancer

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    What Moves the Movimiento Azteca?

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    One More Year of Achievements

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    Year-End Message to Coworkers at Grupo Salinas (2008)

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    A Solid Bank

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    The Only Crisis Consists in not Wanting to Overcome it

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    Who Helps the Red Cross?

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    Freedom in Doubt

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    Customer Focus

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    Reevaluating the World We Live In

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    Quick and Simple

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    Plantel Azteca

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    Making Ideas Stick

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    Reinvent Your Life Every Day

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  • Foto del blog "World Press Freedom Day: What Are We Celebrating?"

    World Press Freedom Day: What Are We Celebrating?

    The day went by without fanfare on May 3. Since it was the Saturday of a long weekend, many of us didn’t even realize that it was the day the UN had designated in 1993 to call attention to the coercion and violence against journalists.
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    Money: A Means or an End in Itself?

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    Poverty From Another Angle

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    Returning to My Alma Mater

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    An Aztec in Brazil

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    An Aztec in Guatemala

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