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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)

    It is time to reflect on what we learned in 2015 and what we can achieve in 2016.
  • Foto del blog "Let’s Heed the Call of the Future"

    Let’s Heed the Call of the Future

    I recently had the honor of presenting my thesis for my Honoris Causa doctorate to Autonomous University of Guadalajara President Antonio Leaño Reyes, together with other members of the university community. I was also honored with the presence of Jalisco Governor Aristóteles Sandoval.
  • Foto del blog "A young voice against populism"

    A young voice against populism

    I often comment on the dangers that democracy faces from frequent bouts of populism, encouraged by the recurring failures of the existing political systems. This has been coupled with a global economic crisis from which we have yet to emerge. In Latin America, people naturally feel overwhelmed by permanent austerity and a lack of opportunities to achieve better living standards.
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    Fundación Azteca El Salvador

    The arrival of Fundación Azteca in El Salvador is cause for celebration. With the launching of Fundación Azteca, different programs will be promoted to create awareness on social and ecological problems, in addition to encouraging the development and sustainability of the society of this Central American country in which we have been working for many years and where we have been made to feel at home.
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    “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s”

    Here are some quick reflections on a book on the life of Julius Caesar, one of the most important figures in history. Some of the lessons from this man, who dictated a good part of global political, economic and military actions in the 1st century BC, are still valuable today.
  • Foto del blog "2010, Year of Recovery and Consolidation of our Businesses"

    2010, Year of Recovery and Consolidation of our Businesses

    With the end of the old year and the beginning of the new, it's always worth stopping a minute to reflect on the environment, our strategies, actions, and results.
  • Foto del blog "End of the Year message to my colleagues and coworkers at Grupo Salinas (2010)"

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

    The past few years have been complicated. The crisis that emerged with the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008 wiped out millions of business around the world and increased unemployment figures across the global.
  • Foto del blog "Ciudad de las Ideas and the Origins of the Future"

    Ciudad de las Ideas and the Origins of the Future

    Grupo Salinas is a proud sponsor of Ciudad de las Ideas, a thinkers’ forum that is making its mark alongside the TEDs and the Aspen Ideas Festivals of the world.
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    What we learned from Iniciativa México

    On Sunday November 7, Iniciativa México (IMx), the effort by society and the media to help those who help the most, came to an end.
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    Our Freedom

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    You only have to walk or drive along a large avenue to be aware of the large amount of advertising billboards that jump out at you. Unfortunately, most of them are merely decorative displays since the consumer’s mind is unable to remember them. In contrast, a few remain engraved in consumers’ consciousness. This represents the difference between a successful brand name and one that fails. Why?
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    Ten Key Rules to be Successful in Business

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    Innocent’s Dream

    Some people can make decisions and create institutions that continue to impact society long after they are gone. Lotario de Segni, better known as Pope Innocent III (1160-1216) and main contributor to Canon Law, was one of these people, as a man who forged the path of a Catholic Church that was at the point of disintegrating.
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    Bicentennial (4): Education, human capital is most

    The most important form of wealth is human capital, specifically, knowledge, effort, talent, intelligence… this is the only thing that counts.
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    What does it feel like to be a “billionaire?”

    Last week Forbes magazine published its famous list of ‘billionaires’. Very often when this list is published, I have been asked, what does it feels like to be a billionaire?
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    Thank you for helping child burn victims

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    The Snowball

    Many of you probably know of Warren Buffett as one of the two richest men in the world. However, more interesting are his personality and philosophy regarding business and markets.
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    2009, A Year of Challenges and Achievements

    It’s worth taking a few minutes to reflect on what we did in Grupo Salinas in 2009. It was a year of enormous challenges, but we shouldn’t forget that we also had important achievements.
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    Year End Message to Grupo Salinas Employees (2009)

    The phrase from the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, a thinker who is not quoted much these days, summarizes what transpired in 2009.
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    Raising company productivity is vital in a globalized world. A particularly important methodology I want to share today is called Kaizen, which means “change to improve” in Japanese.
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    Good Neighbors

    Globalization has come to stay, and at Grupo Salinas, we firmly believe in the economic integration of our continent. We think this is the only valid response to an increasingly competitive world. In fact, with operations in nine different countries of Latin America, we are investing enormous resources in heading up this trend.
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    One of my favorite reads in 2008 was "The Art of Prudence" by Baltasar Gracian, a distinguished member of the Society of Jesus during the 17th century. Published in 1647, this is a book that stands the test of time even though its literary style is completely baroque.
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    The Energy Monopoly

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    Lessons from Circuit City

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    This post is closely related with the last two, where I spoke of teamwork and Asabiyah. When navigating in turbulent waters, it is important to trust the person at the helm of the ship. The current crisis is largely due to a lack of effective leadership in the major economies; and we witness new examples every day.
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    Our work system has two parts: the foundation and exercising the Three Circles, of which I will speak about on another occasion.
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    One of the values that guides our activities in Grupo Salinas is teamwork. It is an important value since we have set high goals and need the coordinated efforts of all to achieve them. Teamwork multiplies our productivity, creates value when tasks are carried out that complement each other, and contributes to the development of all.
  • Foto del blog "Year-End Message to Coworkers at Grupo Salinas (2008)"

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

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    A City of Ideas

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    Economic Freedom in Crisis

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    Quick and Simple

    On June 4, I wrote about “The Tipping Point, a book by Malcolm Gladwell. Today, I’m going to talk about another one of his books, Blink, which refers to one of the fundamental values of Grupo Salinas: quick and simple.
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  • Foto del blog "Money: A Means or an End in Itself?"

    Money: A Means or an End in Itself?

    At the presentation I made two weeks ago to Tec students, the candidness with which a student asked me if an entrepreneur’s motivation should be money really caught my attention.
  • Foto del blog "Returning to My Alma Mater"

    Returning to My Alma Mater

    On April 10, I was swept up in the enthusiasm of more than a thousand potential young entrepreneurs. I must admit that for a few seconds it crossed my mind to skip this meeting because the day before I had been in Colombia and was still suffering from a cold. However, my commitment to young people, especially at my alma mater on same the campus where my son Benjamín studied, was more compelling than my discomfort.
  • Foto del blog "The Profitability of Microfinance"

    The Profitability of Microfinance

    A debate is raging worldwide today about whether microfinance should be profitable or not. Personally, I believe that profitability is vital for the survival and growth of this development instrument.