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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 "The Good, the Bad and the Wealthy"

    The Good, the Bad and the Wealthy

    I have recently come across several reports where an internationally recognized NGO expressed its concern over increased inequality in Mexico, citing that in 20 years, the wealth of the 25 wealthiest families grew from $US25.00 billion to US$142.90 billion. In my opinion, the way in which these articles were written makes us think that for some strange reason, "being rich is bad". I think that this is not a message that leads to greater prosperity.
  • Foto del blog "Poverty and Inequality"

    Poverty and Inequality

    Poverty and inequality are undoubtedly two different things, but people still often confuse them. What's the worst of the two options? Surely, poverty, and we should concentrate efforts in combating it. If we manage to do so, many other social problems will be resolved and we will have a more prosperous society.
  • Foto del blog "Keep the Greek Debacle From Spreading"

    Keep the Greek Debacle From Spreading

    In July 2011 I published a blog entry entitled "Greek Lessons," where I described the terrible plight and noted that financial discipline is always important, but especially so in the public sector given the danger of excessive government spending.
  • Foto del blog "Thank you for cleaning up Mexico!"

    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.
  • Foto del blog "Collateral Damage"

    Collateral Damage

    Last Sunday, in broad daylight, the Egyptian armed forces attacked a group of tourists who were travelling in the western part of the country. At least 12 Mexicans and Egyptians were killed and ten others were injured after the military launched a lightning air attack on the travelers.
  • Foto del blog "Limpiemos Nuestro México 2015: Register Your Brigade!"

    Limpiemos Nuestro México 2015: Register Your Brigade!

    The relationship between companies, society, and government is more necessary today than ever, since success in business and the development of society mutually reinforce each other. This follows the principle of "shared value," namely that prosperous companies create prosperous communities and vice versa.
  • Foto del blog "The United States Doesn’t Need a Bigger Wall"

    The United States Doesn’t Need a Bigger Wall

    Despite numerous and complex bilateral issues, Mexico is an important strategic partner for the United States. Likewise, the United States is without a doubt key for the Mexican economy. This is easily forgotten when representatives of the most backward sectors of both countries express their views in the media. Nonetheless, a few key pieces of data illustrate the importance.
  • Foto del blog "TED 2015: Sensory Substitution"

    TED 2015: Sensory Substitution

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend the TED 2015 conference. As soon as the videos are uploaded on the TED website, I will share my views on my favorite talks in a series of entries.
  • Foto del blog "The war on drugs has failed; it’s time to move on"

    The war on drugs has failed; it’s time to move on

    Last week Reuters published this op-ed worldwide that I am sharing in this blog. Since this is a controversial subject it should be approached with honesty and involve our greatest thinkers on this delicate issue, especially in light of recent events.
  • Foto del blog "Improving Our Electoral System"

    Improving Our Electoral System

    Following Mexico’s recent midterm elections, here are a few thoughts.It seems that many people are pleased that the campaigns have come to an end. And it’s not because they are necessarily satisfied with what the campaigns or the results; but rather because the merciless bombardment of radio and television ads has finally come to an end. The slew of radio and television spots is the most annoying expression of an electoral system that no longer makes sense.
  • Foto del blog "Winning Mindset"

    Winning Mindset

    In recent university talks on leadership and cultural change, I have emphasized mental constructions that have become formidable obstacles on the road to economic development.
  • Foto del blog "Esperanza Azteca reaches the White House"

    Esperanza Azteca reaches the White House

    The White House, the official residency of the President of the United States, is a venue where very few musicians have had the privilege to showcasing their talent. A group of children from Esperanza Azteca did just that on May 5 during the celebration of Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla, 153 years ago.
  • Foto del blog "Our social commitment in 2014"

    Our social commitment in 2014

    Today, companies have become true vehicles of social change, since in addition to creating jobs and wealth, they are an important medium for transforming the communities in which they operate.
  • Foto del blog "Revealed Memory: a Graphic Reflection on Our History"

    Revealed Memory: a Graphic Reflection on Our History

    On April 29 we inaugurated the exhibit entitled Revealed Memory: The Emergence of Archaeological Photography in the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso. The exhibit features the work of French artist Claude Désiré Charnay (1828-1915), and for the first time brings together a selection of his photographs. These were the first photographs shot at archaeological sites in Mexico.
  • Foto del blog "The Great Degeneration"

    The Great Degeneration

    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 on, because "a journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step."
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    Limpiemos Nuestro México: Strength is in our unity

    January 24 was a very important day for us. We concluded the 2013 Limpiemos Nuestro México cleanup campaign and held the corresponding awards ceremony. I can say that after five years of intensive work we are beginning to see concrete results.
  • Foto del blog "Time to help"

    Time to help

    We have focused the 77th Movimiento Azteca fundraising and awareness campaign to direct resources to the affected communities through the Mexican Red Cross and Nacional Monte de Piedad. At the same time, Fundación Azteca is providing purified water to those left homeless by the floods.
  • Foto del blog "A Case for Cultural Change"

    A Case for Cultural Change

    Today is Teachers' Day in Mexico and it’s a good time to share a series of ideas that a friend and advisor, David Konzevik, presented during a conference on Mexico’s future, where he highlighted education of our youth as the cornerstone.
  • Foto del blog "Fundación Azteca El Salvador"

    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.
  • 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 "Let's change the world, an acorn at a time"

    Let's change the world, an acorn at a time

    A few years ago, my father shared with us, his children, the history of someone who wanted to change his environment, acorn by acorn. This is a story that teaches us that we all can considerably improve our world, step to step, without expecting either material assistance or applause.
  • Foto del blog "What we learned from Iniciativa México"

    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.
  • Foto del blog "Our Freedom"

    Our Freedom

    Caminos de la Libertad es uno de los proyectos clave de Grupo Salinas. El propósito de este esfuerzo es promover la reflexión sobre la libertad. Parece algo muy sencillo y, sin embargo, es difícil y valiente en estos tiempos.
  • Foto del blog "2010 National Silver Award"

    2010 National Silver Award

    On September 9, through the Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas (Grupo Salinas Cultural Promotion fund), we had the honor of once again granting the Hugo Salinas Price National Silver Award, in recognition of the work and creativity of the most outstanding silversmith artisans.
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    Movimiento Azteca against hunger

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    Casa de la Amistad

    On May 20, Fundación Azteca held a very special Movimiento Azteca fund raising drive. With Ps$22.49 million raised this time, medical attention will be provided to at least 702 children suffering from cancer.
  • Foto del blog "For the Second Time: Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico!"

    For the Second Time: Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico!

    On February 22 Fundación Azteca announced the launching of the second Let’s Clean Up Our México campaign. We have launched this campaign because we feel that our country urgently needs a change in habits, and to do so requires the participation of all: society, institutions and companies. With this in mind, we would especially like to highlight the support of the Environment and Natural Resources Ministry and the Public Education Ministry.
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    Thank you for helping child burn victims

    Since 2004, Fundación Azteca has been collaborating with the Fundación Michou y Mau, an organization that helps children suffering from severe burns and that facilitates specialized medical attention for them. Since that time, there have been five Movimientos Azteca campaigns that have helped more than 7,000 children who were unfortunate victims of terrible accidents
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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.
  • Foto del blog "Again, Drawing a Tomorrow"

    Again, Drawing a Tomorrow

    It hurts to imagine a six-year-old girl seeking safety on the street to escape violence at home. The home that her family denied her was offered to her by our audience.
  • Foto del blog "Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico"

    Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico

    Last March 25, I shared here my general view about monopolies and more specifically about the energy monopoly. Today, I want to write about another monopoly that affects our pocketbooks.
  • Foto del blog "Helping Children with Cancer"

    Helping Children with Cancer

    A few months ago, I had the opportunity to participate at a panel along with C.K.Prahalad, autor of the book The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid.
  • Foto del blog "What Moves the Movimiento Azteca? "

    What Moves the Movimiento Azteca?

    To help someone in need is not only one’s duty, but also brings happiness, the Cuban thinker José Martí is credited as saying. For Fundación Azteca it has been a great pleasure to do our small part to improve the quality of peoples lives.
  • Foto del blog "Who Helps the Red Cross?"

    Who Helps the Red Cross?

    October 2 was a very special day for Grupo Salinas. Movimiento Azteca collected the impressive sum of Ps$110.5 million, which will be used by the Mexican Red Cross to buy 221 new ambulances.
  • Foto del blog "If you don’t donate your organs, would you accept one to save your life?"

    If you don’t donate your organs, would you accept one to save your life?

    On August 21, we held a Movimiento Azteca in support of the National Transplant Foundation (FUNAT)). Thanks to the hard work of the participants and the generosity of thousands of Mexicans, more than Ps$10 million were raised. The money will be used for 125 kidney transplants, more than three times the original goal.
  • Foto del blog "Hunger"


    Many of us do not know what Hunger —with a capital H— is.
  • Foto del blog "Plantel Azteca"

    Plantel Azteca

    Plantel Azteca is one of the Grupo Salinas projects I am proudest of. Thinking that a youngster with any kind of social background can hope to receive the best education if he or she applies him/herself makes me think that Mexico can have a bright future.
  • Foto del blog "Thanks for Your Support to Children with Cerebral Palsy"

    Thanks for Your Support to Children with Cerebral Palsy

    Last Thursday, June 19, Fundación Azteca concluded its Movimiento Azteca for children suffering from cerebral palsy. Once again, we surpassed our five-million-peso goal and raised Ps$11,550,000. With the money raised, 462 children will receive specialized rehabilitation treatment for a year through APAC and 19 affiliate organizations. This represents a real change in the lives of these children and their families.
  • Foto del blog "20 Million Thanks"

    20 Million Thanks

    Last May 15, the 44th Movimiento Azteca raised funds for young burn victims