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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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  • Foto del blog "What’s Wrong With Wealth?"

    What’s Wrong With Wealth?

    My advisors assure me that defending millionaires is unpopular and politically incorrect. Nevertheless, the issue at hand is not about defending millionaires or billionaires in a senseless class struggle. Something greater is at stake, namely, the future that we envision.
  • 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 "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 "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 "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 "Criminalizing poverty"

    Criminalizing poverty

    I would like to share my article published by the dailies El Financiero and El Horizonte of Monterrey on this blog. I hope you will find it interesting.
  • 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.
  • Foto del blog "Tough Transport"

    Tough Transport

    Our motorcycles are the toughest nevertheless I dont advise you to ride them like this...
  • 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 "Globalized Populism and Interest Rates"

    Globalized Populism and Interest Rates

    What irony! Globalization gives everybody an edge, even populists, do-gooders, and social-justice activists. These groups now announce the “failure of the capitalist system worldwide.”
  • Foto del blog "The Monopoly of Money Issuance"

    The Monopoly of Money Issuance

    “Reach Perfection, no one is born that way. Perfect yourself daily, both personally, until you become a consummate being, rounding off your gifts and reaching eminence. Signs of the perfect person: elevated taste, a pure intelligence, a clear will, ripeness of judgment. Some people are never complete and are always lacking something. Others take a long time to form themselves. The consummate person – wise in speech, prudent in deeds – is admitted to, and even desired by, the singular society of the discreet.”
  • Foto del blog "The Energy Monopoly"

    The Energy Monopoly

    t is very sad to see that Mexico has become dirty, neglected and strewn with garbage. Those of us who live here have to do something urgently. And we’re going to: next May 31st in the Limpiemos Nuestro México (Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico) campaign we’ve launched jointly with the SEMARNAT
  • Foto del blog "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid"

    The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid

    A few months ago, I had the opportunity to participate on a panel alongside C.K.Prahalad, author of 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 "Corporate Governance "

    Corporate Governance

    The global crisis shows us that the issue of corporate governance is key for the economy’s well being. Personally, I have been involved for at least fifteen years in a heated debate with several Wall Street movers and shakers on this issue. It should be explained that, ironically, what we knew as “Wall Street” has ceased to exist, due, to a large extent, to problems related to corporate governance.
  • Foto del blog "A Solid Bank "

    A Solid Bank

    Banco Azteca celebrates six years of serving its clients, and in the course of doing so has become one of the most important and solid banks in Mexico.
  • Foto del blog "Motorcycle Diaries "

    Motorcycle Diaries

    The motorcycle, or the ‘bike as many call it, has great potential in Mexico.
  • Foto del blog "Hunger"


    Many of us do not know what Hunger —with a capital H— is.
  • Foto del blog "What Should Be Done About the Billion People Trapped in Poverty?"

    What Should Be Done About the Billion People Trapped in Poverty?

    One of the most outstanding presentations at TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design), an annual forum of ideas I attended this year, was “4 Ways to Improve the Lives of The Bottom Billion”
  • Foto del blog "Globalization and Human Capital"

    Globalization and Human Capital

    In a globalized world, it is natural and desirable for all resources to flow freely: capital, goods, technology and people. Truly liberal minds do not question this principle. However, in the United States, there is a disturbing trend to try to blame the current economic crisis on immigrants, particularly Hispanics, as this Wall Street Journal article cautions.
  • Foto del blog "Poverty From Another Angle"

    Poverty From Another Angle

    A fundamental step toward reversing conditions of underdevelopment is rethinking concepts and trying to understand our complex reality: looking at things from a new point of view.
  • Foto del blog "A Lesson from Benjamin Franklin"

    A Lesson from Benjamin Franklin

    Benjamin Franklin is remembered, among many other things, for having said that in banking you don’t earn the interest until you get back the capital.
  • Foto del blog "High Tech and High Touch"

    High Tech and High Touch

    Benjamin Franklin is remembered, among many other things, for having said that in banking you don’t earn the interest until you get back the capital. It’s a very simple idea. However, given the state of banking in Franklin ’s home country and its global impact, perhaps bankers should remember his words more often.
  • Foto del blog "More about Brazil"

    More about Brazil

    We know that Brazil is a gigantic market with an enormous low-end segment that opens up the possibility of doubling the size of Grupo Elektra operations. It is an opportunity we sought out, an opportunity that is there, and we have already taken the first step. But it will be a long journey and the challenges are enormous. We have to know the market thoroughly, adapt our systems and products, and hire and train thousands of people, to name a few of the challenges.
  • Foto del blog "Cell Phones and Poverty"

    Cell Phones and Poverty

    I like to think that Grupo Salinas’s specialty, in addition to bringing more competition to different markets, is offering tools for progress to create a solid middle class. The modern world opens up big possibilities for this.
  • 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.