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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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    Winning Mindset

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    Let’s Heed the Call of the Future

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    We Deserve a Safe, Just, and Prosperous Mexico

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    Clean Energy in Mexico

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    Some thoughts to start the New Year

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    Year-end message for my partners at Grupo Salinas (2013)

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    In Atlas, we play to the limit

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    Sandy Hook

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    Donativo Hormiga: Small steps, big actions

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    Dangerous Ideas

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    Family, Machismo, and Cultural Change

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    Time to Educate

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    Time to help

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    With Movimiento Azteca, we envision a better tomorrow

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    Celebrating 20 Years of Azteca

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  • Foto del blog "Be Prepared!"

    Be Prepared!

    A few weeks ago I had the privilege of personally meeting and spending time with his Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. The King was in Mexico from April 24 to 27 to participate in the meeting of the World Scout Foundation, of which he is Honorary Chairman.
  • Foto del blog "Today We Have a Much Cleaner Mexico"

    Today We Have a Much Cleaner Mexico

    On May 26, more than 7.5 million people in 150,104 brigades participated in the fifth Limpiemos Nuestro México (Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico) campaign. In all, we picked up 38,152 tons of trash, taking back our public spaces.
  • Foto del blog "Let's Ditch the Excuses and Clean Up Our Mexico"

    Let's Ditch the Excuses and Clean Up Our Mexico

    For the past few weeks, we have enthusiastically begun promoting the Limpiemos Nuestro México (Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico) 2013 campaign. This is the fifth year of a campaign that brings together public and private institutions as well as society in general.
  • 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 "Freedom and Youth"

    Freedom and Youth

    We recently held an awards ceremony for the 4th annual Caminos de la Libertad para Jóvenes, an event that celebrates the youthful expression of freedom. I’m proud of this program because it fosters reflection on freedom among youth throughout the Americas. This past year we received 1,866 entries from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, the United States, Guatemala, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela.
  • Foto del blog "Five Years"

    Five Years

    It's been five years since my first blog post. From the start, my intention has been to create a forum to share ideas and a particular vision of business, the economy and technology. And of course, foment debate.
  • Foto del blog "The Importance of Leadership"

    The Importance of Leadership

    Grupo Salinas has grown significantly in the last twenty years. From operating exclusively in the retail business, we have expanded to telecommunications, television, banking, insurance and pension fund administration, among many other industries. Added to all of this is our active participation in social action projects.
  • Foto del blog "The Juguetón Toy Drive"

    The Juguetón Toy Drive

    Launched in 1994, the Juguetón drive was one of our first social projects and by now has become one of Grupo Salinas most distinctive corporate social responsibility campaigns.
  • Foto del blog "Year-end Message for My Collaborators in Grupo Salinas (2012)"

    Year-end Message for My Collaborators in Grupo Salinas (2012)

    The year 2013 will mark the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of the worst financial crisis in eight decades, and the world continues to pay the price for the negligence of many irresponsible politicians and unscrupulous bankers.
  • Foto del blog "Murdering hope at Sandy Hook"

    Murdering hope at Sandy Hook

    It seems that we, the society, have become accustomed to the ever increasing uncontrollable violence all over the continent, but on this occasion it hurts me just to read the news. How long can we continue to tolerate so much destruction of life? How many more children have to die before we act?
  • Foto del blog "Investing in our youth"

    Investing in our youth

    This blog often touches on business, management, corporate governance and the importance of creating a prosperous society. Today I’m going to refer to a very different type of investment, whose maturity is linked to the expectation of a bright future for our country, namely, children.
  • Foto del blog "Lessons behind a choice"

    Lessons behind a choice

    In this life we must learn from all sorts of experiences, both personal as well as from others. I just returned from a trip to the US, and the recent presidential election in that country offers us different lessons we must take into account to improve our growing democracy.
  • Foto del blog "Creation of shared social value"

    Creation of shared social value

    Since the beginning of the 20th century, companies have been part of our culture and, like family, government or religion, they have become one of the institutional pillars of modern society.
  • Foto del blog "The future belongs to Latin America"

    The future belongs to Latin America

    A few weeks ago I gave a namesake lecture at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC, on the future of Latin America.
  • Foto del blog "Freedom to communicate, a fundamental right"

    Freedom to communicate, a fundamental right

    Ideas make us unique; as human beings we define ourselves by them. However, they have little impact if we lack the ability to communicate. For example, if we did not have the ability to convey the scientific achievements we have obtained over the centuries, it would be impossible to accumulate the knowledge that we have gained.
  • Foto del blog "Movimiento Azteca awareness and fund raising campaign for the Red Cross"

    Movimiento Azteca awareness and fund raising campaign for the Red Cross

    Two weeks ago, Fundación Azteca organized a Movimiento Aztecaawareness and fund raising campaign for the Mexican Red Cross, as it does every year. Personally, I am very pleased to contribute to this noble institution, due to the tremendous impact that its work has on our society and the impressive commitment of those who work with the Red Cross.
  • Foto del blog "The value of what we are: the 2012 National Silver Award"

    The value of what we are: the 2012 National Silver Award

    At Grupo Salinas, we have promoted since 2001 the preservation and dissemination of Mexico’s cultural heritage through Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas. With this initiative, we have developed a number of projects that create social value in partnership with selected institutions and one of the projects that has taken on great significance is precisely the National Silver Award, named after my father, Hugo Salinas Price.
  • Foto del blog "The Rational Optimist"

    The Rational Optimist

    Blessed by an interesting and diverse professional career, Matt Ridley, whose claim to fame is as a zoologist, banker, journalist, and expert on evolution, is an author worth getting to know. In his latest book, The Rational Optimist, he invites us to adopt a positive view of the world, human capacity and global trade. According to Ridley, mankind has developed an unmatched capacity to resolve its most pressing challenges. Still the same, the pessimists have dominated the discussion of the most important global issues over the past 200 years. However, since Thomas Malthus, they have all failed in their forecasts.
  • Foto del blog "A Single Movimiento Fundraising Campaign With 32 Different Causes"

    A Single Movimiento Fundraising Campaign With 32 Different Causes

    At Grupo Salinas we take pride in the value of generosity. This inspires us to support projects that provide the means and tools for the development of those in need.
  • Foto del blog "Kybernus: Leadership matters"

    Kybernus: Leadership matters

    Today is the last day for election campaigning, but beyond the flood of advertising spots that people have suffered through, and given a complex environment such as the one we face -characterized by economic crisis, insecurity, lack of trust by citizens toward the authorities, etc.- the question of social and political leadership has become crucial. But why is it so important? Lets take a look.
  • Foto del blog "Give away drugs?"

    Give away drugs?

    Readers of my blog and those who have attended my lectures know that I have often voiced the need to consider a change of strategy in the fight against drugs. The current approach to eradicate the production, distribution, and consumption of drugs is not working because it ignores the economic forces at play. I ask: where are the economists, these supposed experts in supply and demand? Their silence is very convenient.
  • Foto del blog "Hear to listen to the music of life"

    Hear to listen to the music of life

    Thanks to Fundación Azteca, our viewers, and institutions that contributed to this Movimiento Azteca campaign, we collected 7,900,000 pesos, exceeding our initial goal of raising 5,000,000 pesos. As a result, the Fundación Starkey will donate 8,000 high-quality hearing aids to 4,000 children with hearing problems from low-income families.
  • Foto del blog "The Truth Will Set Us Free"

    The Truth Will Set Us Free

    The most important human value is freedom. But freedom can be gradually lost. This is why I admire youth from all classes who today are taking to the streets to defend freedom with elation, enthusiasm, courage, and respect for their fellow citizens (we have seen isolated cases that reflect the opposite, but they are not worth mentioning).
  • Foto del blog "The debate and soccer"

    The debate and soccer

    In the past few days what some have called the "debate about the debate" has taken place. I think its worth explaining my position on this matter, beyond a simple "tweet" and the speculations that have been emerged as a result.
  • Foto del blog "Rockefellers creed"

    Rockefellers creed

    In one of my recent trips to New York City I had the opportunity to see this plaque located at Rockefeller Center. I think it is very worthwhile to share this creed, and to reflect on the values of freedom with full responsibility that it conveys.
  • Foto del blog "Lets Consider a Change"

    Lets Consider a Change

    Today I am in the beautiful city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, where I have the honor of participating in the CEO Summit of the Americas 2012, which is taking place in the framework of the VI Summit of the Americas, attended by the main heads of state and government of the hemisphere.
  • Foto del blog "Movimiento Azteca supports Mexican artisans"

    Movimiento Azteca supports Mexican artisans

    We recently held the 66th Movimiento Azteca fundraising and awareness campaign together with Nacional Monte de Piedad and the Veracruz and Chiapas state governments to support Fundación Arte-Sano. This is the first time we have worked with this organization, which supports the production and marketing of handicrafts in indigenous communities through fair trade practices.
  • Foto del blog "Learn from your mistakes"

    Learn from your mistakes

    La semana pasada estuve en Long Beach para Last week I was in Long Beach to attend the TED conference. Most of you are familiar with TED. It’s an organization dedicated to spreading revolutionary ideas to improve our world. There were several conferences that stood out, and I’ll soon post some blogs on them.
  • Foto del blog "Thanks to you, today we have a cleaner Mexico"

    Thanks to you, today we have a cleaner Mexico

    On Sunday, February 26, more than six million people organized into 120,000 brigades, joining together for the fourth consecutive year of our Limpiemos Nuestro México campaign to clean up our public spaces. This is a monumental effort that brought together federal government agencies, civic organizations, businesses, and society in general.
  • Foto del blog "Let’s Ditch the Excuses and Clean Up Our Mexico"

    Let’s Ditch the Excuses and Clean Up Our Mexico

    For the past few weeks, we have enthusiastically begun promoting the Limpiemos Nuestro México (Let’s Clean Up Our Mexico) 2013 campaign. This is the fifth year of a campaign that brings together public and private institutions as well as society in general.
  • Foto del blog "The telco monopoly costs Mexican families US$1,000 per year"

    The telco monopoly costs Mexican families US$1,000 per year

    Iusacell was recently notified of the Federal Competition Commission’s (COFECO) refusal to authorize its request for Grupo Televisa’s equity investment in this telecommunications company.
  • Foto del blog "2011 was a year of consolidation and growth"

    2011 was a year of consolidation and growth

    As I have mentioned in previous entries, this past year was difficult for the global economy. Nevertheless, thanks to your efforts, I can say that Grupo Salinas has met success once again. Now is a good moment to reflect on the environment, our strategies, actions and results; a moment to take stock of what we have achieved together in each of our businesses and socially oriented projects.
  • Foto del blog "New Years Message to my colleagues at Grupo Salinas (2011)"

    New Years Message to my colleagues at Grupo Salinas (2011)

    Quiero agradecer a cada uno de mis colaboradores, y a sus familias, el esfuerzo, talento, profesionalismo y entrega que han demostrado a lo largo de 2011: gracias a ustedes Grupo Salinas es un grupo empresarial fuerte, bien organizado, diversificado y con una creciente presencia geográfica.
  • Foto del blog "The Criollos in the Mirror"

    The Criollos in the Mirror

    One of my biggest passions is Mexican history. Every time I learn more about this topic, I realize that our history is neither linear nor simple, nor Manichean, as some politicians would have us believe.
  • Foto del blog "Understanding and defending freedom"

    Understanding and defending freedom

    El pasado 25 de noviembre tuvimos el placer de celebrar la libertad en torno a los ganadores del sexto concurso de ensayo de Caminos de la Libertad. Estuvimos acompañados de un gran novelista y pensador que ha construido su obra en torno a la idea de la libertad: Mario Vargas Llosa.
  • Foto del blog "102 ambulances for the Mexican Red Cross"

    102 ambulances for the Mexican Red Cross

    No quiero dejar pasar la ocasión para comentar en mi blog que Movimiento Azteca en su edición número 65, convocó a la sociedad para apoyar a la Cruz Roja Mexicana, con una gran respuesta: el 29 de septiembre, miles de mexicanos demostramos una vez más la solidaridad que nos caracteriza, haciendo nuestra aportación para una causa que salvará miles de vidas.
  • Foto del blog "Points and counterpoints on organized crime"

    Points and counterpoints on organized crime

    There is considerable material circulating on the Internet regarding organized crime. I was especially drawn recently to two specific items. On the one hand, an alleged interview, whose authenticity has been questioned, of a nebulous Brazilian crime boss known as Marcola and on the other, a conference and interview with Edgardo Buscaglia, an international expert and consultant for the UN. It is worth reviewing this material with an open mind and a very critical eye.
  • Foto del blog "Steve Jobs (1955-2011)"

    Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

    I have shared my thoughts on leadership in several of entries. With his history and experiences, Steve Jobs embodied many of these reflections on this crucial issue.
  • Foto del blog "Lessons learned in 2064 years"

    Lessons learned in 2064 years

    Hablando de líderes, Marco Tulio Cicerón (106 a.C. - 43 a.C.) fue un estadista en todos los sentidos: buen orador, hábil escritor, filósofo, historiador, jurista y político. Fue Cónsul de la República Romana y compartió el poder con Cayo Antonio Hybrida.
  • Foto del blog "The Project of a Nation"

    The Project of a Nation

    En diversas ocasiones he comentado que, al navegar en aguas turbulentas, es fundamental confiar en quién lleva el timón. Después de la peor crisis financiera global en un casi un siglo, hoy los mares siguen picados.
  • Foto del blog "Opening up technologies, bridging gaps"

    Opening up technologies, bridging gaps

    Este Movimiento lo dedicamos por primera vez a la tecnología aplicada a la educación. Gracias al apoyo de nuestra audiencia logramos reunir P$59,100,000 que se emplearán para adquirir equipos de cómputo en beneficio de más de 17 millones de niños en áreas rurales y marginadas en Aguascalientes, Campeche, Puebla, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa y Yucatán.
  • Foto del blog "What can you do for Mexico?"

    What can you do for Mexico?

    Muchas cosas negativas ocurren en nuestro país. A los medios de comunicación nos tachan de amarillistas y somos criticados si las señalamos; pero si no lo hacemos, nos tildan de encubridores.
  • Foto del blog "Imagining a future for street children"

    Imagining a future for street children

    Una de nuestras causas principales en Fundación Azteca es la niñez, de ahí nuestro esfuerzo constante por atender los distintos problemas que enfrenta, especialmente cuando está expuesta a la doble vulnerabilidad de la pobreza y las enfermedades.
  • Foto del blog "The Collapse of Complex Societies"

    The Collapse of Complex Societies

    Se habla mucho sobre catástrofes naturales, extinción de recursos naturales, invasiones, o los malos manejos de los gobiernos como causas de la decadencia de muchas civilizaciones destacadas –me vienen a la mente las distintas teorías sobre el colapso de los mayas, por ejemplo, donde una simple búsqueda en Google nos ofrece múltiples resultados.
  • Foto del blog "Our Youth Should Dream Big"

    Our Youth Should Dream Big

    Education is a necessity of modern civilization for acquiring knowledge, as well as developing skills, working in teams and expanding intelligence.
  • Foto del blog "Ciudad Juarez, more than a border"

    Ciudad Juarez, more than a border

    On June 13, I shared the exciting Esperanza Azteca concert in Ciudad Juarez with you through Twitter. The 222 boys and girls of the orchestra and choir have taken the first step toward a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
  • Foto del blog "Thanks once again for cleaning up our Mexico"

    Thanks once again for cleaning up our Mexico

    Thanks to all of you, the third edition of the Limpiemos Nuestro México (LNM) cleanup campaign was a great success, which we can all share and enjoy. About 3,312,000 people organized in 82,500 brigades participated, and together collected 17,000 tons of garbage in four hours. This effort received the support and participation of 40,000 schools, the Environmental Ministry (SEMARNAT), the Public Education Ministry (SEP), and Grupo Bimbo. With this, we have shown that it is possible to transform our environment, and in addition, the LNM campaigns are a great opportunity to display leadership and show our love for Mexico.
  • Foto del blog "Thanks for your comments.  Here are some ideas"

    Thanks for your comments. Here are some ideas

    I do not usually respond directly to questions submitted through the comments section, but here we have an exception. Given the importance of the industry, I think it’s worth clarifying some issues that were brought up in response to the previous blog entry, where the existence of a television "duopoly" was questioned.
  • Foto del blog "The Television "Duopoly""

    The Television "Duopoly"

    whether in fact there really is a television duopoly in Mexico. It’s clear that in terms of the viewer audience in over-the-air, free television, TV Azteca and its main competitor Televisa have captured a considerable share of the total. However, this is the result of large investments in coverage, talent, and programming that corresponds to viewer preferences, something that not even the government, with all the resources at its disposal, has been able to successfully duplicate.
  • Foto del blog "On Mother’s Day…"

    On Mother’s Day…

    Ward Howe reminded us that women have the responsibility of shaping societies. Mothers inculcate values in their children from the onset and educate. Their role is very important for the development of children and as a group, women are strategically important for the country’s future.
  • Foto del blog "For the Children of Mexico"

    For the Children of Mexico

    On March 25, more than five million pesos were collected. Thanks to these resources, the Centro de Cirugía Especial de México (CCEM) will attend to 171 children who need surgery to correct different deformities.
  • Foto del blog "A Stronger Iusacell for Mexico"

    A Stronger Iusacell for Mexico

    I’m very excited about the news that Grupo Iusacell has sold a 50% equity stake to Grupo Televisa for US$1.60 billion.
  • Foto del blog "HUMANITREE"


    Education is a recurring theme in this blog. The reason is very simple: human capital is the most important form of wealth. And strengthening it, exalting the talents and capacities of each individual, is the only road to develop our country from the bottom up. This is a feasible goal and we should fulfill it.
  • Foto del blog "The Five Routes of Hernán Cortés"

    The Five Routes of Hernán Cortés

    Fomento Cultural Grupo Salinas (FCGS) recently presented the book “Las cinco rutas de Hernán Cortés” by Juan Miralles, one of the top historians in Mexico.
  • Foto del blog "Can Mexico Trade Guns for Violins?"

    Can Mexico Trade Guns for Violins?

    Sometimes big problems are best solved with lots of small and creative solutions. Fundación Azteca, Grupo Salinas nonprofit arm which provides family support and promotes environmental awareness and social responsibility, has one project that is currently reaching 5,000 youths throughout Mexico: the Esperanza Azteca youth orchestra system.
  • Foto del blog "Movimiento Azteca for Life"

    Movimiento Azteca for Life

    The 60th edition of the Movimiento Azteca fundraising and awareness campaign was held in collaboration with the Instituto Carlos Slim para la Salud and Fundación Inbursa. I’m happy to say that we raised P$8.71 million, which will help 290 low-income patients receive a kidney transplant.
  • 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 "“Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s”"

    “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 "Littering is just plain unacceptable"

    Littering is just plain unacceptable

    For the third consecutive year, Grupo Salinas, through Fundación Azteca, will lead the greatest cleanup campaign in Mexican history: Limpiemos Nuestro Mexico (LNM, which translates to Cleanup Our Mexico). On June 5, we will all have a great opportunity to do something good for our country while we benefit ourselves and our families.
  • 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 "A poem by Kipling, to start the year off"

    A poem by Kipling, to start the year off

    I would like to share this poem by the extraordinary British author/ poet Rudyard Kipling. I hope that reading this poem, written more than 100 years ago, will inspire and prepare readers to face the great challenges of 2011.