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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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    Mises in México (2): Capital and Poverty

    In June I published the first article in this series. Recall that Mises arrived in México in 1942 at the invitation of Luis Montes de Oca director of the Bank of México, in order to offer a series of lectures at the National Autonomous University of Mexico on the serious economic problems facing our country.
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    Freedom of Commerce?

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    Economics in a Nutshell

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    What’s Wrong With Wealth?

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    The Newly "Enlightened"

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    The Good, the Bad and the Wealthy

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    Poverty and Inequality

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    The United States Doesn’t Need a Bigger Wall

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    The Panama Canal - Part 2

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    The Panama Canal - Part 1

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    Why Nations Fail?

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    Trust and Money

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    Celebrating 20 Years of Azteca

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    Let’s Support Immigration Reform

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    A Colombian connectivity project

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    Should TV be free?

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    The Wealth of Nations

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    Your Call Is Not That Important to Us

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    Dead Aid

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    2011 was a year of consolidation and growth

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    The good banker

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    Steve Jobs (1955-2011)

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    The Collapse of Complex Societies

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    Greek Lessons

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    The Television "Duopoly"

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    A Stronger Iusacell for Mexico

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    2010, Year of Recovery and Consolidation of our Businesses

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