Yes, this is true. This month Carlos Slim Helu overtook Bill Gates to become the richest man in the world. This may be a surprise for some but he had been steadily rising up the wealth chart the last 3 years. Mr. Helu is a son of a Mexican shopkeeper and owns multiple businesses in Mexico. This figure just astounds me: His family's holdings represent more than 5% of Mexico's 2006 gross domestic product, and Slim-controlled companies make up one-third of the $422 billion Mexican Bolsa, or stock exchange.
I have a feeling in the coming years you'll start to hear more about important businessmen from other countries as globalization continues to increase. Read the full article from CNN Money.