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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 "The Latent Dangers of Artificial Intelligence"

    The Latent Dangers of Artificial Intelligence

    I recently listened to a TED talk by Nick Bostrom, a Swedish philosopher who, among other things, specializes in the dangers of super-intelligence, which is the increasing possibility that an artificial creation possesses more intelligence than any human. Experts in artificial intelligence have yet to reach a consensus on when this dream –or nightmare- will happen. Let's take a look.
  • 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 "We Deserve a Safe, Just, and Prosperous Mexico"

    We Deserve a Safe, Just, and Prosperous Mexico

    The main function of the State is to ensure the safety of its citizens. This has been reiterated by philosophers, jurists, and political scientists through history. Unfortunately, insecurity in Mexico has grown significantly in the past decade.
  • Foto del blog "Attitudes and trends of the new consumer "

    Attitudes and trends of the new consumer

    In difficult times, we are increasingly seeing more examples of what my friend David Konzevik has called the expectation revolution.
  • Foto del blog "Cloud Schools: an educational revolution"

    Cloud Schools: an educational revolution

    Some time ago I began to write a monthly article for Newsweek en Español and one of my first pieces dealt with educational innovation, a favorite topic. - See more at: http://www.ricardosalinas.com/blog/blog.aspx#sthash.FqFkXUZE.dpuf
  • 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 "Las drogas, ¿un problema de salud pública?"

    Las drogas, ¿un problema de salud pública?

    Drugs, a public health problem?
  • 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 "You cannot hide the obvious"

    You cannot hide the obvious

    In this editorial, the Washington Post reminds us of the source of the powerful weapons acquired by organized crime.
  • Foto del blog "ZAG"

    ZAG

    You only have to walk or drive along a large avenue to be aware of the large amount of advertising billboards that jump out at you. Unfortunately, most of them are merely decorative displays since the consumer’s mind is unable to remember them. In contrast, a few remain engraved in consumers’ consciousness. This represents the difference between a successful brand name and one that fails. Why?
  • Foto del blog "Immigration: we need bridges not walls"

    Immigration: we need bridges not walls

    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to participate in a forum on immigration at Georgetown University, speaking before students who will probably be members of the U.S. diplomatic corps.
  • Foto del blog "Casa de la Amistad"

    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 "Innocent’s Dream"

    Innocent’s Dream

    Some people can make decisions and create institutions that continue to impact society long after they are gone. Lotario de Segni, better known as Pope Innocent III (1160-1216) and main contributor to Canon Law, was one of these people, as a man who forged the path of a Catholic Church that was at the point of disintegrating.
  • Foto del blog "A tree is born from a small seed: Thank you for helping to clean up Mexico"

    A tree is born from a small seed: Thank you for helping to clean up Mexico

    Millions of Mexicans have participated in the second year of the Limpiemos Nuestro México campaign. There are plenty reasons to do so: starting with the thousands of places around the country were garbage is dumped.
  • 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.
  • Foto del blog "Thank you for helping child burn victims"

    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
  • Foto del blog "2009, A Year of Challenges and Achievements"

    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 "Bicentennial (2): The Mexican Revolution - What are we celebrating? "

    Bicentennial (2): The Mexican Revolution - What are we celebrating?

    In publishing this entry, I run the risk that the ‘Mexican Politburo could demand my exile or something worse, but sometimes it is worthwhile to expose myths in order to affect a a change in mentality. I am sure that there are thousands of us today who think this way.
  • Foto del blog "Good Neighbors"

    Good Neighbors

    Globalization has come to stay, and at Grupo Salinas, we firmly believe in the economic integration of our continent. We think this is the only valid response to an increasingly competitive world. In fact, with operations in nine different countries of Latin America, we are investing enormous resources in heading up this trend.
  • Foto del blog "Slide:ology"

    Slide:ology

    No, it’s not a mistake. The title of this entry is taken from a book written by Nancy Duarte: Slide:ology, The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations.
  • Foto del blog "Some Thoughts About the Influenza"

    Some Thoughts About the Influenza

    For those who love to promote the U.S. system of financial market regulation, copy their laws down to the last comma, and lynch anybody who doesn’t agree, I would recommend they read this article. I’m curious to see how they will justify it in the columns they write and the lectures they give: do whatever you have to but, please, don’t blame Internet.
  • 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 "Exponential Times"

    Exponential Times

    I received a video by e-mail that is worth seeing.
  • Foto del blog "A City of Ideas "

    A City of Ideas

    Why do some companies survive crises while others don’t? Why are some economies more successful than others? The answers undoubtedly have to do with the capacity of each individual and of each organization to generate new ideas and solutions to increasingly complex problems.
  • Foto del blog "Freedom in Doubt"

    Freedom in Doubt

    A few days ago I had the pleasure of participating in the awards ceremony for the “Caminos de la Libertad” (Roads to Freedom) essay contest that Grupo Salinas organized for the third consecutive year.
  • Foto del blog "More About the Billion People Trapped in Poverty"

    More About the Billion People Trapped in Poverty

    Vladimir Lenin called those who helped him expand his ideology throughout the Western world “useful idiots.” According to Paul Collier, those who say they are working to eradicate poverty, but at the same time come out against free trade among poor and rich countries and favor unconditional transfers [of resources] to poor governments, are simply idiots.
  • 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 "About the Importance of Freedom"

    About the Importance of Freedom

    Last week I attended the eleventh anniversary of the program “La Entrevista con Sarmiento” (The Interview with Sarmiento). During the show, Sergio confessed to being a liberal, at the same time that he talked about the importance of freedom. He said that “the essence of human beings is their freedom.” I can find no other phrase as substantial to underscore the importance of the topic.
  • Foto del blog "Making Ideas Stick"

    Making Ideas Stick

    Evolution has designed human beings to survive in a group. Communicating our ideas effectively is essential for our existence.
  • Foto del blog "The Cobbler’s Children Go Unshod"

    The Cobbler’s Children Go Unshod

    Last May 20, in “Diagnosis and Transformation of a Continent”, I talked about the prospects for Latin America in the context of the expansion of Grupo Elektra throughout the continent. Today, I will write about our closest neighbor in the region, to the north. Once again, for those who like numbers, I included a comparative graph about Latin America and a brief presentation to illustrate my arguments. So, I will only add a graph and table to this entry.
  • Foto del blog "The Tipping Point"

    The Tipping Point

    It is important to understand social epidemics in today’s modern world. An interesting point of reference for this topic is The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell.
  • Foto del blog "Reinvent Your Life Every Day"

    Reinvent Your Life Every Day

    Innovation is an essential concept for getting ahead in business. In Japanese philosophy kaizen means learning and continual improvement. This requires leaving your comfort zone and repeating a mantra: “Today better than yesterday, tomorrow better than today!”
  • Foto del blog "U.S. Mortgage Crisis"

    U.S. Mortgage Crisis

    This is one of the best explanations I’ve found for the U.S. mortgage crisis.
  • Foto del blog "Diagnosis and Transformation of a Continent"

    Diagnosis and Transformation of a Continent

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel just ended her first tour of Latin America in Mexico. This is the longest trip she has taken since she took office. Why so much interest in the region? Take a look at this comparative graph of macroeconomic highlights, banking penetration and telecommunications.
  • Foto del blog "The Black Swan"

    The Black Swan

    Two great pleasures in life are enjoying intelligent reading and sharing with others.
  • Foto del blog "World Press Freedom Day: What Are We Celebrating?"

    World Press Freedom Day: What Are We Celebrating?

    The day went by without fanfare on May 3. Since it was the Saturday of a long weekend, many of us didn’t even realize that it was the day the UN had designated in 1993 to call attention to the coercion and violence against journalists.
  • Foto del blog "Money: A Means or an End in Itself?"

    Money: A Means or an End in Itself?

    At the presentation I made two weeks ago to Tec students, the candidness with which a student asked me if an entrepreneur’s motivation should be money really caught my attention.
  • 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 "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 "Returning to My Alma Mater"

    Returning to My Alma Mater

    On April 10, I was swept up in the enthusiasm of more than a thousand potential young entrepreneurs. I must admit that for a few seconds it crossed my mind to skip this meeting because the day before I had been in Colombia and was still suffering from a cold. However, my commitment to young people, especially at my alma mater on same the campus where my son Benjamín studied, was more compelling than my discomfort.
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