Forbes released their yearly Most Powerful People list on Wednesday, including five Latinos from abroad but none from the U.S.
Carlos Slim came in at number 11 on the list, but is number one when it comes to wealth. The richest man in the world made his astonishing $72 billion fortune in Mexico’s telecom industry but hasn’t stopped there. Slim also owns mining and real estate companies and a stake in the New York Times. This year he added soccer to the mix, buying Mexico’s Leon and Pachuca clubs and Spain’s Real Oviedo, according to Forbes.
The only female among the group of Latinos is Dilma Rousseff, the president of Brazil. She runs the world’s sixth largest economy, has emphasized entrepreneurship and is about to be the beneficiary of the coming World Cup and Olympic Games.
Controversial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is 48th on the list after winning re-election in a closely-contested fight. While he won a fourth term and six more years to develop some of the world’s largest proven oil reserves, Chavez also continues to fight pelvic cancer.
Right after Chavez on the list is Sebastian Piñera, Chile’s president. He stands out as a head of state who is a billionaire economist and entrepreneur. He made his fortune through credit card giant Bancard and is halfway through his four-year term.
A pair of men from Mexico were the next two Latinos on the list, but they are on polar opposite sides in the tug of war for the heart of Mexico.
Enrique Peña Nieto, the country’s recently-inaugurated president came in at 54. Part of his job will be fighting the power and influence of “El Chapo” Joaquin Guzman Loera, the world’s most dangerous drug trafficker. The billionaire criminal is responsible for thousands of deaths and many of the illegal narcotics imported to the U.S. from Mexico. For his part, Peña Nieto has indicated that he will focus less on the drug war and more on violence and kidnappings. Either way, the interests of these two men will be at odds.