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Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, buys a house in Manhattan

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Carlos Slim's Manhattan Townhouse

Carlos Slim's Manhattan Townhouse

It looks like Mexico’s Carlos Slim (the world’s richest person worth $60 billion) is doing a bit of shopping in New York City!

He has just bought a Fifth Avenue townhouse for $44 million at 1009 Fifth Avenue with the sale closing on July 21 2010. The townhouse is located at East 82nd Street across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and apparently is the only private mansion left on Fifth Avenue.

Although only 27 feet wide the townhouse boasts 20,000 square feet of space and stands six stories tall.
The house previously belonged to the family of Doris Duke, and has been known as the Duke-Semans mansion, was owned by descendants of the original owner, tobacco magnate Benjamin N. Duke, until 2006.

The mansion was sold at that time for $40 million – then a record sale in the city – to Tamir Sapir, a former cabdriver who made a fortune in Russian oil and is now a real-estate investor and developer.

In June of this year, Slim bought another New York City property, paying $140 million for an 11-story office building at 417 Fifth Avenue. Recently, Slim also became a major investor in the New York Times.

So much for New York. Now what is Carlos Slim up to in Mexico? His company, Grupo Frisco, is digging for gold in Mexico, taking advantage of gold prices that touched a record last month while awaiting a broader economic rebound. Slim, whose fortune is mainly in Mexico’s telephone company, has been in the mining business for more than two decades.

Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim

Meanwhile, here in Mexicali, the city is getting spruced up with upscale restaurants, serving great meals of steak, and pasta. One, La Piazza, has a chef who worked in Portofino, Italy.

In the last two years, we have noticed new buildings and restaurants in Mexicali. Who knows if any of them belong to Carlos Slim? In any event, the residents are pleased as they too, get to enjoy the gourmet delights that Mexicali has to off

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