Ricardo Salinas

Ricardo Salinas

Aspen Institute Trustee, President and CEO, Grupo Salinas

Ricardo B. Salinas is one of Latin America’s most outstanding entrepreneurs and man convinced of the enormous potential of his country, Mexico.

Salinas is the founder and CEO of Grupo Salinas, a conglomerate of some of Mexico’s most prominent companies in the banking, specialized retail, electronic media, telecommunications, content production, insurance, and retirement fund management sectors, among others. Grupo Salinas currently employs more than 110,000 people in seven countries.

As a public figure, Salinas has focused his efforts on the need to modernize Mexican business practices. He is noted for his focus on free trade, government deregulation, and foreign investment, as well as on improving the quality of management and information technology in Mexican companies.

Ricardo B. Salinas is an active promoter of a true cultural change to achieve an inclusive prosperity that generates well-being for all. To achieve this, he proposes the creation of environments of freedom and innovation, ideas that he promotes through the Ricardo B. Salinas Pliego Center. He also supports various social and environmental initiatives through the Azteca Foundation.

In 2015, the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG) awarded Salinas the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa due to his strong leadership and contribution to the development of businesses in Mexico, the United States, and the Latin American countries where Grupo Salinas companies operate.

Ricardo B. Salinas’ advanced and cutting-edge outlook has received recognition from the most important international business organizations and forums. Through his conferences, Salinas has participated in the World Economic Forum and The Aspen Institute. He has also been a speaker at ‘The Young Presidents’ Organization’, ‘The Economist Roundtable on Mexico’, ‘The Institute of the Americas’, ‘The Harvard Business School’, and the TED forum, addressing topics such as globalization, the benefits of the free movement of people, opportunities at the base of the pyramid, and the benefits of technological change in society.

He also considers it essential to reach out to young people, and has lectured on leadership, immigration, inclusive prosperity, cultural change, and economic freedom at the University of Michigan, Georgetown University, UCLA, Harvard University, Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and Tec de Monterrey technological college, among many other institutions of higher education.

Salinas has one of the most visited business blogs in Latin America (https://www.ricardosalinas.com). His articles have been published in U.S. journals and newspapers such as The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and The Hill and he is a regular columnist in publications such as El Universal, El Financiero, El Economista, El Horizonte, and El Informador.

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