Carlos Slim was awarded for his Leadership in Philanthropy by President Bill Clinton, at the Sixth Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards.
September 24, 2012. Nueva York, NY.

Press Release

President Clinton to Honor Six Recipients at the Sixth Annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards
September 24, 2012

Ugandan LGBT rights activists, business and philanthropy leaders, and 14-year old social entrepreneur to be recognized for outstanding contributions

Seal, Joshua Bennett, Angelique Kidjo, and K'NAAN to perform, with special appearances by Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Lt. Governor of California Gavin Newsom, Matt Damon, Rosario Dawson, Donna Karan, Eva Longoria, Bebe Neuwirth, and June Sarpong

NEW YORK – Tonight, President Bill Clinton will honor recipients at the sixth annual Clinton Global Citizen Awards in New York City in a ceremony featuring performances by recording artists and appearances by heads of state and celebrity philanthropists. The Clinton Global Citizen Awards recognizes individuals from various sectors who demonstrate visionary leadership in addressing global challenges. Carlos Slim Helú, founder of Fundación Carlos Slim; Luis A. Moreno, president of Inter-American Development Bank; Denis O'Brien, chairman and founder of Digicel Group; Pepe Julian Onziema, programme director and advocacy officer of Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG); The Right Reverend Christopher Senyonjo, executive director of St. Paul's Reconciliation and Equality Centre; and Katie Stagliano, founder and chief executive gardener of Katie's Krops, will accept awards this year.

"The work being done by this year's honorees is nothing short of extraordinary," said President Clinton. "Tonight I'm proud to honor two Ugandans who risk their lives to secure basic human dignities many of us take for granted, three leaders whose contributions have positively impacted communities across the Caribbean and Latin America, and a social entrepreneur on pace to take my job before she turns 16. These are some truly amazing folks. They embody the spirit of CGI and inspire us all to be more responsible citizens of the world."

President Clinton will host the ceremony to be held from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. and air on in October. Actress Bebe Neuwirth will emcee the show that features performances from Grammy Award-winning singer Seal, slam poet Joshua Bennett, Grammy Award–winning Beninoise recording artist Angélique Kidjo, and Somali-Canadian rapper K'NAAN. Haiti Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, Lt. Governor of California Gavin Newsom, Matt Damon, Rosario Dawson, Donna Karan, Eva Longoria, and June Sarpong will also make appearances in honor of the recipients.

The honorees were nominated by a collection of CGI members and global leaders and selected for their visionary leadership, demonstrated impact, and sustainable and scalable work in solving global issues. Recipients were chosen from government, civil society, the private sector, and the philanthropic community.

The Clinton Global Citizen Awards will be held on the second night of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, which convenes more than 50 current and former heads of state and hundreds of business and civil society leaders to come up with innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.

Leadership in Philanthropy

Carlos Slim Helú, founder, Fundación Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim Helú founded Grupo Carso in 1965. In 1982, in the middle of Mexico's debt crisis, Slim Helú decided to invest heavily and actively. He made diverse investments and acquisitions in different sectors, including industry, construction, consumer products, hospitality, mining, and retail and financial services. In 1990, Grupo Carso acquired five percent of Telmex in partnership with SBC and France Telecom, and in 2001, Slim Helú spun off Telmex's cell phone unit to create America Movil. He continues to be active in business, although his primary focus is on education, health, and employment in Mexico and Latin America. Slim Helú's foundations have been instrumental in growing the human, cultural, and economic capital of Mexico, and he has personally supported more than 165,000 young people in attending university, paid for numerous surgeries, and provided equipment for rural schools. Last year, he opened the Soumaya Museum, which has been visited by more than one million people.

Actress Eva Longoria handed over the Clinton Global Citizen Award to Mr. Carlos Slim Helú because of his leadership in philanthropy.
Photo: Adam Schultz/Clinton Global Initiative

Photo: Adam Schultz/Clinton Global Initiative

Photo: Adam Schultz/Clinton Global Initiative

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