MEXICO CITY (Reuters Life!) - The eldest son of tycoon Carlos Slim, the world’s richest man, will marry this weekend in a lavish celebration expected to include fellow magnates, politicians, sports stars and hundreds other guests.
Carlos Slim Domit, the 43-year-old car racing enthusiast and one of the apparent heirs to a fortune of over $50 billion, will wed Maria Torruco, the daughter of a Mexican tourism entrepreneur and grandchild of a well-known actress.
The reception, originally planned to take place at Slim’s new art museum, part of a complex being built for an initial investment of $750 million, will be held instead at an upscale Mexico City hotel, a source familiar with the event said on Wednesday.
Slim Domit, nicknamed “el Charal,” or ‘the Minnow’ for his slender frame, heads the board of Telefonos de Mexico, Mexico’s top fixed-line phone provider.
Two brothers of Slim Domit’s five siblings also occupy senior posts in companies controlled by their father, who climbed to the No. 1 position in Forbes’ list of wealthiest businessmen this year, beating out for the first time Microsoft founder Bill Gates and iconic U.S. investor Warren Buffett .
Also on the initial guest list are Spain’s former Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez, a long-time friend of the Slim family, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, a heir of Italy’s fashion apparel powerhouse Benetton and Buffett himself.
Despite expectations for a posh party, the bride and groom registered for wedding gifts at Sears, part of Slim’s retail group, requesting presents ranging from a kitchen bowl set worth about $2 to a $3,360 ice-making machine.
Reporting by Cyntia Barrera Diaz; editing by Missy Ryan and Patricia Reaney