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March 1, 2008

Members and owners of family businesses are among the wealthiest people on the planet. Families in Business takes a look at the wealthiest top 10 and analyses how they came to be there

1. Carlos Slim Helú (pictured) is the head of Telmex, a Mexican telecommunications empire that he runs with his sons. He is the world's richest family business owner with a fortune, worth an estimated $60 billion, that surpasses even that of Bill Gates. Slim's father was a Lebanese immigrant who started a dry-goods store in 1911. Slim made his first fortune in 1990 when we bought Telmex from the Mexican government.

January 18, 2008

Li Ka-shing, head of family-owned conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, has topped a new list of the 40 wealthiest people in Hong Kong with an estimated fortune of $32 billion.

Li Ka-shing (pictured), head of family-owned conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, has topped a new list of the 40 wealthiest people in Hong Kong with an estimated fortune of $32 billion. Li's wealth has soared from $22 billion last year due to rising property prices, which has lifted the development industry to new heights.

Many other families firms also feature in the list, which has been published by Forbes. Raymond, Thomas and Walter Kwok, the brothers who own development firm Sun Hung Kai Properties, came in second with $24 billion.

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