Melanie Stern is a freelance journalist based in the UK.
Carlos Slim, the world's richest man, is the figurehead of a Latin American trend of family businesses ascending to powerful global positions. And many believe that, despite concerns about corruption, this trend will continue if the environment for business improves at the current rate. Melanie Stern analyses the state of play for the region's business families
Population: 39.0 million
GDP (at market exchange rates): $214.3 billion