The world’s second-richest man, Mexican media tycoon Carlos Slim, has purchased a 6.4% stake in the New York Times Company. He says the buy was a purely financial—not strategic—move, but analysts say he may be positioning himself to make a play for the Gray Lady, reports Bloomberg. A Slim spokesman describes the struggling newspaper company as a “an attractive value,” adding, "The door is always open to assess whether we will buy more.''
"He either wants to own it outright or try to steer it in a different direction,'' an analyst tells Bloomberg. "The issue is the Sulzberger people not wanting to give up control.'' Another says Slim may be betting on a third party acquisition: "He might be playing it for someone else to take it out.'' The purchase makes Slim the third largest shareholder outside the Sulzberger family.