Ten Richest Crime Lords of All Time

The big names in the criminal world made so much money from their dark and illegal work that they sometimes ran out of place to hide them. But no matter how much money they earn, they have to leave it all in this world and pass on to great beyond. Here are 10 crime bosses who have made big bucks so far:

10. Al Capone: Al Capone, the American gangster who ran the Chicago Mafia, made most of his money during prohibition. By 1929, Capone's income from the various aspects of his business included: $60 million from illegal alcohol, $25 million from gambling establishments, $10 million from vice, and another $10 million from various other rackets. It is claimed that Capone was employing over 600 gangsters to protect his business from rival gangs. Based on inflation, Al Capone's net worth based on his empire would be worth about $1.3 billion today.

9. Amado Carillo Fuentes: Fuentes is considered to be the second richest drug-related criminal, after Pablo Escobar. He was head of the Juárez Cartel of Mexico and became so after killing his boss. His nickname was "El Señor de Los Cielos" ("The Lord of the Skies") due to his large collection of aircrafts, which included 22 Boeing 727 jets that he used to transport cocaine. He was estimated worth was around $25 billion. He was found dead after a long plastic surgery. The surgeons were also found dead inside steel canisters that were buried in concrete.

8. Anthony Salerno:  Anthony Salerno, also known as "Fat Tony" for his size, was one of the top mob bosses in New York. As the boss of the Genovese crime family, known as the "Ivy League" of organized crime, Salerno started making a fortune through gambling, loansharking, and protection rackets as a young man. Anthony Salerno's net worth is estimated at $600 million and was famous for always wearing a fedora and smoking a cigar. In 1986, Salerno was ranked first by Fortune magazine in the list of "The 50 Biggest Mafia Bosses."

7. Dawood Ibrahim: Dawood Ibrahim is a drug trafficker and mobster who has been accused of orchestrating the Mumbai bomb blasts in 1993. Starting off as a small-time hustler, he has now become a global player in the terror network and is wanted in India with a reward of $25 million. His sphere of organized crime is referred to as the D-Company.

6.El Chapo: A Mexican drug lord, El Chapo was considered the most powerful drug trafficker in the world at his peak as leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. It's estimated El Chapo smuggled more drugs such as cocaine, meth, heroin, and marijuana into the U.S. and Europe than any other drug lord, doing so by using distribution cells and long-range tunnels.

5. Frank Lucas: Frank Lucas, a drug kingpin from Harlem, was best known as the "Original Gangster" with a unique business model. He would procure heroin directly from opium king Khun Sa in Vietnam, and reportedly hide it in the coffins of American soldiers that were then flown from Vietnam to the United States. When it comes to calculating Frank Lucas' net worth, he was supposedly making $1 million a day at the peak of his business and had an estimated $52 million stashed away in the Cayman Islands.

4. Griselda Blanco: Griselda Blanco, also known as the "Black Widow" or "Cocaine Godmother," is perhaps the most famous female gangster, who was a drug lord for Pablo Escobar's Medellin cartel in Colombia. Reports claim that Griselda Blanco's net worth was $2 billion at her peak.

3. José Figueroa Agosto: Puerto Rican drug lord José Figueroa Agosto is said to have amassed millions from his drug racketeering. He rose in the ranks of his criminal organization after killing a driver who allegedly stole a shipment of cocaine.  After being caught and convicted for the murder, he was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison. However, he walked out of prison with a forged order of release. Agosto's organization was controlling 90% of the drug traffic from the Dominican Republic to Puerto Rico during its peak. He was released from prison in March 2020 after serving a sentence of 10 years.

2. Semion Mogilevich: As an economics graduate, Semion Mogilevich has a diversified portfolio. His financial crimes include wire fraud, drug trafficking, mail fraud, prostitution, money laundering, contract killings, weapons trafficking, and securities fraud. He is considered to be the boss of all the bosses of all of the Russian mafias. His criminal empire is thought to be vast and far-reaching and he is considered to be one of the most dangerous men in the world. His net worth is estimated to be $10 billion.

1. Pablo Escobar: Pablo Escobar controlled the majority of the cocaine in Colombia and built his wealth by flooding the U.S. market with the drug. Forbes named Escobar one of the richest men in the world seven years in a row.  By 1987, Escobar controlled an estimated 40% of the Medellin drug cartel's business.

In 1989, based on public records, Forbes valued his net worth at $3 billion.  Clearly, this was a very conservative estimate, considering he offered to pay off the national debt of Colombia, which stood at $10 billion at the time. Pablo Escobar is considered the richest gangster of all time, with his peak net worth estimated at $30 billion.

REACT THIS CONTENT