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
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."
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.