Tuesday, 10 December, 2019

The 20 richest criminals of all time  


Slide 1 of 21: Whoever said that crime doesn’t pay? These 20 gangsters managed to amass colossal fortunes through drug trafficking and various other crimes. However, in most cases, it wasn’t enough to save their skins.
Whoever said that crime doesn’t pay? These 20 gangsters managed to amass colossal fortunes through drug trafficking and various other crimes. However, in most cases, it wasn’t enough to save their skins.

Pablo Emilio Escobar: $30 billion

Slide 2 of 21: In the ‘80s, the head of the Medellín cartel was the 7th richest man in the world. Drug trafficking certainly paid off for this Colombian until he was shot in 1993.
Note: All currency in U.S. Dollars. Use MSN Currency Converter for help. In the ‘80s, the head of the Medellín cartel was the 7th richest man in the world. Drug trafficking certainly paid off for this Colombian until he was shot in 1993.

Al Capone: $100 million

Slide 3 of 21: This notorious American gangster made his fortune in bootleg alcohol and contraband goods during the prohibition era of the 1920s. Arrested in 1932, Capone served 11 years in Alcatraz.
This notorious American gangster made his fortune in bootleg alcohol and contraband goods during the prohibition era of the 1920s. Arrested in 1932, Capone served 11 years in Alcatraz.

Frank Lucas: $52 million

Slide 4 of 21: From the end of the ‘60s until the middle of the ‘70s, this New York gangster earned up to $1 million per day dealing heroin. During the Vietnam War, Lucas colluded with contacts in the US army to smuggle drugs inside the coffins of soldiers killed in combat. View the photo on Wikimedia Commons
From the end of the ‘60s until the middle of the ‘70s, this New York gangster earned up to $1 million per day dealing heroin. During the Vietnam War, Lucas colluded with contacts in the US army to smuggle drugs inside the coffins of soldiers killed in combat. View the photo on Wikimedia Commons

Amado Carillo Fuentes: $25 billion

Slide 5 of 21: In the ‘90s, “el Señor de los cielos” (“The Lord of the Skies”) trafficked tons of drugs from Colombia and Mexico to the USA. The head of the Juárez cartel came, however, to a sticky end, dying during a cosmetic surgery procedure in an attempt to change his appearance.
In the ‘90s, “el Señor de los cielos” (“The Lord of the Skies”) trafficked tons of drugs from Colombia and Mexico to the USA. The head of the Juárez cartel came, however, to a sticky end, dying during a cosmetic surgery procedure in an attempt to change his appearance.

Bernard Madoff: $820 million

Slide 6 of 21: This American swindler is notorious for cheating thousands of investors through a Ponzi scheme. He’ll have plenty of time to reflect on the consequences of his actions, however. In 2009, he was sentenced to 150 years in prison for extorting $60 billion from his clients.
This American swindler is notorious for cheating thousands of investors through a Ponzi scheme. He’ll have plenty of time to reflect on the consequences of his actions, however. In 2009, he was sentenced to 150 years in prison for extorting $60 billion from his clients.

Viktor Bout: around $6 billion

Slide 7 of 21: Nicknamed “The Merchant of Death”, the world’s biggest arms dealer is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in the USA. This ex-officer in the Soviet Air Forces sold arms in all four corners of the world after the fall of the Berlin wall.
Nicknamed “The Merchant of Death”, the world’s biggest arms dealer is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence in the USA. This ex-officer in the Soviet Air Forces sold arms in all four corners of the world after the fall of the Berlin wall.

Allen Stanford: almost $2 billion

Slide 8 of 21: In 2012, this American billionaire was found guilty of a $7-billion fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice.
In 2012, this American billionaire was found guilty of a $7-billion fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice.

Leona Helmsley: $2 billion

Slide 9 of 21: Whoever said that crime doesn’t pay? These 20 gangsters managed to amass colossal fortunes through drug trafficking and various other crimes. However, in most cases, it wasn’t enough to save their skins.
Leona Helmsley, a.k.a. “The Queen of Mean”, built a property empire with her husband, the real-estate magnate Harry Helmsley. She was sentenced to 18 months in prison for tax evasion in 1992.

Dennis Kozlowski: $600 million

Slide 10 of 21: The ex-CEO of the industrial conglomerate Tyco received a 25-year prison sentence for embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars out of the company between 1999 and 2001. He used the money to finance his lavish lifestyle, buying things like luxury apartments in New York and yachts.
The ex-CEO of the industrial conglomerate Tyco received a 25-year prison sentence for embezzling hundreds of millions of dollars out of the company between 1999 and 2001. He used the money to finance his lavish lifestyle, buying things like luxury apartments in New York and yachts.

José Figueroa Agosto: $100 million

Slide 11 of 21: This famous Puerto Rican drug dealer has been arrested several times. His fortune, however, remains well hidden.
This famous Puerto Rican drug dealer has been arrested several times. His fortune, however, remains well hidden.

George Jung: $100 million

Slide 12 of 21: This cocaine smuggler made his fortune in the ‘80s, trafficking drugs to US shores.View the photo on Wikimedia Commons
This cocaine smuggler made his fortune in the ‘80s, trafficking drugs to US shores. View the photo on Wikimedia Commons

El Chapo: $1 billion

Slide 13 of 21: Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the former head of the Sinaloa cartel, is one of the biggest drug traffickers of all time. The governments of Mexico and the USA plan to share his colossal fortune.
Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the former head of the Sinaloa cartel, is one of the biggest drug traffickers of all time. The governments of Mexico and the USA plan to share his colossal fortune.

Dawood Ibrahim: fortune estimated to be 10 times greater than Osama bin Laden’s

Slide 14 of 21: Currently wanted by Interpol, this notorious Indian criminal may well be laying low in a luxury bunker in Karachi, Pakistan according to media sources. He controls 75% of the world’s heroin trafficking, but has various other business interests including diamonds, gold and real estate.View the tweet
Currently wanted by Interpol, this notorious Indian criminal may well be laying low in a luxury bunker in Karachi, Pakistan according to media sources. He controls 75% of the world’s heroin trafficking, but has various other business interests including diamonds, gold and real estate. View the tweet

Lucky Luciano: $105 million

Slide 15 of 21: Born Salvatore Lucania, this famous Italian-American Mafioso was in charge of a large bootleg alcohol network in the USA. His other criminal activity included heroin trafficking and prostitution. He made history through being the mafia boss who, in 1929, created the National Crime Syndicate to organize crime in the same way as big business.
Born Salvatore Lucania, this famous Italian-American Mafioso was in charge of a large bootleg alcohol network in the USA. His other criminal activity included heroin trafficking and prostitution. He made history through being the mafia boss who, in 1929, created the National Crime Syndicate to organize crime in the same way as big business.

Kenneth Lay : illicit profit of $90 million in 2001 only

Slide 16 of 21: In 2006, the former CEO of the powerful brokerage firm Enron, in Texas, was found guilty of the group's resounding bankruptcy. This fraud led to many thousands of employees and investors getting broke.
In 2006, the former CEO of the powerful brokerage firm Enron, in Texas, was found guilty of the group’s resounding bankruptcy. This fraud led to many thousands of employees and investors getting broke.

Semion Mogilevich: inestimable fortune

Slide 17 of 21: Born into a family of Ukrainian Jews, this gangster – nicknamed “the boss of bosses” – is one of the most dangerous criminals of all time. He might also be one of the richest. In 1970, the Russian became famous for cheating Jewish families who wanted to emigrate to Israel. He later became the head of the Russian Mafia. Some of his most notable crimes included murder, torture, drug and human trafficking, extortion, and money laundering.
Born into a family of Ukrainian Jews, this gangster – nicknamed “the boss of bosses” – is one of the most dangerous criminals of all time. He might also be one of the richest. In 1970, the Russian became famous for cheating Jewish families who wanted to emigrate to Israel. He later became the head of the Russian Mafia. Some of his most notable crimes included murder, torture, drug and human trafficking, extortion, and money laundering.

Meyer Lansky: $100 million

Slide 18 of 21: A Russian-Jewish immigrant, Meyer Lansky lived in Brooklyn. He built up a gambling empire with casinos in Las Vegas, the Bahamas, London and Cuba (under General Batista). A close ally of Lucky Luciano, this gangster was treasurer of the National Crime Syndicate for many years. He died in 1983.View the photo on Wikimedia Commons
A Russian-Jewish immigrant, Meyer Lansky lived in Brooklyn. He built up a gambling empire with casinos in Las Vegas, the Bahamas, London and Cuba (under General Batista). A close ally of Lucky Luciano, this gangster was treasurer of the National Crime Syndicate for many years. He died in 1983. View the photo on Wikimedia Commons

Toto Riina: $125 million of seized assets

Slide 19 of 21: Born in 1930, Toto Riina oversaw a reign of terror in Sicily as a member of Cosa Nostra. This famous Mafioso is thought to have personally assassinated at least 40 people, and to have ordered the deaths of almost 1000, including two anti-Mafia judges. He was arrested in 1993 and his assets were seized.
Born in 1930, Toto Riina oversaw a reign of terror in Sicily as a member of Cosa Nostra. This famous Mafioso is thought to have personally assassinated at least 40 people, and to have ordered the deaths of almost 1000, including two anti-Mafia judges. He was arrested in 1993 and his assets were seized.

Khun Sa: $5 billion

Slide 20 of 21: Burmese warlord Khun Sa was in charge of opium trafficking in the Golden Triangle from 1974 to 1994. At the time, most of the heroin that reached the USA from the Golden Triangle was grown in Khun Sa’s opium fields. He surrendered to the Burmese authorities in 1996.View the photo on Wikimedia Commons
Burmese warlord Khun Sa was in charge of opium trafficking in the Golden Triangle from 1974 to 1994. At the time, most of the heroin that reached the USA from the Golden Triangle was grown in Khun Sa’s opium fields. He surrendered to the Burmese authorities in 1996. View the photo on Wikimedia Commons

Nicky Barnes: $105 million

Slide 21 of 21: This former New York drug baron, known as “Mr. Untouchable”, controlled the heroin trade in Harlem for many years through corrupting the police. His nickname offended US president Jimmy Carter so much that he personally intervened to ensure that Barnes was prosecuted and imprisoned. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, but had his sentence reduced in 1998.
This former New York drug baron, known as “Mr. Untouchable”, controlled the heroin trade in Harlem for many years through corrupting the police. His nickname offended US president Jimmy Carter so much that he personally intervened to ensure that Barnes was prosecuted and imprisoned. He was sentenced to life imprisonment, but had his sentence reduced in 1998.
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