It´s not a big secret you can get rich as a criminal very rich,but if you believe Al Capone was the richest and greatest gangster who ever stepped on our planet you´re at fault. He was not even one of the first 5 richest criminals.
1. Pablo Emilio Escobar 1949 – 1993 9 Billion USD
Pablo Escobar was definitely the greatest and richest criminal the world has ever seen. In 1989 Forbes listed him as the seventh richest man in the world with an estimated net value of 9 Billion USD.Escobar was born in Colombia where from he estimated a drug cartel of incredible proportions. He had submarines, planes, and employed nearly every inhabitant of his hometown Medellin. On top of his career he even tried to become the president of Colombia, raged a court with tanks and build his own personal jail. All the same Palbo Escobar was shot in 1993 by an American special force.
2. Carlos Lehder 1950 – ? 2.7 Billion USD
According to my investigations the second place goes to Carlos Lehder. He worked together with Pablo Escobar and was one of the co-founders of the Medellin Cartel. His estimated net value was taxed on 2.7 Billion USD.
3. Susumu Ishii 1924 – 1991 1.5 Billion USD
Susumu Ishii was born in Tokyo in 1924. one of the heads of the Ingawa-Kai , Japan´s second largest “yakuza” underworld syndicate. Also he was the 5th soho of the Yokosusa-ikka. His estimated net value amounted to 1.5 Billion USD, which he earned through various loans, banking deals, and real estate scams. But as the Japanese economic bubble burst, Ishii was no longer “the world’s richest gangster”. His assets a his health declined rapidly, and diet one year later.
4.Anthony Salerno 1911 – 1992 600 Million USD
Anthony “Fat Tony” Salerno was a member of the American Cosa Nostra and the front boss of the Genovese crime family. He was born and raised in East Harlem, New York where he worked one´s way up to the top of New York’s mafia as a basher and shylock. In November 1984 the Chicago mob sent a messenger to ask Fat Tony to lay off in Vegas. The FBI had tapped Tony’s club where the meet was and that was the beginning of the end. Had Tony gone to meet with the Chicago boys in one of the Chicago Hotels maybe things would have ended differently. In 1986 he was sentenced to 100 years prison by the “Mafia Commission Trial” where he died in 1992.
5.Meyer Lansky 1902 – 1993 400 Million USD
Meyer Lansky was born in Grodno Russia and emigrated with is family to the U.S.A in 1911, where he settled down on the East Side of Manhattan. At the age of 25 he established gambling operations in Florida and Cuba in a time long before credit card machines. Later he realised own vulnerability to tax evasion prosecution, in response he transferred illegal funds from his growing casino empire to Europe. A few years later he even bought a complete offshore bank in Switzerland.
The only problem by getting rich as criminal is that you probably won´t life very long so don´t get into mischiefs … 😉