The 20 richest criminals of all time
Slide 1 of 20: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.
Slide 2 of 20: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. Slide 3 of 20: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.
Slide 4 of 20: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.
Slide 5 of 20: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.
Slide 6 of 20: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. Slide 7 of 20:In 2012, this American billionaire was found guilty of a $7-billion fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. Slide 8 of 20: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. Slide 9 of 20: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. Slide 10 of 20:This famous Puerto Rican drug dealer has been arrested several times. His fortune, however, remains well hidden.
Slide 11 of 20:This cocaine smuggler made his fortune in the ‘80s, trafficking drugs to US shores. Slide 12 of 20: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. Slide 13 of 20: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. Slide 14 of 20: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. Slide 15 of 20: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. Slide 16 of 20: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. Slide 17 of 20: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. Slide 18 of 20: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. Slide 19 of 20: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. Slide 20 of 20: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.
Slide 20 of 20: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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