Tons of money, whiskey and naked girls. Their own army and life in the “luxury” style. So do drug barons-billionaires live.
The only thing that these people are afraid of is to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.
Although law enforcement agencies in all the countries of the world constantly struggle with criminals, however, there are individuals who create entire empires ready to challenge the state. Especially in this field, drug traffickers, who have made a billion-dollar fortune, can afford to hire an entire army of well-equipped mercenaries. Meet the most famous and richest drug lords, whose finest hour came in the 1980s and 1990s, with which in the twenty-first century the intelligence services learned to effectively fight quickly shutting down large drug supply channels.
George Jung: $100 Million
George Jacob Jung (born August 6, 1942), nicknamed “Boston George” is notorious for being one of the main players in the cocaine trade in the US in the 1970s and early 1980s. In the drug smuggling and drug trafficking, George Young in the United States has practically no equal. He was an employee of the Colombian Medellín drug cartel, which supplied the United States with smuggling about 85% of cocaine. The story of his life is depicted in the movie “Blow” with Johnny Depp in the title role.
Nicky Barnes: $105 Million
New York drug lord Nicky Barnes definitely “got his share” from working in the market of hazardous substances. For 82 years of his life he was charged with various charges from the authorities, but he even managed to become an informant to law enforcement agencies, which significantly softened for him the punishments imposed by the law. The result of his activity is obvious – this is a wealth exceeding $ 100 million.
Rafael Caro Quintero: $650 million
In the 1970s Rafael Caro Quintero was considered one of the most dangerous criminals – mainly because he had many influential friends in the field of drug trafficking who could “take care” of any of his problems. He was one of the founders of the Guadalajara Cartel. Until his arrest for drug smuggling in the US, he managed to become the owner of an incredible amount of money – it reached 650 million dollars.
Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman: $1 Billion
“El Chapo” was the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. If there are exemplary drug lords in the world, doing everything according to the rules and laws of their craft, then Joaquin Guzman is one of them. In his case we are talking about incredible amounts of drug smuggling – the 62-year-old criminal began to amaze his surroundings with these volumes, already when he was 25! This is how he came to $1 billion, and at the same time to fame – he is often mentioned in popular culture. for example, in Hollywood films and rap songs.
Griselda Blanco: $2 Billion
Once known as the “Godmother of cocaine,” Blanco was a member of the Medellín Cartel operating in Florida during the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Through her example, Griselda Blanco proves that not only men rule the drug business. In a sense, she is a real feminist in her field! You can imagine how Griselda, who grew up in a poor family, felt about herself when she became the owner of two billion dollars. But do not be deceived by her gaze: according to the directions of this divine dandelion, about 200 people were killed.
Blanco was killed in a drive-by shooting in Colombia in 2012.
Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela, and Miguel Orejuela: $3 Billion
One of the most famous drug lords in the world. In the early 1990s, he controlled up to 80% of the global smuggling of cocaine. At one time, the Orejuela brothers – Gilberto and Miguel – led the Colombian Cali Cartel – once the most powerful criminal syndicate in the world. Competing with the infamous Medellín drug cartel. At the time of the arrest, the brothers’ annual income was $ 8 billion.
Both brothers are currently serving their 30-year sentences in U.S. federal prisons.
Carlos Lehder Rivas: $2.7 Billion
Carlos Lehder was able to make a dizzying career from an unknown car thief to one of the founders of the Medellín cartel. At one time, he was able to create a very effective system for delivering cocaine from Colombia to the United States via South-East Asia, so cocaine was made available even for middle-class people. Carlos turned the island of Normans-Kay, the Bahamian archipelago, into a trans-shipment base, through which up to 300 kilograms of drugs were passed daily. As a result, he was pressed by the police of Colombia and extradited to the US, where Carlos Ledera received a life sentence.
Khun Sa: $5 billion
Who would have thought that the commander of the Shan United Army, who trained soldiers during the civil war in China, ran parallel the shadow business and was considered an “opiate king”? Khun Sa differs from all the listed here by the fact that for him it was only an “additional earnings” parallel to the main activity, but nevertheless this did not stop him from making $ 5 billion in the heroin trade. He died of unknown causes in 2007 at the age of 73.
Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha: $5 billion
Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha, nicknamed “El Mexico”, was one of the founders of the Medellín cartel. He controlled the transportation of cocaine from Colombia to the US through Panama and Mexico, plus established channels for the uninterrupted supply of drugs in Europe and Asia. His scale of activity was so great that he was even listed among the world’s hundred richest people, according to the Forbes magazine. Gacha was known for particular cruelty, due to which the Minister of Justice of Colombia and the leaders of several local parties were killed. Moreover, he managed to create a professional army, having launched a real war with the government. As a result, he was killed on the ranch during the assault of the Colombian police in 1989.
The Ochoa Brothers: $6 Billion
When the Ochoa brothers realized that they would not make a lot of money on livestock breeding, they decided to start their own business in another, more profitable area. They managed to build a real empire in the field of trade in cocaine and heroin. Together with Pablo Escobar, brothers Juan David, Jorge Luis and Fabio, founded the Medellín Cartel. The ties and business acumen of the Ochoa brothers made them three happy owners of $6 billion.
Fabio Ochoa: $6 billion
Fabio is the brother of Juan David Ochoa and Jorge Luis Ochoa. The result of his drug trafficking activity is a wealth that amounts to $6 billion. He is currently serving a 30-year sentence in a U.S. federal prison.
Amado Carrillo Fuentes and Vicente Carrillo Fuentes: $25 Billion
Amando Carrillo Fuentes, also known as “The Lord of the skies”, began his career as a drug dealer of one of the Colombian cartels, whose services were paid for by cocaine, which he sold through his own network of distributors. In the late 1980s, when Colombian cartels began to have serious problems with the law, he seriously took charge of the case, setting up the Juárez Cartel, which controlled half of the illegal drug trafficking from Mexico to the U.S. In the best years, under his sensitive guidance, the drug turnover reached up to $ 30 million a day. Amando Carrillo Fuentes died in 1997 during an unsuccessful plastic surgery.
His brother Carrillo Fuentes was also a leader of the cartel.
Pablo Escobar: $30 Billion +
No doubt, the greatest drug lord of all time, Pablo Escobar ran many illegal organizations around the world. On the day, Pablo made 5 and sometimes 10 million. At such rates, he reached one of the most impressive sums not only on this list, but also in the world in general: 30 BILLION DOLLARS! He was killed by Colombian authorities in 1993.