Drugs have always been a part of human history in some form or another, but it wasn’t until recently that influential people teamed together to build enormous empires devoted to the manufacturing, distribution, and sale of illegal drugs.
The following is a list of the ten wealthiest and most notorious drug traffickers in history.
They’re an intriguing group of powerful guys who had weird or violent lifestyles despite earning some of the highest fortunes possible.
Government authorities and associates regarded these criminals and businesspeople as among the most dangerous people on the planet.
10. El Chapo: $3 Billion
Guzmán, the infamous former leader of the Sinaloa cartel, is serving a life sentence in a US prison. He was one of the biggest traffickers of drugs to the US and, in 2009, entered Forbes’ of the world’s richest men at number 701. We believe he has more
9. Carlos Lehder: $3.05 Billion
8. The Orejuela Bros: $3.39 Billion
Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela was the leader of the Colombian Cali Cartel and is currently serving a 30-year sentence in the United States. His brother Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela is also serving a prison sentence at a fed prison in Pennsylvania.
7. Khun Sa: $5.65 Billion
Khun Sa was born to a Chinese father and a Shan mother. The “Opium King” is the most successful drug lord, as he retired in 1996 and enjoyed his wealth for a good 11 years until his death. His children are wealthy businesspeople in Myanmar today.
6. Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha: $5.65 Billion
Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha was one of the leaders of the Medellin Cartel and was actually included in Forbes’ billionaire’s list in 1988. He was killed in 1989. He died in a hail of gunfire along with his 17-year-old son.
5. The Ochoa Brothers: $6.78 Billion
4. Dawood Ibrahim $7.57 Billion
Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is an Indian drug lord who has been wanted since 1993. He is in the top 5 world’s most wanted fugitives list now. He reportedly heads the Indian organized crime syndicate, D-Company, which he founded in Mumbai in the 1970s
3. Semion Mogilevich: $10 Billion
The 74-year-old Mogilevich is believed to be free-living in Moscow with his three kids. He is the boss of the bosses of Russian mafia syndicates. He derived most of his wealth from “weapons trafficking, contract murders, and extortion.”
2. Amado Carrillo Fuentes: $28.26 Billion
Amado Carrillo Fuentes became the leader of the Juarez cartel after eliminating his boss, Rafael Aguilar Guajardo. Unfortunately, he died after a plastic surgery operation in 1997, trying to change his appearance so that he could enjoy his cash.
1. Pablo Escobar: $33.91 Billion