5 Richest Gangsters of all time

Violence in human nature is inevitable. Some of us commit small acts of violence while other take it to a whole new level. Today we will discuss gangsters who used violence in their business with one intention; to make big bucks. Some of them killed, while others dealt in drugs but one thing they all have in common is the fact that they made their wallets heavier doing whatever they did. Here are the top 5 richest gangsters of all time.

5. Carlos Lehder

Carlos Lehder

There is a lot to be made in the white powder business but unfortunately it’s all illegal and wrong on so many levels. Carlos saw and opportunity in trading cocaine from his native land, Columbia, to the US. In prison Carlos met George Jung who was a drug dealer in the US. Carlos used him to get cocaine into the US. He became so rich that he owned his own island in the Bahamas and even offered to pay the debt of his country.

Estimated Worth: $2.7 billion.

4. Meyer Lansky

Meyer Lansky

Lansky immigrated from Poland and made his fortune in gambling. He did not limit himself to legal gambling and soon joined gangsters, Charles “Lucky” Luciano and Ben “Bugsy” Siegel to run a gang  “Murder Inc.”  Later on he was more inclined towards setting up gambling operations and he managed to set them up in Florida, Las Vegas and Cuba (before the Cuban revolution). He fled to Israel once accused for tax evasion but later returned to U.S to face the charges.

Estimated Worth: In 1982 Forbes named him in the top 400 richest in U.S.

3. Joseph Kennedy


Joseph belonged to one of the most powerful and prestigious families of the  U.S. One of his son became the president, other the District Attorney and presidential candidate and another a senator. Kennedy made his fortune by bootlegging (selling liquor when it was banned) and once the ban was lifted, he made even more by selling legitimate liquor. It is said that he contacted gangster Frank Castello who was known to brag that he was a bootlegger with Kennedy, to use another mobster, Chicago’s Sam Giancana to help his son John get elected through his ties to Chicago and the unions.

Estimated Worth: $300 million (1954, it would be equal to billions in today’s time)