10 Richest Drug Dealers of All Time
Parents usually told their children that they should become a lawyer if they want to be a rich person. But the truth is that it is the biggest money in the world you can earn not in legal but in illegal business. I've always been impressed by these incredible stories about tough guys who earn millions of dollars selling prohibited products, items, weapons, etc. But the most lucrative illegal business has always been the sale of drugs. We have compiled a list of the 10 richest drug lords in world history and want to share it with you. There are not many interesting facts about the life of drug lords: you will not get information about the Nicky Barnes family or how did Pablo Escobar die. But you will see how much money these people made selling drugs in the 1970s and 1980s. Read carefully and do not miss any information.
The Great and Almighty Pablo Escobar became the most famous drug dealer in history and 8/10 persons heard his story or at least his name. In the 1980s, he controlled more than 80% of the cocaine business worldwide. There are many legends about what happened to Pablo Escobar money after he died but they are all just fantasies.
Amado Carrillo Fuentes
The second richest Columbia drug lord in history. He was the boss of the Juarez Cartel and delivered drugs from Colombia to the United States. When the American and Mexican governments were very close to catching him, he decided to do plastic surgery. Unfortunately, after such a brilliant attempt, he was killed by his own bodyguards.
Big Meech net worth cannot even be compared with those sums of money Nicky Barnes made selling heroin in the Harlem area in New York. The so-called "Mr. Untouchable" headed The Council in the international drug trafficking ring, in partnership with the Italian-American Mafia and became a symbol of a successful drug dealer.
Paul Lir Alexander
Colombian drug lords should take a couple of lessons from this guy on how to manage drug trafficking. Paul Lir Alexander, also known as El Parito Loco, helped the American government to get hold of other drug dealers, and after that he built the entire drug empire, which rewarded him more than $170 million.
José Figueroa Agosto
When people talk about the famous drug lords of the 21st century, they name this guy for sure. Jose Figueroa Agosto provided 90% of the cocaine trafficking in Puerto Rico. In 2010, he was arrested and sentenced to 209 years in prison. He opens our list of the 10 richest drug dealers of all time.
Joaquín Guzmán Leora
Not as famous as Michael Corleone Blanco, this Mexican drug dealer organized traffic of cocaine, heroin and marijuana between the US and Mexico. As the leader of Sinaloa Drug Cartel, he earned a net worth of $1 billion and was included in the top ten richest people in Mexico in 2011.
The only woman on our list and because of this no less legendary, Griselda Blanco became known as the "The Cocaine Godmother". She was one of the leaders of Medellin Cartel and the first to start selling cocaine in Miami. She was killed in 2012 by an accidental man. Griselda Blanco funeral was quiet and not overcrowded, which is not typical for drug dealers.
Carlos Lehder was one of the founders and most influential people in the Medellin drug cartel (the largest drug cartel in history). He delivered cocaine from Colombia to South Florida, and then distributed it throughout the United States. Today he is imprisoned in the United States.
Rafael Caro Quintero
Rafael Caro Quintero became much more successfully than Frank Lucas wife in drug sales. In the 1970s and 1980s, he created a Guadalajara cartel on the territory of Mexico and sold drugs worth more than $650 million. In 1985 he was arrested and charged with murder. Currently, Rafael Caro Quintero is one of the most wanted men around the world.
Freeway Rick Ross
The boss of the drug empire in Los Angeles, California, Freeway Rick Ross net worth was more than $600 million. He made such money selling cocaine in the early to mid-1980s. In the midst of his heyday, he operated drug sales in 12 states.