A college education, passion, drive, determination and belief that you will succeed are said to be what you need to become a millionaire or even a billionaire. For the world’s billionaires, it was a simple idea and a crazy notion that they could actually do it. The same goes for many of the world’s wealthiest and most successful businessmen and women. The road, the journey to success, was long, hard and arduous.
But who wants to bother with that when you can get into the life of crime and actually make just as much money as some of the world’s wealthiest people without actually paying taxes on your money. Normal people with integrity and work ethic and morals abide by the law, but those are not the kind of people we are talking about right now. We are talking about the world’s wealthiest criminals. They got rich the illegal way, and they are probably quite proud of that.
The payoffs from criminal activities are quite massive. Don’t they say the higher the risk, the higher the return? These criminals have made their money through drug trafficking, human trafficking, money laundering, tax evasion, among other crimes. While we recommend using the legal ways of getting rich, these men and women are a bit outside the box (and the legal lines) when it comes to making money, and it worked for them (save for the prison sentences and other minor details).
Here are the top 10 richest criminals in the world.
Former drug lord and co-founder of the Medellín cartel
Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera
Former drug lord and leader of the Sinaloa cartel
Mastermind of the 1MDB scandal
Former drug dealer
Former drug kingpin
Ponzi scheme fraudster
Former conman, check forger and imposter
John Gotti Jr.
Former mobster and boss of the Gambino crime family
Freeway Rick Ross
Former drug trafficker
Hector “Junior” Pagan
Former associate of the Bannano crime family