While we don’t recommend any of you go out and start selling drugs — these 20 people certainly were living it large during their time. 

Pablo Escobar — $30 Billion
19. Pablo Escobar — $30 Billion

Perhaps the most notorious drug lord that ever lived, Pablo Escobar is one of the richest criminals in history. Escobar reportedly was supplying 80 percent of all cocaine trafficked in to America.

Amado Carrillo Fuentes — $25 Billion
18. Amado Carrillo Fuentes — $25 Billion

Amado Carrillo Fuentes took control of the Juarez Cartel after assassinating the previous boss. Not only was Fuentes a drug trafficker, he was also laundering money. He died from botched plastic surgery, in an attempt to alter his appearance.

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar — $6.7 Billion
17. Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar — $6.7 Billion

Dawn Ibrahim Kaskar was the head of India’s biggest crime syndicate. Not only was he a drug smuggler, Kaskar allegedly has close ties with the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda.

The Ochoa Brothers — $6 Billion
16. The Ochoa Brothers — $6 Billion

The Ochoa brothers started out as cattle breeders, but switched to selling drugs during the ‘70s. They were even able to form strong connections with the likes of Pablo Escobar and Carlos Lehder.

Khun Sa — $5 Billion
15. Khun Sa — $5 Billion

Often referred to as the “Opium King,” Khun Sa oversaw the trafficking of opium in the Golden Triangle. The Burmese drug lord was even the head of the Shan United Army at one point.

Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha — $5 Billion
14. Jose Gonzalo Rodriguez Gacha — $5 Billion

Even though he was Columbian, José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha earned the nickname “El Mexicano.” Gacha was considered the most lethal, and successful, drug dealer during his time.

The Orejuela Brothers — $3 Billion
13. The Orejuela Brothers — $3 Billion

These three brothers were members of the notorious Cali Cartel in the ‘70s. During their time, the brothers accounted for nearly 90 percent of the European cocaine market!

Carlos Lehder — $2.7 Billion
12. Carlos Lehder — $2.7 Billion

Carlos Lehder is the co-founder of the infamous Medellín Cartel. The Medellín Cartel was responsible for the majority of cocaine transported in to America during the ‘70s and ‘80s.

Griselda Blanco — $2 Billion
11. Griselda Blanco — $2 Billion

Griselda Blanco, or “The Godmother,” was responsible for the Miami’s massive cocaine boom in the ‘70s and ‘80s. It’s estimated that she is accountable for nearly 200 murders during her reign.

Al Capone — $1.3 Billion
10. Al Capone — $1.3 Billion

Al Capone is probably the most recognized gangster from the US. While he was considered very dangerous, he forged a reputation for being a modern day Robin Hood by generously giving back to the poor.

Joaquín Guzmán — $1 Billion
9. Joaquín Guzmán — $1 Billion

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you most certainly have heard about “El Chapo.” Guzmán trafficked cocaine from Columbia, through Mexico and in to the US. He is considered one of the biggest drug lords Mexico has ever seen.

Rafael Caro Quintero — $650 Million
8. Rafael Caro Quintero — $650 Million

During the ‘70s, Quintero trafficked marijuana in to the United States. He was released from jail in 2013, but has since been on the run from Mexican authorities. He is a wanted fugitive in several countries.

Freeway Ricky Ross — $600 Million
7. Freeway Ricky Ross — $600 Million

At his peak, Freeway Ricky Ross stated he was selling $3 million worth of cocaine per day! He has come in to the spotlight recently after suing the popular rapper, Rick Ross, for using his name.

Joseph Kennedy — $400 Million
6. Joseph Kennedy — $400 Million

Yes, Joseph Kennedy is part of the prestigious Kennedy family. Although he was never charged, Kennedy was said to have smuggled plenty of alcohol in to America during prohibition.

Zhenli Ye Gon — $300 Million
5. Zhenli Ye Gon — $300 Million

Zhenli Ye Gon helped import thousands of tons of pseudoephedrine — a main component for making methamphetamine — through his pharmaceutical company based in Mexico. Gon did this legally for some time, but was eventually busted after continuing to import pseudoephedrine after his license expired.

Paul Lir Alexander — $170 Million
4. Paul Lir Alexander — $170 Million

Paul Lir Alexander had a knack for sending cocaine to America through electrical transformers. Believe it or not, the Brazil native actually worked for the DEA before his drug smuggling days.

Nicky Barnes — $105 Million
3. Nicky Barnes — $105 Million

Nicky Barnes practically had full control of the heroin trade in Harlem during his heydays. Nicknamed “Mister Untouchable,” Barnes eventually flipped and became a government informant.

George Jung — $100 Million
2. George Jung — $100 Million

Better known as “Boston George,” George Jung smuggled massive amounts of cocaine to the states from Columbia. He was released from jail in 2014 after serving a 20 year sentence.

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