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The top 20 most developed countries in Africa 2018

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The Human Development Index (HDI) is a metric that is used to measure key dimensions of human development. They include; life expectancy for health, expected years of schooling, mean of years of schooling for education and Gross National Income per capita for standard of living.

 

HDI is one of the best tools to keep track of the level of development of a country, as it combines all major social and economic indicators that are responsible for economic development.

 

Below are the top 20 most developed countries in Africa in 2018 based on HDI.

Rank

Country

Human Development Index (HDI) (value)

1

Seychelles

0.797

2

Mauritius

0.790

3

Algeria

0.754

4

Tunisia

0.735

5

Botswana

0.717

6

Libya

0.706

7

Gabon

0.702

7

South Africa

0.699

9

Egypt

0.696

10

Morocco

0.667

11

Cape Verde

0.654

12

Namibia

0.647

13

Republic of the Congo

0.606

14

Ghana

0.592

15

Equatorial Guinea

0.591

16

Kenya

0.590

17

São Tomé and Príncipe

0.589

17

Swaziland

0.588

19

Zambia

0.588

20

Angola

0.581

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The payoffs from criminal activities are quite massive. Don’t they say the higher the risk, the higher the return? These are people mostly engaging in drug trafficking, human trafficking, money laundering, tax evasion among other crimes

 

The list below compiles some of the big and powerful names in the underworld, who rank the top richest for wrong reasons.

1. Leona Helmsley

Net Worth: $8 billion

Leona Mindy Roberts Helmsley (July 4, 1920 – August 20, 2007) was an American businesswoman, known for her flamboyant personality and her reputation for tyrannical behavior, earning her the sobriquet Queen of Mean.

 

After allegations of non-payment were made by contractors hired to improve Helmsley’s Connecticut home, she was investigated and convicted of federal income tax evasion and other crimes in 1989. Although having initially received a sentence of sixteen years, she was required to serve only nineteen months in prison and two months under house arrest. During the trial, a former housekeeper testified that she had heard Helmsley say: “We don’t pay taxes; only the little people pay taxes,” an aphorism which identified her the rest of her life.

2. Carlos Lehder

Net Worth: $2.7 billion

Carlos Enrique Lehder Rivas (born September 7, 1949) is a co-founder of the Medellin Cartel and former Colombian drug lord. He is currently imprisoned in the United States. Born in Armenia, Colombia, Lehder eventually ran a cocaine transport empire on Norman’s Cay island, 210 miles (340 km) off the Florida coast in the central Bahamas.

 

Lehder was one of the founding members of Muerte a Secuestradores (“MAS”), a paramilitary group whose focus was to retaliate against the kidnappings of cartel members and their families by the guerrillas. His motivation to join the MAS was to retaliate against the M-19 guerrilla movement, which, on November 19, 1981, attempted to kidnap him for a ransom; Lehder managed to escape from the kidnappers, though he was shot in the leg. He was one of the most important MAS and Medellin Cartel operators, and is considered to be one of the most important Colombian drug kingpins to have been successfully prosecuted in the United States.

 

Additionally, Lehder founded “a neo-Nazi political party”, the National Latin Movement, whose main function, police said, appeared to be to force Colombia to abrogate its extradition treaty with the United States.”

3. Adnan Khashoggi

Net Worth: $2 billion

Adnan Khashoggi (25 July 1935 – 6 June 2017) was a Saudi Arabian businessman and arms dealer, known for his lavish business deals and lifestyle. He is estimated to have had a peak net worth of around US$4 billion in the early 1980s.

 

Khashoggi was implicated in the Iran–Contra affair as a key middleman in the arms-for-hostages exchange along with Iranian arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar and, in a complex series of events, was found to have borrowed money for these arms purchases from the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) with Saudi and United States backing. His role in the affair created a related controversy when Khashoggi donated millions to the American University in Washington, DC to build a sports arena which would bear his name. Khashoggi was a member of the university’s board of trustees from 1983 until his indictment on fraud and other charges in May 1989.

 

In 1988, Khashoggi was arrested in Switzerland, accused of concealing funds, and held for three months. Khashoggi stopped fighting extradition when the U.S. prosecutors reduced the charges to obstruction of justice and mail fraud and dropped the more serious charges of racketeering and conspiracy. In 1990, a United States federal jury in Manhattan acquitted Khashoggi and Imelda Marcos, widow of the exiled Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, of racketeering and fraud.

4. Griselda Blanco

Net Worth: $2 billion

Griselda Blanco Restrepo (February 14, 1943 – September 3, 2012), known as La Madrina, the Black Widow, the Cocaine Godmother and the Queen of Narco-Trafficking, was a Colombian drug lord of the Medellín Cartel and a pioneer in the Miami-based cocaine drug trade and underworld during the 1950s, all the way to the early 2000s. It has been estimated that she was responsible for up to 200 murders while transporting cocaine from Colombia to New York, Miami and Southern California.

 

On February 17, 1985, she was arrested by DEA agents in her home and held without bail. After her trial, Blanco was sentenced to more than a decade in jail. While in prison, she continued to effectively run her cocaine business.

 

By pressuring one of Blanco’s lieutenants, the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office obtained sufficient evidence to indict Blanco for three murders. However, the case collapsed due to technicalities relating to a telephone-sex scandal between the star witness and female secretaries in the DA’s office. In 2002, Blanco suffered a heart attack while imprisoned.

 

In 2004, Blanco was released from prison and deported to Medellín, Colombia. She was shot and killed on September 3, 2012, at the age of 69.

5. El Chapo Guzman

Net Worth: $1 billion

Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera (born on 25 December 1954 or 4 April 1957) is a Mexican suspected drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization named after the Mexican Pacific coast state of Sinaloa where it was formed. He is known as “El Chapo” (“Shorty”, pronounced [el ˈtʃapo]) for his 168 cm (5 ft 6 in) stature), and he became Mexico’s top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cárdenas Guillén of the Gulf Cartel. He was considered the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the United States Department of the Treasury.

 

Each year from 2009 to 2011, Forbes magazine ranked Guzmán as one of the most powerful people in the world, ranking him 41st, 60th, and 55th, respectively. He was thus the second most powerful man in Mexico, after Carlos Slim. The magazine also calls him the “biggest drug lord of all time.” The U.S. federal government considers Guzmán “the most ruthless, dangerous, and feared man on the planet” and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimated that he matched the influence and reach of Pablo Escobar and considered him “the godfather of the drug world”. In 2013, the Chicago Crime Commission named Guzmán “Public Enemy Number One” for the influence of his criminal network in Chicago, though there is no evidence that he has ever been in that city. The last person to receive such notoriety was Al Capone in 1930.

 

Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel transports multi-ton cocaine shipments from Colombia through Mexico to the United States, the world’s top consumer, and has distribution cells throughout the U.S. The organization has been involved in the production, smuggling, and distribution of Mexican methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy (MDMA) and heroin throughout America and Europe. By the time of his 2014 arrest, Guzmán had exported more drugs to the United States than any other trafficker, including more than 500 tons (500,000 kg) of cocaine in the U.S. alone.

 

Guzmán was first captured in 1993 in Guatemala and was extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico for murder and drug trafficking. He bribed prison guards and escaped from a federal maximum-security prison in 2001. He was wanted by the governments of Mexico and the United States and by INTERPOL. The U.S. offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture, and the Mexican government offered a reward of 60 million pesos (approximately $3.8 million). He was arrested a second time in Mexico on 22 February 2014, found inside a fourth-floor condominium in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, and was captured without any gunshots. Guzmán escaped again in July 2015 through a 1.5 km (0.93 mi) tunnel that led to a construction site. He was recaptured by Mexican marines and Federal Police following a shoot-out on 8 January 2016. He was extradited to the United States on 19 January 2017 to face criminal charges related to his leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel.

6. Al Capone

Net Worth: $100 million

Alphonse Gabriel Capone (January 17, 1899 – January 25, 1947), sometimes known by the nickname “Scarface”, was an American gangster and businessman who attained notoriety during the Prohibition era as the co-founder and boss of the Chicago Outfit. His seven-year reign as crime boss ended when he was 33.

 

Capone was born in New York City, to Italian immigrants. He was a Five Points Gang member who became a bouncer in organized crime premises such as brothels. In his early twenties, he moved to Chicago and became a bodyguard and trusted factotum for Johnny Torrio, head of a criminal syndicate that illegally supplied alcohol—the forerunner of the Outfit—and was politically protected through the Unione Siciliana. A conflict with the North Side Gang was instrumental in Capone’s rise and fall. Torrio went into retirement after North Side gunmen almost killed him, handing control to Capone. Capone expanded the bootlegging business through increasingly violent means, but his mutually profitable relationships with mayor William Hale Thompson and the city’s police meant he seemed safe from law enforcement.

 

Capone apparently reveled in attention, such as the cheers from spectators when he appeared at ball games. He made donations to various charities and was viewed by many as “modern-day Robin Hood”. However, the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, in which seven gang rivals were murdered in broad daylight, damaged Chicago’s and Capone’s image, leading influential citizens to demand government action and newspapers to dub Capone “Public Enemy No. 1”.

 

The federal authorities became intent on jailing Capone and prosecuted him in 1931 for tax evasion, which was at that time a federal crime; the prosecution was a novel strategy. During a highly publicized case, the judge admitted as evidence Capone’s admissions of his income and unpaid taxes during prior (and ultimately abortive) negotiations to pay the government taxes he owed. He was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in federal prison. After conviction, he replaced his defense team with experts in tax law, and his grounds for appeal were strengthened by a Supreme Court ruling, but his appeal ultimately failed. Capone showed signs of syphilitic dementia early in his sentence and became increasingly debilitated before being released after eight years of incarceration. On January 25, 1947, Capone died of cardiac arrest after suffering a stroke.

7. Big Meech

Net Worth: $100 million

Demetrius “Big Meech” (Demetrius Edward Flenory, born June 21, 1968, in Detroit, Michigan) and his brother Terry “Southwest T” (Terry Lee Flenory, born January 10, 1972, in Detroit, Michigan) began selling $50 bags of cocaine on the streets of Detroit, during their high school years. By 2000, they had established multi-kilogram cocaine distribution cells in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee.

 

A two-year federal investigation of the organization estimated its nationwide membership as over 500. Around 2001, there was a split between the brothers, with Terry moving to Los Angeles with his girlfriend to head his own organization and Demetrius staying in Atlanta. By 2003, the two had been involved in a major falling out and rarely spoke to one another.

 

In a conversation with his sister Bernatta, caught by the DEA on wiretap, Terry discussed his worries that his brother’s excessive partying would bring the wrong type of attention to their business. By the time charges were filed, the government had 900 pages of typed transcripts of wiretapped conversations from Terry’s phone in a 5-month period. In November 2007, the brothers pleaded guilty to running a continuing criminal enterprise. In September 2008, both brothers were sentenced to 30 years in prison for running a nationwide cocaine-trafficking ring, which lasted from 2000 to 2005.

 

Demetrius Flenory is serving out his sentence at FCI Forrest City Low and is scheduled for release on May 5, 2032, around his 64th birthday. While incarcerated at United States Penitentiary, Lompoc, a medium-security federal prison in California, he adopted the name Big Herm. His brother is serving his sentence at FCI Gilmer, and is scheduled to be released on February 10, 2032.

8. Rayful Edmond

Net Worth: $50 million

Rayful Edmond III (born November 26, 1964) is an American former drug lord in Washington, D.C. in the 1980s. Edmond is largely credited with introducing crack cocaine into the Washington, D.C. area during the crack epidemic, resulting in an escalating crime rate in the city which became known as the “murder capital of the United States.”

 

Edmond was alleged to have moved large amounts of cocaine. In an indictment involving two of Edmond’s associates, it was said that they bought between 1,000 and 2,000 kilos per week in 1992 from the Trujillo-Blanco brothers, who were associated with the Medellin cartel, and sold the drugs to Washington area wholesalers. He was known to have spent some $457,619 in an exclusive Georgetown store (Linea Pitti, specializing in Italian men’s clothing) owned by Charles Wynn who was later convicted on 34 counts of money laundering. Edmond’s estimated revenue was approximately $300 million annually. In one year, Edmond’s organization, which employed 150 people, committed 30 murders.

 

Edmond was arrested on April 15, 1989 at the age of 24. His arrest and subsequent trial were widely covered by local and national media. Judicial officials, fearful of reprisals from members of Edmond’s gang, imposed unprecedented security during the trial. Jurors’ identities were kept secret before, during, and after trial, and their seating area was enclosed in bulletproof glass. The presiding judge even barred the public from the trial in an effort to protect the jury.  Edmond was jailed at the maximum security facility at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia and flown to the Federal Court House in Washington, D.C. by helicopter each day for his trial. Authorities took this unusual step due to heightened fears of an armed escape attempt.

On September 17, 1990, the District Court imposed sentences of mandatory life without parole on Count One, life without parole on Counts Two and Five, 60 months on Count Eleven, and 48 months on Counts Fourteen, Fifteen, Sixteen, and Eighteen. Edmond’s sentences were to run concurrently.

Edmond was eventually sentenced to life in prison without parole. His mother, Constance “Bootsie” Perry, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for participating in his criminal enterprise. Several of his sisters and cousins also received sentences.

9. John Gotti

Net Worth: $30 million

John Joseph Gotti Jr. (October 27, 1940 – June 10, 2002) was an Italian-American gangster who became boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti and his brothers grew up in poverty and turned to a life of crime at an early age. Gotti quickly rose to prominence, becoming one of the crime family’s biggest earners and a protégé of Gambino family underboss Aniello Dellacroce, operating out of the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens.

 

Early in his crime career, following the FBI’s indictment of members of Gotti’s crew for selling narcotics, Gotti began to fear that he and his brother would be killed by Gambino boss Paul Castellano for selling drugs. As this fear continued to grow, and amidst growing dissent over the leadership of the crime family, Gotti organized the murder of Castellano in December 1985 and took over the family shortly thereafter, leaving Gotti as the boss of what has been described as America’s most powerful crime syndicate, and one that made hundreds of millions of dollars a year from racketeering, hijacking, loan sharking, drug trafficking, bookmaking, prostitution, extortion, pornography, illegal gambling and other criminal activities.

 

At his peak, Gotti was one of the most powerful and dangerous crime bosses in the country. During his era he became widely known for his outspoken personality and flamboyant style, which gained him favor with some of the general public. While his peers avoided attracting attention, especially from the media, Gotti became known as “The Dapper Don”, for his expensive clothes and personality in front of news cameras. He was later given the nickname “The Teflon Don” after three high-profile trials in the 1980s resulted in his acquittal, though it was later revealed that the trials had been tainted by jury tampering, juror misconduct, and witness intimidation. Law enforcement authorities continued gathering evidence against Gotti that helped lead to his downfall. According to Sammy Gravano, Gotti earned between $5–20 million per year during his tenure as Gambino boss.

 

Gotti’s underboss Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano is credited with the FBI’s success in finally convicting Gotti. In 1991, Gravano agreed to turn state’s evidence and testify for the prosecution against Gotti after hearing the boss making several disparaging remarks about Gravano on a wiretap that implicated them both in several murders. In 1992, Gotti was convicted of five murders, conspiracy to commit murder, racketeering, obstruction of justice, tax evasion, illegal gambling, extortion, and loansharking. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole and was transferred to United States Penitentiary, Marion in southern Illinois. While in prison, Gotti died of throat cancer on June 10, 2002, at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.

 

According to former Lucchese crime family boss Anthony “Gaspipe” Casso, “What John Gotti did was the beginning of the end of Cosa Nostra”.

10. Ephren Taylor

Net Worth: $10 million

Ephren Taylor II, devised a scheme to trick more than 400 people $16 million. He directed a nationwide Ponzi scheme that targeted church-goers. Taylor’s ‘Building Wealth’ tour, victimized hundreds of investors and leaving many of them financially ruined. At churches across the country he touted himself as a socially conscious investor, but his investment opportunities were nothing but a Ponzi scheme designed to build his own personal wealth. This sentencing brings a measure of justice to those who remain devastated by his actions.”

 

During this tour, Taylor falsely claimed that 20 percent of profits were donated to charity, according to investigators. More than 80 people from Georgia lost more than $2 million because of Taylor’s scheme. Taylor encouraged investors to use self-directed IRAs to make their investments. Many victims used their retirement savings to invest under the scheme, expecting these funds to be used to fund the investments pushed by Taylor.

 

But in late 2010, the scheme collapsed, and Taylor’s victims lost their investments. Taylor pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. He was sentenced to 19 years, seven months in federal prison.

11. Frank Abagnale

Net Worth: $10 million

Frank William Abagnale Jr. (born April 27, 1948) is an American security consultant known for his history as a former con man, check forger, and impostor between the ages of 15 and 21. He became one of the most famous impostors ever, claiming to have assumed no fewer than eight identities, including an airline pilot, a physician, a U.S. Bureau of Prisons agent, and a lawyer.

 

He escaped from police custody twice (once from a taxiing airliner and once from a U.S. federal penitentiary) before he was 21 years old. He served fewer than five years in prison before starting to work for the federal government. He is currently a consultant and lecturer for the FBI academy and field offices. He also runs Abagnale & Associates, a financial fraud consultancy company.

 

 

Abagnale’s life story inspired the Academy Award-nominated feature film Catch Me If You Can (2002), starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Abagnale and Tom Hanks as the FBI agent pursuing him, as well as a Broadway musical of that name and a TV series White Collar, which are based on his autobiography of the same name.

12. John Gotti Jr.

Net Worth: $10 million

John Angelo Gotti (born February 14, 1964) known as “Junior” Gotti, is an American mobster who was acting boss of the Gambino crime family from 1992 to 1999 after his father, John J. Gotti, was sent to prison. Between 2004 and 2009 Gotti was a defendant in four racketeering trials which all ended in mistrials. In January 2010, federal prosecutors announced that they would no longer seek to prosecute Gotti for those charges. He has been referred to as “Teflon Jr.” for evading conviction like his father.

 

According to federal prosecutors, Gotti was inducted into the Gambino crime family in 1988. He was named a caporegime (captain) in 1990, and is believed to be the youngest capo in the Gambino family’s history.

 

In 1998, Gotti was indicted under RICO, charging that he was not only the acting boss of the Gambino family, but received millions of dollars from numerous Gambino rackets. Many of the charges related to attempts to extort money from the owners and employees of Scores, an upscale strip club in Manhattan. Faced with overwhelming evidence, Gotti pleaded guilty to reduced charges of loansharking, bookmaking, extortion, and gave testimonial information against other mobsters such as John Alite. He was sentenced in 1999 to 77 months in prison and was released early in 2001. Gotti was found guilty on other charges in 2002 and sentenced again.

 

In 2004, months before he was released from prison, Gotti was charged in an 11-count racketeering indictment which included an alleged plot to kidnap Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, as well as securities fraud, extortion and loansharking. trial. In August 2008, Gotti was arrested and indicted on racketeering and murder conspiracy charges brought in Florida. The charges stemmed from an alleged drug trafficking ring Gotti operated along with former associate-turned informant John Alite, alleged step brother and right hand man Raymond B.

13. Sammy Gravano

Net Worth: $2 million

Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano (born March 12, 1945) is a former underboss of the Gambino crime family. He is known as the man who helped bring down John Gotti, the family’s boss, by agreeing to testify against him and other mobsters in a deal in which he confessed to involvement in 19 murders.

 

Originally a mobster for the Colombo crime family, and later for the Brooklyn faction of the Gambinos, Gravano was part of the group that murdered Gambino boss Paul Castellano in 1985. Gravano played a key role in planning and executing Castellano’s murder, along with John Gotti, Angelo Ruggiero, Frank DeCicco, and Joseph Armone. Five years after Castellano’s death, Gotti elevated Gravano to underboss, a position he held at the time he became a government witness. At the time, Gravano was the highest-ranking member of the Five Families to break his blood oath and cooperate with the government, as well as the second confessed underboss of an American crime family to turn informer.

 

His testimony drew a wave of Cosa Nostra members to also become government witnesses. Including time served, he was initially in prison for 5 years because of his state cooperation. However, in 2002, he was convicted of operating a large drug ring which led to him serving a further 15 years of a 17-year sentence. He was released early in 2017.

14. Freeway Rick Ross

Net Worth: $1 million

Ricky Donnell “Freeway Rick” Ross (born January 26, 1960) is an American author and convicted drug trafficker best known for the drug empire he established in Los Angeles, California, in the early to mid-1980s. He was sentenced to life in prison, though the sentence was shortened on appeal and Ross was released in 2009.

 

The nickname Freeway came from Ross owning properties along the Los Angeles Harbor Freeway and living next to Interstate 110. According to an October 2013 Esquire magazine article, “Between 1982 and 1989, federal prosecutors estimated, Ross bought and resold several metric tons of cocaine,” with Ross’s gross revenue claimed to be more than $900 million (equivalent to $2.7 billion in 2017) and profits of almost $300 million ($900 million in 2017). During the height of his drug dealing, Ross was said to have sold “$3 million in one day.” According to the East Bay Times, “In the course of his rise, prosecutors estimate that Ross exported several tons of cocaine to New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and made more than $600 million between 1983 and 1984.”

 

In 1996, Ross was sentenced to life imprisonment under the three-strikes law after being convicted for purchasing more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a federal agent in a sting operation. Later that year, a series of articles by journalist Gary Webb in the San Jose Mercury News revealed a connection between one of Ross’s cocaine sources, Danilo Blandón, and the CIA as part of the Iran–Contra affair. Having learned to read at the age of 28, during his first stint in prison, Ross spent much of his time behind bars studying the law. He eventually discovered a legal loophole that would lead to his release.

 

Ross’s case was brought to a federal court of appeals which found that the three-strikes law had been erroneously applied and reduced his sentence to 20 years. He was released from Federal Correctional Institution, Texarkana on September 29, 2009.

 

Ross was arrested in October 2015 on suspicion of possessing cash related to the sales of illegal drugs when police discovered $100,000 in his possession during a traffic stop. Ross later alleged that he had been racially profiled and stated that he was carrying a large amount of cash for the purchase of a home.

15. Hector “Junior” Pagan

Net Worth: $1 million

Hector “Junior” Pagan Jr. (born 1967) is a former associate of the Bonnano Crime Family who would become an informant. He is most notable for being the ex-husband of Renee Graziano, star of VH1’s Mob Wives. Renee Graziano is the daughter of notorious Bonnano consigliere Anthony Graziano.

 

Notorious for being a rat in the incarceration of his ex-wife’s father as well as the cousin of late costar Big Ang. On the featured show mob wives, The television show exposed pagan for explicitly violently threatening and harassing his ex-wife Renée Graziano. In getting his father-in-law convicted-pagan was equipped with a wristwatch with the wire hidden, provided by the FBI with his own given consent of cooperation.

16. Michael Franzese

Net Worth: $1 million

Michael Franzese (born May 27, 1951) is a former New York mobster and caporegime of the Colombo crime family who was heavily involved in the gasoline tax rackets in the 1980s. Since then, he has publicly renounced organized crime, become a devoted Christian, created a foundation for helping youth, and become a motivational speaker.

 

In 1985, Franzese was indicted on 14 counts of racketeering, counterfeiting and extortion from the gasoline bootlegging racket. In 1986, Franzese pleaded guilty to two counts. He was sentenced to ten years in federal prison with $14 million in restitution payments. During an interview with Patrick Bet-David, Franzese said that he was contacted by attorney Roy Cohn, who had ties to John Gotti, shortly after he was indicted. Cohn insisted that he would “squash the indictment” for $250,000. Franzese instead offered $1 million and told Cohn to obtain the money after he was found not guilty, however Cohn did not contact back, leaving Franzese to feel that Cohn’s offer was a scam attempt.

 

In December 1987, while in prison, Franzese decided to walk away from the Colombo family and organized crime. In 1989, Franzese was released from prison on parole after serving 43 months. Franzese moved to Los Angeles. Prosecutors considered Franzese to be a high-ranking member of the Colombo crime family and sought his cooperation against his former organized crime associates, however using deceptive tactics, Franzese did not cooperate.

 

On December 27, 1991, Franzese was sentenced in New York to four years in federal prison for violating the probation requirements from his 1989 release. Franzese had been arrested in Los Angeles on a tax fraud accusation and was sent back to New York for the probation hearing. In court, prosecutors complained that Franzese had only started making the balance of his court ordered restitution payments earlier that year. Per Franzese, the balance of his restitution payments were completed in 1993. Prosecutors also said Franzese was not considered by the government to be a cooperating witness. He was ultimately released in 1994, he retired from the mob in 1995 and moved to California to be with his wife and children, the relocation was also a result of receiving multiple death threats.

17. George Norman

Net Worth: $500 thousand

George I. Norman Jr., a millionaire financier, was convicted of siphoning $500,000 from a Denver bank to finance his lavish style of living. His arrest was the end of his disappearing act that endured almost a quarter century, answering escape-related charges in Federal Court. He evaded capture by relying on aliases, paying bills in cash and operating out of rented mailboxes and a mobile home.

 

Mr. Norman had not only survived, but had also thrived by going underground and plying the private country club scene, with its tennis courts, swimming pools, card rooms and golf courses. Mr. Norman’s arrest record, which dated to the 1950’s, included auto theft, blackmail, conspiracy to commit fraud, forgery, robbery and assault and battery. He defrauded scores of people of millions of dollars.

18. Lee D’Avanzo

Net Worth: $500 thousand

Lee D’Avanzo, is the former leader of the New Springville Boys, a ragtag group of wannabe wise guys whom the government would later characterize as a “farm team” for the Bonannocrime family.

 

He was a meaty tough guy with a cleft chin, piercing eyes, and jet-black hair. A cousin of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, he was the son of a car thief and loan shark who was killed in 1977 after trying to run down an FBI agent.

 

He was engaged in ripping off banks’ night deposit boxes, burglarizing stores, breaking into drug dealers’ homes, loan-sharking operations among other crimes.

19. Nicky Barnes

Net Worth: $500 thousand

Leroy Nicholas Barnes (born October 15, 1933) is an American former crime boss, active in New York City during the 1970s. Barnes left home early to escape his abusive alcoholic father, turning to drug dealing for income. Barnes himself became addicted to heroin for several years in his 20s until spending time in jail, when he ended his addiction. Barnes was sent to prison in 1965 for low-level drug dealing. However ,his conviction overturned on a technicality. On his return to New York City, Barnes began to assemble his personnel, and began cutting and packaging heroin.

 

In 1972, to deal more efficiently with other black gangsters Barnes formed The Council, a seven-man African-American organized crime syndicate that controlled a significant part of the heroin trade in the Harlem area of New York City. Council was modelled after the Italian-American Mafia families, where it settled disputes among the criminals, handled distribution problems and other drug trade related issues.

 

By 1976, Barnes’ operation spread throughout all of New York State and into Pennsylvania and Canada. According to DEA records, Barnes’ operation in 1976 consisted of seven lieutenants, who each controlled a dozen mid-level distributors, who in turn supplied upwards of 40 street level dealers each.

 

Barnes set up front companies to protect some of his assets, such as numerous car dealerships, which appeared to be rented through those companies. The DEA eventually discovered the true ownership of the companies and seized the cars, including a Bentley, a Citroën SM, a Maserati, a Mercedes-Benz, a yellow Volvo, and several Cadillacs, Lincoln Continentals, and Ford Thunderbirds. Barnes’ net worth had reached over $50 million at the height of his career.

 

A New York Times article estimated Barnes purchased hundreds of tailor-made suits, Italian shoes, coats, and jewelry, which alone was valued at over $7 million. During this time Barnes had become the dominant drug lord in Harlem, and was given the name “Mr. Untouchable” after successfully beating numerous charges and arrests. It is believed while under surveillance, Barnes would often make pointless stops and go on high-speed chases with little purpose other than to aggravate those following him.

 

Barnes led The Council into an international drug trafficking ring, in partnership with the Italian-American Mafia, until his arrest in 1978. Barnes was sentenced to life imprisonment, eventually becoming a federal informant that led to the collapse of The Council in 1983.

20. Charles Manson

Net Worth: $400 thousand

Charles Milles Manson (November 12, 1934 – November 19, 2017) was an American criminal and cult leader. In the late 1960s, he formed what became known as the Manson Family, a quasi-commune in California. Manson’s followers committed a series of nine murders at four locations in July and August 1969. In 1971, he was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder for the deaths of seven people, all of which members of the group carried out at his instruction. Manson was also convicted of first-degree murder for two other deaths.

 

At the time the Manson Family began to form, Manson was an unemployed ex-convict who had spent half of his life in correctional institutions for a variety of offenses. Before the murders, he was a singer-songwriter on the fringe of the Los Angeles music industry, chiefly through a chance association with Dennis Wilson, drummer and founding member of the Beach Boys. Manson believed in what he called “Helter Skelter”, a term he took from the Beatles’ song of the same name to describe an impending apocalyptic race war. He believed the murders would help precipitate that war. The Beach Boys recorded one of his songs, “Cease to Exist”, under the title “Never Learn Not to Love”. It was released as a B-sided single in 1968 without crediting Manson.

 

From the beginning of Manson’s notoriety, a pop culture arose around him in which he ultimately became an emblem of insanity, violence, and the macabre. After he was charged with the crimes of which he was later convicted, recordings of songs written and performed by Manson were released commercially, starting with Lie: The Love and Terror Cult (1970). Various musicians have covered some of his songs. Manson was originally sentenced to death, but his sentence was commuted to life with the possibility of parole after California invalidated the state’s death penalty statute in 1972. He served out his life sentence at California State Prison in Corcoran and died at age 83 in 2017.

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Net Worth:

$120 Million

Age:

31

Born:

October 24, 1986

Country of Origin:

Canada

Source of Wealth:

Rapper/Actor

Last Updated:

2018

Aubrey Drake Graham (born October 24, 1986) is a Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. His rapping ability has been noted as “polarizing”, and has contributed to him being named one of the most divisive rappers of his generation by multiple critics and media publications.

 

Drake initially gained recognition as an actor on the teen drama television series Degrassi: The Next Generation in the early 2000s. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, he departed the series in 2007 following the release of his debut mixtape, Room for Improvement. He released two further independent projects, Comeback Season and So Far Gone, before signing to Lil Wayne’s Young Money Entertainment in June 2009. Drake released his debut studio album Thank Me Later in 2010, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and was soon certified platinum. His next two releases, 2011’s Take Care and 2013’s Nothing Was the Same, were critically and commercially successful; the former earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. In 2015, he released two mixtapes—the trap-influenced If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and a collaboration with Future titled What a Time to Be Alive—both of which earned platinum certification in the U.S.

 

His fourth album, Views (2016), broke several chart records. The dancehall-influenced album sat atop the Billboard 200 for 13 nonconsecutive weeks, becoming the first album by a male solo artist to do so in over 10 years. The album’s second single, “One Dance”, topped the charts in several countries, and became his first number-one single as a lead artist. That year, Drake led both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard 200 charts simultaneously for eight weeks. Views achieved quadruple platinum status in the US, and earned over 1 million album-equivalent units in the first week of its release.  Its lead single “Hotline Bling” received Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Performance and Best Rap Song.  In 2017, he released the mixtape More Life. Described by Drake as a “playlist”, it became his seventh consecutive number one on the Billboard 200, and set multiple streaming records.  A year later, he released the double album Scorpion, which also broke several streaming records, and housed the number-one singles “God’s Plan”, and the bounce-infused “Nice for What” and “In My Feelings”.

 

As an entrepreneur, Drake has founded the OVO Sound record label with longtime collaborator 40, as well as using the “OVO” moniker to create a clothing line and program on Beats 1 Radio.

 

Drake holds several Billboard chart records. He has the most charted songs (186) among solo artists in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, the most simultaneously charted Hot 100 songs in a single week, the most time on the Hot 100 (431 weeks) and the most Hot 100 debuts in a week (22). He also has the most number one singles on the Hot Rap Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay and Rhythmic Charts. Drake has also won three Juno Awards, six American Music Awards, and fifteen Billboard Music Awards. He is the RIAA’s top certified digital singles artist and one of the world’s best-selling music artists, with more than 95 million records sold globally.

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Net Worth:

$190 Million

Age:

45

Born:

October 17, 1972

Country of Origin

United States of America

Source of Wealth:

Rapper/Hip Hop Artist

Last Updated

2018

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time in any genre, with Rolling Stone ranking him 83rd on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and labelling him the “King of Hip Hop”.

 

After his debut album Infinite (1996) and then Slim Shady EP (1997), Eminem signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and subsequently achieved mainstream popularity in 1999 with The Slim Shady LP, which earned him his first Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. His next two releases, 2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP and 2002’s The Eminem Show, were worldwide successes, with each being certified diamond in U.S. sales and both winning Best Rap Album Grammy Awards—making Eminem the first artist to win the award for three consecutive LPs. They were followed by Encore in 2004, another critical and commercial success. Eminem went on hiatus after touring in 2005, releasing Relapse in 2009 and Recovery in 2010. Both won Grammy Awards and Recovery was the best-selling album of 2010 worldwide, the second time he had the international best-selling album of the year (after The Eminem Show). Eminem’s eighth album, 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, won two Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album; it expanded his record for the most wins in that category and his Grammy total to 15. These were followed by 2017’s Revival and 2018’s Kamikaze.

 

In addition to his solo career, Eminem is an original member of the Midwest hip hop groups Soul Intent and D12. He is also known for his collaborations with fellow Detroit-based rapper Royce da 5’9″; the two are collectively known as Bad Meets Evil. Eminem has developed other ventures, including Shady Records, with manager Paul Rosenberg, which helped launch the careers of artists such as 50 Cent. Eminem has also established his own channel, Shade 45, on Sirius XM Radio. In November 2002, he starred in the hip hop film 8 Mile, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Lose Yourself”, becoming the first rap artist to ever win the award. Eminem has made cameo appearances in the films The Wash (2001), Funny People (2009), and The Interview (2014), and the television series Entourage (2010).

 

Eminem is the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the United States. Throughout his career, he has had 10 number-one albums on the Billboard 200 and five number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100. He is the only artist to have nine albums consecutively debut at number one on the Billboard 200. With more than 47.4 million albums and 107.5 million singles sold in the U.S. and 220 million records globally, Eminem is among the world’s best-selling artists of all time.

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