There are many who would argue crime doesn’t pay. Although living the high life can last a very short time for gangsters, when it comes to spending money they know how it’s done. Often the problem with your main income coming from illegal activities is finding more and more creative ways to move it on.
In these following cases, the majority of the notorious gangsters who appear here know that keeping a few million in cash to one side for a rainy day is a very good option indeed. No matter how much cash you have stuffed away, even when it’s in the millions, the law will always catch up with you. Here are ten facts about notorious gangsters and their money that will make your jaw drop.
10. El Chapo Paid $50 Million To Escape Prison
Mexican billionaire, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, was the leader of world’s biggest narcotics cartel. In 2009, he featured on Forbes’ billionaire rich list with an estimated net worth of $1 billion, his inclusion angered many Mexicans who saw this as glorifying a feared criminal – considering he has the blood of almost 70,000 people on his hands.
On 22 February 2014, El Chapo was sent to a maximum-security prison in Almoloya de Juárez, State of Mexico – he was flown there directly by a SWAT team in a Black Hawk helicopter, as the chances of an ambush were extremely high. The prison is notoriously restricted; the cells do not have windows, inmates are not allowed to interact with one another, and there is no permission to contact family members.
Then in January 2015, El Chapo successfully escaped through a custom-built, mile-long tunnel. The tunnel had been constructed with adequate ventilation, a motorcycle was attached to rails at the end of the tunnel and the exit had been hidden under an unfinished home. Pablo Escobar’s former top hit man, Jhon Jairo Velasquez Vasquez, estimated that the total cost of bribes to prison officers and government officials would have been around the $50 million mark.