Drugs dealing is one of the deadliest, riskiest, most unsafe but quickest way of making a lot of money. People who have engaged in real time drug smuggling in the past and present have used this medium to amass a lot of wealth for themselves and family that would last them a lifetime or even more.
It is one profession you do not need a college degree or any degree to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful persons on earth, but it is also the kinda profession where people are trying to kill you every day, and if you manage to escape that, you are hunted for by the DEA.
Drug dealers in the past are known to be notorious, deadly and cunning, leaving no chances to anyone or anything that could affect their business, as there is always competition for power and who gains the larger share of the market. So, who are the wealthiest drug dealers of all time? We have compiled a list of 16 of the richest and deadliest drug kingpins, and you’ll be shocked by their various estimated net worth.
The 16 Richest Drug Dealers of all Time
16. José Figueroa Agosto – Net Worth: $100 Million
José Figueroa Agosto also is known as “José David Figueroa Agosto”, “Junior Capsula” and “the Don Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean” is a Puerto Rican
drug trafficker and smuggler, born June 28, 1964. He is the head of a major drug trafficking organization that made 90% of cocaine in Puerto Rico.
Considered to be one of the most dangerous drug dealers of Puerto Rico, José Figueroa Agosto is number one on the most wanted fugitive in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. He is married and is a father of four.
15. Paul Lir Alexander – Net Worth: $170 Million
Paul Lir Alexander is the richest drug dealers in Brazil having a net worth of over $170 million. Also known as El Parito Loco, Paul Lir Alexander was born in Santa Catarina in 1956, he later joined military service in the Israeli Army and the Mossad. It is rather ironic to know that this drug lord once worked as an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) before becoming the leader of a drug-smuggling ring in Brazil.
Alexander was arrested in 1993 by the DEA and spent 17 years in prison. After he was released from jail, He was arrested again in Brazil, and sentenced to 42 years’ imprisonment before disappearing while on a temporary release from a Brazilian prison in 2010.
14. Zhenli Ye Gon – Net Worth: $300 Million
Born January 31, 1963, in Shanghai, China, Zhenli Ye Gon is a Chinese-Mexican businessman currently under suspicion of trafficking pseudoephedrine or ephedrine precursor chemicals into Mexico from Asia. Ye Gon became a Mexican citizen in 2002 and is a highly recognized wealthy businessman in Mexico, and having no criminal records. He was alleged to be a member of the Sinaloa Cartel, but he denied all allegations of the fact.
However, in October of 2016, Ye Gon was extradited to Mexico, after nine years of fighting extradition to Mexico from an American prison.
13. Joseph Kennedy – Net Worth: $400 Million
Joseph Kennedy was an American businessman, politician, and investor, but what you didn’t know was that he was also one of the most notorious criminals of all time. He used his connections and wealth to increase his net worth by millions during his forbode. Like any other drug baron, Kennedy sold a bootleg of alcohol to people who weren’t allowed to have it.
It was also alleged that he once raped a woman so he could frame someone else to eliminate the competition. He was friends with some of the most dangerous and most influential drugs and crime families in the world.
12. Rafael Caro Quintero – Net Worth: $650 Million
Rafael Caro Quintero was born on October 3, 1952. He is a Mexican drug trafficker and a co-founder of the now-disintegrated Guadalajara Cartel with Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo and other drug traffickers in the 1970s. He is the brother of a fellow drug trafficker, Miguel Caro Quintero, the founder and former leader of the defunct Sonora Cartel.
Also known as “Narco of Narcos”, Rafael Caro Quintero was responsible for the kidnapping and murder of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, Camarena’s pilot Alfredo Zavala Avelar, the American writer John Clay Walker, and dentistry student Alberto Radelat in 1985. He is currently wanted by the U.S, Mexico and several other countries with a huge $20 million bounty for his arrest.
11. Joaquín Loera AKA Chapo Guzman – Net Worth: $1 Billion
Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera A.K.A “El Chappo” is a Mexican drug dealer and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, an international crime syndicate.
He was once seen as the most dangerous drug trafficker in the world. Born 4 April 1957, Guzmán was raised in a poor farming family and endured physical abuse at the hands of his father. He began his drug trafficking during his early adulthood through his father by growing marijuana for local dealers. He founded his own drug cartel in 1988 as the leader of the dreadful Sinaloa Cartel.
Guzman managed the operations of his cartel and was producing massive tons of cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin, smuggling them into and distributed throughout the United States and Europe, the world’s largest users.