10 Most Famous Gangsters in the World

Added by Edan Barak on Apr 5, 2019

John Dillinger

Born: June 22, 1903, Indianapolis, Indiana, US
Gangster Names: Gentleman John, The Jackrabbit

You've probably heard of John Dillinger from Johnny Depp's portrayal of him in the 2009 film Public Enemies. If he was famous enough for a Hollywood megastar to take on his role, then he's definitely famous enough for this list! John Dillinger was active in America during the time of the Depression; he was most famous as a gangster and bank robber. His life was very short (he was shot and killed when he was just 31 years old), but he certainly managed to pack a lot in to his time on Earth. As well as all his criminal activities, he broke out of prison twice, and even had a relationship lasting three years with his stepmother. Did the man have no morals?


Pablo Escobar

Born: December 1, 1949, Rionegro, Colombia
Gangster Names: El Doctor, El Patrón, Don Pablo, El Señor

Pablo Escobar is the gangster on this list who was alive most recently. Otherwise known as "The King of Cocaine", Escobar ran the Medellin Cartel. He was an incredibly powerful drug lord, running his empire during the 1970s and 80s. It only came to an end in 1993 when he was shot and killed, although nobody is quite sure whether it was suicide or whether he was shot by police. The mystery continues! A few years before his death, he was believed to be one of the wealthiest criminals ever, with an estimated net worth of $3 billion according to Forbes magazine.

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