10 Most Famous Gangsters in the World

Added by Edan Barak on Sep 4, 2021

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.


Carlo Gambino

Born: August 24, 1902, Palermo, Italy

Carlo Gambino was a true gangster through and through. He was born straight into a Sicilian Mafia family, so it was in his blood! As a result, it's hardly surprising that he got involved with crime and gang-related activities at a very young age. By the age of 19, he had already been appointed a full member of the Mafia (otherwise known as a 'made man'), which is quite a feat for someone so young! Later the same year he moved to New York where his career really took off.

After quite some time of living a gangster life, eventually Gambino killed Albert Anastasia - the boss of the world famous Luciano crime family. Gambino stepped up to the plate and took hold of the reins, becoming the boss himself in 1957. In the world of gangsters, reputation and ego play a large role, so naturally the crime family was renamed after its new leader. It became the Gambino family, which was run by the man himself for a very impressive 22 years before his death.

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