10 Most Famous Gangsters in the World

Added by Edan Barak on Apr 5, 2019

Frank Costello

Born: January 26, 1891, Cassano all'Ionio, Italy
Gangster Names: Frank "the Prime Minister" Costello

In Italy a boy was born and named Francesco Castiglia. At the age of four his family moved to New York, which set in motion a series of events which led to him becoming one of the world's most famous gangsters. Frank Costello, as he became known as a little later in life, became friends with other gangster-to-be Charlie Luciano as a child. From then on, Costello made his name in bootlegging and gambling, working for huge New York gangs such as the Morello gang, the Lower East Side gang and the Luciano family.

Frank Costello rose so much through the ranks of his fellow gangsters that eventually he became the leader of the Luciano family, one of New York's most powerful 'Five Families'. Perhaps mush of his success can be put down to the fact that he also had a lot of influence within the political world. Clearly, Frank Costello was a very sharp businessman and a ruthless gangster. After all, he didn't earn his nickname of "The Prime Minister of the Underworld" for nothing!


Al Capone

Born: January 17, 1899, Brooklyn, New York, US
Gangster Names: Scarface

Without a shadow of a doubt, Al Capone (otherwise known as "Scarface") is the most famous gangster in the world. He turned to a life of crime after being expelled from school at the age of 14 for assaulting a teacher - surely that was a warning sign of things to come. From then on, he joined the Five Points Gang in New York, and made millions from prostitution and brothels, violent behaviour and bootlegging during the prohibition era.

The 1929 Saint Valentine's Day Massacre is believed to be the brainchild of Al Capone, which should give you a hint of the lengths he was willing to go to for power. Of course, it stands to reason that one of the most famous gangsters in the world should spend some time in one of the most famous prisons in the world, and that's exactly what happened to Al Capone. He was sent to Alcatraz for a number of years, but was let out eight years before his death. He suffered from very ill health at the end of his life, both mental and physical. Clearly he was a very sharp man to have achieved so much success during his lifetime, so it's a shame to see it all go to waste!

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