10 Most Famous Gangsters in the World
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.
Born: July 4, 1902, Grodno, Belarus
Gangster Names: The "Mob's Accountant"
Meyer Lansky is one of the few world famous gangsters who didn't originate from either the USA, England or Italy. Instead, he was born as Maier Suchowljansky in what is now Belarus, before moving to New York at the age of nine. While in America, Lansky helped to form the Bugs and Meyer Mob (which later became known as Murder, Incorporated) and the National Crime Syndicate with two other gangsters.
This man's strength was in finances - he grew a gambling empire which stretched around the world, and he even ran a Swiss bank to cover up his dodgy dealings. He even ordered the death of one of the aforementioned 'friends' and fellow gangsters after he failed to make a profit for the group. Despite all his underhand activity, Lansky has got to be regarded as one of the craftiest gangsters that ever did live, as he never spent a day in prison.