10 Most Famous Gangsters in the World

Added by Edan Barak on Sep 4, 2021

Meyer Lansky

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.


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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