All of you would be very well aware that to become rich, you need to enter into some great business—be it for the good or the bad. There is one such business which makes a common man the richest in the world. Yes, what we talking about is the drug business. Listed here are the 10 richest drug lords who are still shining in the market of drug business.

Top 10 Richest Drug Lords


Frank Lucas

Place of birth: North Carolina, United States

Net worth: $52 billion

This man was born in 1930 and was the drug "Kingpin" who constructed into this international drug market with all his business expanding from New York to the South of East Asia. He took up monopoly drug marketing from the Italian mafia. He was in the line of selling illegal drugs, heroine and more. His brand “Mean Machine” has captured lots of drug users, by which he made hefty profit.


Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar

Place of birth: Allahabad district, India

Net worth: $6.7 billion

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar tops the list of richest drug lords. This Indian crime and drug lord was linked to the political bombing happened in Mumbai in 1993 , which took lives of more than 250 people. Hewas also linked to Osama Bin Laden, and the organization “Goldman Sachs of organized crime” he runs is very famous. Besides his drug operation, he still runs things like counterfeiting arms, terrorism, film industry financing, and extortion works. His substantial revenue comes from Bollywood as well.


Ochoa Brothers

Place of birth: Medellin, Columbia

Net worth: $6 billion

As we know Columbia is a big country in drug dealing. Let's take a look at who the richest Colombian drug lord is. Three brothers, Jorge, Juan and Fabio, who were from the upper middle class and well educated, too, were all in the line of drug selling and made a huge fortune up to $6 billion. They are known for their special team work to make revenue. They were arrested in 1991 and were out of prison in 1996. In 1999, the youngest brother was arrested again and sentenced to jail for 30 years. 


Gilberto Rodríguez Orejuela

Place of birth: Mariquita, Tolima

Net worth: $3 billion

Gilberto Orejuela is a Colombian drug lord. He has earned lots of money along with his brother by trafficking cocaine to the US during 1990s. He runs the Orejuela brothers’ drug business and is the largest supplier of cocaine to many countries, which makes him the most notorious and richest drug lord ever. He was convicted in September, 2006 for his conspiracy in money laundering and was sentenced to thirty years in federal prison.


Carlos Enrique Lehder Rivas

Place of birth: Armenia, Colombia

Net worth: $2.7 billion

Here comes the second Colombian drug lord on this list. Co-founder of Medellin Cartel, Rivas is the son of a German father and a Colombian mother. He used to do cocaine business, and he commandeered one small island in Bahamas, where he used to supply drugs to many places, and he also commanded the veritable drug smuggling base which has a complete set of armed troops and multiple hangers. He used the private planes for smuggling business. He was sentenced to life plus 135 years in 1987 but was offered testimony later in 1992, which makes his life sentence reduced to 55 years.


Rafael Caro Quintero

Place of birth: Mexico

Net worth: $650 million

Here comes the first Mexican drug lord. Rafael Caro Quintero is the oldest among his four brothers. He was primarily into the business of marijuana and he has many farms in Sonora where he can reap the plants. He also sells cocaine and methamphetamine and makes plenty of dollars from this business. In 1980, he along with his brothers ingratiated with the local government and law enforcement to such an extent that they were able to operate and function with impunity. And the only reason why that could work is that they invested a large amount of money to improve the community for various financing activities like real estate and construction projects. However, this Mexican drug lord was still sentenced to jail for 40 years in 1985.


George Jung

Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts, United states

Net worth: $100 million

George Jung is one of the richest drug deallers and is well known for being portrayed by Johnny Depp in the movie “Blow” in 2001. He was a cocaine seller in the Medellin Cartel and made money when he was in power, he made lot of money and supplied cocaine to many parts of United States. He has made 100 millions at least and he bought many houses with his money instead of just storing them. He was taught coke smuggling by his cellmate Carlos Lehder while he was in prison. In November 2014, he has been slated for release.


Freeway Rick Ross

Place of birth: Troup, Texas, United States

Net worth: $52 million

Freeway Rick Ross, original name Ricky Donnell Ross, is known as a celebrity to be precise. His role behind the cocaine crack distribution in 1980 is true and genuine, and he was the cocaine supplier that led to the death of several millions of people in 1999, making piles of dollars out of it. He has been into drug selling since 19 years old. In fact, we can say he is the one who has created this addiction in LA. His crack factory can produce and sell drugs of 2-3 millions of dollars on a daily basis.


Khun SA

Place of birth: Myanmar

Net worth: $5 million

Also known as the drug lord of Myanmar, Khun SA has been into this field ever since 1974 and spent two decades minting money from drug trafficking. He covers three regions: Laos, Thailand and Myanmar, and he makes money from this field like as if no one else has made it. He has also built the largest heroine empire in this world. As he is the richest drug lord, he openly mocks at the hypocrisy of American drug war and challenges the US government to purchase his opium. He, however, surrendered to the Myanmar authorities in 1996, and what happened to him later is known by little.


Griselda Blanco

Place of birth: Cartagena, Colombia

Net worth: $2 million

As another Colombian drug lord and the only female on the list, Griselda Blanco is the cocaine god mother and is one of the most dangerous and vicious drug lords of all time. She was a prolific smuggler who used to run cocaine business in many places like Miami, Southern California and New York. She was known for her shipping cocaine of 150 kilograms in 1975 - the largest coke shipping ever. She has murdered more than 200 people while she was in this business. She was sent to prison in 1985 and later released in 2004.


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  • Aztec WarriorNov.12 17:31
    Who is Escobar to the Cali Cartel? Rodriquez family ran Colombia. Know your facts and do the right research. But the real winner is El Chapo. Your welcome
  • DaveNov.12 14:21
    Ok this list is just wrong Listing a drug dealer worth 2 million Even guys who successfully deal Drugs for a year have more than that This is a cut and paste job from the Wrong source
  • Frank RayOct.19 22:21
    I'm guessing that what Frank Lucas made in his time is worth that today.
  • JpattJul.14 19:33
    This list is a joke, frank Lucas was worth $52 billion?!?! So he is the richest man in the world right? This list while entertaining is chock full of embellishments and inaccuracies. If u want to make a list please put just a little effort into making it accurate and contain at least a kettle historical facts
  • Judith WentworthJul.5 06:44
    That's what they could prove she was worth at time of arrests she is worth a hell of alot more than that
  • Akash SharmaMay.6 05:29
    Dawood Ibrahim birth place is Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra. Please correct your information
  • NickFeb.10 14:22
    This list might not be accurate but this was a list of drug dealers and smugglers still alive read the top
  • SixJan.11 20:16
    No way Griselda Blanco was worth 2M! She was Pablo Escobar's distributor in the US. Pablo escobar was estimated to be worth north of $20B. This list needs to be reviewed.
  • maa jonesJan.6 21:09
    This list is incredibly inaccurate and laughable. Whoever wrote this did no historical research into the topic. Escobar, Amada Carillo Fuentes, El Chapo, El Mayo are just four people off the top of my head are wealthier than anyone on this list. Caro Quinitero also had much more than 650mm. This list is completely fabricated and embellished.
  • cocachemistDec.25 23:32
    Nowadays chemists are the most respected in the drug business. Columbia will always have the best coffee and cocaine due to altitude. But a chemist in the US bypasses smuggling risks. I started an operation smuggling pain pills on wave runners from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau and back. Needed plenty of extra fuel and if you broke down you are dead in the largest liquid desert in the world. If I get back into this I'll be a chemist, set my limit and quit. No one lasts in this business. Good luck.
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