Gangsters

Gangsters might be criminals in the eyes of law, but when it comes to their mass appeal they are no less than celebrities! The aura of mystery that shrouds gangsters imparts a tinge of glamour to them and whets our interest to learn more about these elusive figures. Jesse Woodson James, probably one of the most notorious gangsters of the later part of the 19th century, continues to be one of the most iconic American outlaw, bank and train robber, and gang leader. He not only enjoyed celebrity status in life, but also became a legendary figure of the Wild West after his death. Chinese mobster Du Yuesheng was another gangster who was elevated to celebrity status and is often depicted in popular culture despite media on Du and his exploits being officially banned in China. Gangsters have been operating all over the world from the past several centuries. Paul Carbone, Auguste Ricord, and Lucien Sarti are among the most notorious gangsters of European origins. Even though most of the gangsters are men, female mobsters like Sandra Ávila Beltrán, Claudia Ochoa Felix, and Rosetta Cutolo prove that women should not be underestimated! Read on to know about the most notorious gangsters of all time!

 1 Pablo Escobar

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Famous As: Colombian Drug Lord
Birthdate: December 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Colombian
Died: December 2, 1993

A notorious Colombian drug lord, Pablo Escobar was the founder and leader of the infamous Medellín Cartel. His drug cartel monopolized the cocaine trade into the United States and he became one of the wealthiest criminals ever in history. Dubbed "The King of Cocaine", he left behind a controversial legacy upon his death at the age of 44.

 2 Al Capone

Al Capone
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 25, 1947

Al Capone, also known by the nickname Scarface, was one of the most notorious American gangsters who controlled the organised crime in Chicago between 1925 and 1931. He was known for violence and cruelty in eliminating rival gang members, the most infamous incident being the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. His life inspired numerous books and films.

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 3 Ronald Kray

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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: October 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British
Died: March 17, 1995

Ronald Kray was a British criminal involved in organized crime in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s. Along with his twin brother, Reggie, he ran a gang that was notorious for committing murders, armed robberies, and arson among other criminal activities. The brothers were arrested in 1968 and sentenced to life imprisonment.

 4 Frank Lucas

Frank Lucas
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: September 9, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: May 30, 2019
Frank Lucas was a notorious drug trafficker from the 1960s and the 1970s. Legends state that he bought drugs from the "Golden Triangle" and smuggled them into the U.S. using the coffins of servicemen. His 70-year prison sentence was commuted to a 5-year sentence, after he became an informant.
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 5 Henry Hill

Henry Hill
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: June 11, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 12, 2012
Henry Hill was a mobster from New York’s Lucchese crime family, who later testified against his former associates. His life inspired the book Wiseguy: Life in a Mafia Family and the film Goodfellas. He was associated with crimes such as gambling, drug trafficking, and high-profile robberies at the JFK Airport.

 6 Lucky Luciano

Lucky Luciano
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: November 11, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: January 26, 1962

An Italian-born gangster, Lucky Luciano is regarded as the father of modern organized crime in the US; he served as the first boss of the Genovese crime family. He also played a key role in the rise of the National Crime Syndicate. His life and style inspired several films, television series, and books. His eponymous biopic was released in 1973.

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 7 Michael Franzese

Michael Franzese
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Famous As: Crime Boss
Birthdate: May 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Michael Franzese's story of being an influential member of the Colombo crime family to becoming a motivational speaker and writer inspired several works of art, including Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas where he was played by actor Joseph Bono. In 1986, he was named in Fortune magazine's list of Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses.

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 8 Dawood Ibrahim

Dawood Ibrahim
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: December 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

A mobster and drug dealer most wanted by India, Dawood Ibrahim heads the organized crime syndicate popularluy known as D-Company. He was named No.3 on The World's 10 Most Wanted Fugitives by the FBI in 2011. He is wanted on the charges of terrorism, murder, targeted killing, extortion, and drug trafficking among other crimes.

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 9 Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly
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Famous As: Bushranger
Birthdate: May 31, 1855
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian
Died: November 11, 1880

The Robin Hood of Australia for many and villain for others, Ned Kelly become immortal not just for his murderous confrontation with the police, but also for his reported last words “such is life”. The bushranger and outlaw remains a cult figure in Australia even a century after his execution. His sympathizers considered his as a champion of the poor.

 10 Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Australian

 11 Bugsy Siegel

Bugsy Siegel
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: February 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: June 20, 1947

Notorious mobster Bugsy Siegel held significant influence within the Italian-American Mafia and was regarded as a “celebrity gangster.” Good-looking and charismatic, he was an enigmatic figure. He played a key role in the development of the Las Vegas Strip. Noted for his prowess with guns, he met a grisly end when he was shot dead in 1947.

 12 Joe Gallo

Joe Gallo
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: April 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: April 7, 1972

Italian-American gangster Joe Gallo, nicknamed "Crazy Joe,” was part of New York’s Colombo crime family. Initially an associate of the Profaci crime family, Gallo was later involved in the First Colombo War. He was suspected of launching an attack on Joseph Colombo and was shot dead on his 43rd birthday.

 13 Meyer Lansky

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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: July 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: January 15, 1983
Meyer Lansky, or the "Mob's Accountant,” was key to the formation of the National Crime Syndicate along with Charles "Lucky" Luciano. A member of the Jewish mob, he built a worldwide gambling empire that included casinos in Las Vegas. Hyman Roth from The Godfather Part II was based on him.

 14 Mickey Cohen

Mickey Cohen
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: September 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: July 29, 1976

Mickey Cohen was a gangster who became involved with the Chicago Outfit before running multiple businesses like casinos, nightclubs, gas stations, and floral shops. His association with the underworld and his violent methods make him a popular choice for gangster character in crime films; he has been portrayed by popular actors in films like Bugsy, L.A. Confidential, and Gangster Squad.

 15 Carlo Gambino

Carlo Gambino
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 24, 1902
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: October 15, 1976

 16 Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo

Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo
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Famous As: Drug Lord
Birthdate: August 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Mexican

 17 Frank Costello

Frank Costello
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Famous As: Crime Boss
Birthdate: January 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 18, 1973

 18 Anthony Spilotro

Anthony Spilotro
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: May 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: June 14, 1986

 19 Stanley Williams

Stanley Tookie Williams
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Famous As: Murderer
Birthdate: December 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: December 13, 2005

 20 Anthony Salerno

Anthony Salerno
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: August 15, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: July 27, 1992

 21 Velupillai Prabhakaran

Velupillai Prabhakaran
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Birthdate: November 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Sri Lankan
Died: May 19, 2009

 22 Dutch Schultz

Dutch Schultz
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: August 6, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 1935

 23 Frank Nitti

Frank Nitti
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 27, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: March 19, 1943

 24 Albert Anastasia

Albert Anastasia
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: September 26, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: October 25, 1957

 25 Veerappan

Veerappan
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Famous As: Indian criminal
Birthdate: January 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: October 18, 2004

 26 Sam Giancana

Sam Giancana
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: June 15, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: June 19, 1975

 27 Paul Vario

Paul Vario
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: July 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 3, 1988

 28 Salvatore Maranzano

Salvatore Maranzano
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Famous As: Mafia Boss
Birthdate: July 31, 1886
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 10, 1931

 29 Haji Mastan

Haji Mastan
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Famous As: Gangster, Smuggler
Birthdate: March 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian
Died: May 9, 1994

 30 Anthony Provenzano

Anthony Provenzano
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: May 7, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 12, 1988

 31 Carmine Persico

Carmine Persico
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Famous As: Boss of the Colombo Crime Family
Birthdate: August 8, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: March 7, 2019

 32 Roy DeMeo

Roy DeMeo
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: September 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 10, 1983

 33 John Franzese

John Franzese
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Famous As: Crime Boss
Birthdate: February 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian

 34 Johnny Torrio

Johnny Torrio
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 20, 1882
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 16, 1957

 35 Danny Greene

Danny Greene
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: November 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: October 6, 1977

 36 Angelo Bruno

Angelo Bruno
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: May 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: March 21, 1980

 37 Joseph Colombo

Joseph Colombo
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Famous As: Mafia Boss
Birthdate: June 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1978

 38 Joseph Bonanno

Joseph Bonanno
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: January 18, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: May 11, 2002

 39 Virginia Hill

Virginia Hill
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: August 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: March 24, 1966

 40 Tony Accardo

Tony Accardo
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: April 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 22, 1992

 41 Ma Barker

Ma Barker
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Famous As: Matriarch of the Barker Family
Birthdate: October 8, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 16, 1935

 42 Carmine Galante

Carmine Galante
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Famous As: Drug Trafficker
Birthdate: February 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: July 12, 1979

 43 Joe Masseria

Joe Masseria
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Famous As: Mafia Boss
Birthdate: January 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: April 15, 1931

 44 Sundance Kid

Sundance Kid
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: 1867 AD
Nationality: American
Died: November 7, 1908

 45 Nicodemo Scarfo

Nicodemo Scarfo
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: March 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: January 13, 2017

 46 Joseph Massino

Joseph Massino
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Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 47 Frank Cullotta

Frank Cullotta
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Famous As: Gangster
Birthdate: December 14, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: August 20, 2020

 48 Frank Capone

Frank Capone
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Famous As: Mobster, Gangster
Birthdate: July 16, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: April 1, 1924

 49 Dean O'Banion

Dean O'Banion
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Famous As: Mobster
Birthdate: July 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: November 10, 1924

 50 Željko Ražnatović

Željko Ražnatović
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Famous As: Military commander
Birthdate: April 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Slovenian
Died: January 15, 2000
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