The 15 Most Outrageous Drug Lords

It takes a certain kind of personality to be a true drug lord. Surely, it’s all about the money and the rivers of cash that flow into the pockets of major drug kingpins every single day. Yet, it’s also about having a certain kind of outsized personality, one that combines a hyper-entrepreneurial spirit with a dictatorial edge. It’s about power, money, control, and living outside the edges of straight society. A drug lord has to be able to manage hundreds of henchmen and minions, control inventory everyone wants to steal, and a cash flow that has no paper trail, along with fighting off rival entrepreneurs that may emerge from any angle, to the death if necessary. In other words, it’s not so easy to be a drug lord.

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Anya Wassenberg

Freelance writer & singer