The top ten gangsters:
1. Al Capone
2. Charles “Lucky” Luciano: Perhaps the richest gangster in the history of the world, Lucky Luciano and partner Meyer Lansky made more money than any mobsters ever without even accounting for inflation. Most of this money was probably made by heroin long after prohibition had ended. However, Luciano is credited for making the peace with fellow gangsters in an attempt to quell the violence and save money on shipments and political bribes. Associated with the National Crime Syndicate, head of the Commission and the Young Turks, Luciano brought all the heavyweight gangsters together, including Al Capone. Luciano was one of the first Italian gangsters to align himself with Jewish mobsters such as Allan Rothstein, Meyer Lansky and Ben Segal, as well as Italian gangsters Frank Costello, Vito Genovese, Johnny Torrio, Joseph Bonano and Al Capone. These guys were the champions of bootlegging
. In Boardwalk Empire, Luciano is portrayed as a hot headed young associate of Rothstein.
Samuel Bronfman in Canada was the bootlegger and Seagrams became a giant in booze business.
3. Meyer Lansky: Legend has it that it was Lansky’s idea to create the Commission but some say it was Johnny Torrio that convinced Luciano that the Commission was the right thing to do. Yup, it was a Jew’s idea that all of the leaders of the Italian mob sit down and work together for better business and the benefit of everyone. Maybe Henry Ford was right about the International Jewish Conspiracy to control all the money
. After all, I still get my Jew check in the mail every week. Again, perhaps the richest gangster in history with his close friend and associate Lucky Luciano, Lansky was instrumental in Luciano’s rise to power and the creation of the Commission. Lansky’s gambling business stretched from New York, to Florida, Cuba and Vegas. In the 30’s and 40’s, Lansky actually worked with the U.S. government in providing security for naval ships in the port and intimidating Nazi sympathizers.
4. Johnny Torrio
5. Arnold Rothstein: Allegedly fixing the 1919 World Series by paying Chicago White Sox players to intentionally lose to the Cincinnati Reds, Rothstein was also one of the first gangsters to set up major bootlegging operations during the onset of Prohibition. Rothstein advised many crime families and attempted to take the violence out of the business. Rothstein was also a legendary gambler but was murdered in 1928 after reneging on a $300,000 loss in a poker game. Refusing to pay after accusing the other players of cheating, Rothstein murderers reportedly killed him in order to teach Rothstein a lesson. On his deathbed, the Jewish Rothstein stuck to the code of the streets and refused to name his assassins. In episode 1 of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Rothstein is portrayed as a gambling cheat and slick deal maker only to have a shipment a booze stolen.
6. Bugs Moran: Chief rival and arch enemy of Johnny Torrio and Al Capone, the Polish and Irish Moran was never took orders from the Chicago Outfit and Southside Gang. In fact, Moran stole Torrio and Capone’s booze at will. Aligning himself with the Irish bootlegger Dean O’Banion, Moran’s outfit became known as the Northside gang. Throughout the 20’s, the Chicago Outfit and Southside Gang battled the Northside gang in shootouts, kidnappings, murder and torture. After O’Banion’s assassination at the hands of Capone and Torrio, Moran continued to battle Capone for years. The exclamation point on the war was the eventual St. Valentine’s day massacre when seven of Moran’s men were executed. However, Moran never wavered, controlling most of his territory and taking revenge by murdering Capone associates for almost a decade to come.
7. Enoch “Nucky” Johnson
8. Frank Nitti
9. Bugsy Segal: An enforcer for Lansky since they were teenagers, Segal became a mob hitman for multiple families during Prohibition. Segal aligned himself with Lansky, Luciano and Frank Costello and established bootlegging operations with close ally Albert Anastasia. Known by many as the father of Las Vegas, Segal was murdered in 1947 after the financing of the Flamingo Hotel seemed to disappear.
10. Vito Genovese: Underboss of the Luciano Crime Family and father of the Genovese family.
11. Frank Costello
12. Albert Anastasia
13. Joseph Bonano
14. Tommy Luchese
15. Carlo Gambino
The 15:1 ratio (the leverage ratio) was the standard till in 2000 Hank Paulson as Cahirman of Goldman Sachs had it changed to 33:1. The profit from these loans would be 33 X 100 or 3,300 % not including interest charged for those loans. How did they hide that money they invested in business takeover and in money losing operations known as bad loans. This offset their profits and thus hide their loot. These money losing operations could be conglomerates run by their cronies, ethnic group, co-religionists, family or friends. This how American business is taken over by the Wall Street mafia.
The Italian mafia can't compare with the Wall Street mafia. Italian mafia may engage in loan sharking and charge 400% but the Wall Street crowd are raking in 3,300% not including the interest they charge for the loans.