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Mexican Drug Lord Makes Forbes Richest List

Friday, 13 November 2009 09:38 AM

He is Mexico’s most wanted drug lord, the head of a cartel that has brought billions of dollars’ worth of cocaine into the United States, a man with a $5 million price tag on his head — and he has been named by Forbes magazine as one of the world’s most powerful people.

Joaquin Guzman, known as “El Chapo” or Shorty, took 41st place in the new ranking, ahead of Presidents Medvedev and Sarkozy and Binyamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel. Guzman is the alleged head of the Sinaloa drug cartel that has funnelled up to $19 billion worth of cocaine into the US through tunnels under the border fence.

He was arrested in Mexico on drug and murder charges in 1993 but managed to escape from prison in 2001.

He is not the only crime boss on the Forbes list: India’s most wanted man, Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, alleged head of the Mumbai-based D-Company crime syndicate, also makes the cut in 50th place.

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