Joaquín Guzmán is Mexico’s biggest drug dealer and he is also the leader of the criminal organization called Sinaloa Cartel. He goes by the alias name El Chapo and is currently world’ most powerful drug trafficker as designated by the US Government. Joaquín is considered to be the most dangerous man alive today. His main business is in transporting cocaine from Colombia to the US. His side businesses include production and distribution of marijuana, heroin, MDMA, and methamphetamine across Europe. Here is a quick summary of Joaquín Guzmán‘s net worth in 2018, career and earnings.
Joaquín Guzmán Early Life
Joaquín Guzmán was born on 4th April 1957 in Sinaloa, Mexico. His family was poor as his dad was a farmer. Guzmán left school in the third grade and started working with his father. But his father was torturous and hence, he used to live in his maternal grandmother’s house.
Guzmán has married multiple times and most of his brothers and sons are involved in drug trafficking. In 1977, he married Alejandrina and has three children. Later, he married a bank clerk named Estela Pena by kidnapping her. He moved on to marry Griselda and has four children with her. In 2007, he married 18 years old beauty queen Emma and has two twin daughters.
Joaquín Guzmán Career, Awards & Achievement
Joaquín started by working with his father as an opium poppy farmer. Then he started cultivating marijuana with his cousins. In his 20s, he decided to join organized crime. He started transporting drugs across the borders. His violent nature of shooting people in the head for betraying during drug transport was favored by the leader of the crime syndicate. Soon, he became the chief coordinator in drug trafficking across the border by various means like air, land, and sea.
Having made a lot of money doing the job and being in charge, Joaquín started buying properties in Mexico under false names and started accumulating drugs, money, and weapons in those areas. It was in 1987 that the US government detected that Guzmán headed the criminal organization Sinaloa Cartel. Guzmán’s Sinaloa Cartel became the wealthiest drug cartel in Mexico.
Guzmán was first arrested in 1993 and sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment. But he managed to escape from the most secured jail by bribing the security guard. He became the most wanted person by the Interpol, US and Mexican government. He was arrested the second time in 2014 but he escaped through a 1.5 km tunnel. The last time he was arrested in 2016 and in 2017, he has been extradited to the US and his trial is due in September 2018.
Awards and Achievements
Joaquín Guzmán has been featured in Forbes Magazine from 2009 to 2011 on the list of the most powerful persons in the world. He has been entitled as the biggest drug dealer of all time. The Mexican government announced a reward of nearly $3.8 million and the US government announced a reward of $5 million for capturing him. His miraculous escapes from one of the most secure jails in the world should feature under his achievements. Joaquín Guzmán has a Netflix series to his name depicting his life. He is also one of the billionaires in the world.
Net Worth Of Joaquín Guzmán
The estimated net worth of Joaquín Guzmán is more than $5 billion. All his money has come from his drug trafficking business. Apart from that, he accumulated a lot of money through extortion from the wealthy businessmen in Mexico. He built a drug empire around him and he was the largest supplier of various forms of drugs in entire Europe.
Joaquín Guzmán was arrested on January 8th, 2016 by the Mexican federal police and marines. Two weeks later, he was extradited to the US as Mexico was not the best place to have him as he escaped twice earlier. He is facing criminal charges for his leadership in Sinaloa Cartel and scheduled for trial in September 2018.