El Chapo net worth: Interesting Facts, Earnings, House, Age, Height, Biography

El Chapo net worth:$13 billion

El Chapo net worth is around $13 billion dollars. DRUG kingpin ‘El Chapo’ was the former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel and built an international criminal empire trafficking cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.

El Chapo net worth
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El Chapo was prisoned for life in 2019 after he was convicted of orchestrating countless brutal crimes.

Prosecutors say he made US$13 billion via the drug syndicate and as of February 2012, his net worth is estimated to be over $16billion.

Judge also said Guzman deserved the harshest sentence possible because any potentially redeeming qualities were overshadowed by “overwhelming evil.”

US officials said that Guzman’s personal arsenal “included a gold-plated AK-47 and three diamond-encrusted .38 caliber handguns, one emblazoned with his initials, ‘JGL'”.

One of the richest Mexican also owns a private zoo, private planes, and luxury coastal properties.

Guzman’s Sinaloa Cartel – an international drug trafficking, money laundering and organised crime syndicate established in the mid 1980s – was also involved in the production, smuggling and distribution of Mexican methamphetamine, marijuana, ecstasy and heroin across the US and Europe. El Chapo’s sons, ‘”los Chapitos” or “the little Chapos”, are currently in command of the cartel after it was revealed previous leader Ismael Zambaba was “sick with diabetes”.

How much is El Chapo Worth?:

El Chapo net worth is around $13 billion dollars. The narcotics kingpin created a huge empire that saw him make it on to Forbes’ list of billionaires four years in a row. US District Judge Brian Cogan ordered Guzman to forfeit $12.6 billion after his conviction.

His wife Emma has an estimated $5 Billion

El Chapo Biography:

BornJoaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera
4 April 1957 (age 65)
La Tuna, Badiraguato Municipality, Sinaloa, Mexico
Other namesEl Chapo (Shorty)El Rápido (Speedy)
OccupationLeader of Sinaloa Cartel
Height168 cm (5 ft 6 in)
PredecessorMiguel Ángel Félix Gallardo
SuccessorIsmael Zambada García
Criminal statusIncarcerated
Spouse(s)At least 4
ChildrenAt least 11
Parent(s)Emilio Guzmán BustillosMaría Consuelo Loera Pérez

Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera is famous by various aliases, including “El Chapo” and “El Rapido.”El Chapo – which is “shorty” in English – was a moniker attributed in reference to his height.

El Chapo Biography
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El Chapo was born on 4 April 1957 into a poor family in the rural community of La Tuna, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico. Guzman father was officially a cattle rancher, as were most in the area where he grew up. El Chapo has two younger sisters named Armida and Bernarda and four younger brothers named Miguel Ángel, Aureliano, Arturo, and Emilio.

As a child, Guzman sold oranges and dropped out of school in third grade to work with his father and as a result is functionally illiterate. El Chapo was known for being a joker and enjoyed playing pranks on his friends and family when he was young.

Guzman was regularly beaten, and he would fled to his maternal grandmother’s house to escape such treatment. But, he stood up to his father to protect his younger siblings from being beaten.

With few opportunities for employment in his hometown, El Chapo turned to the cultivation of opium poppy, a common practice among local residents.

Guzman cultivated his own marijuana plantation at age 15 with cousins and he supported his family with his marijuana production. When El Chapo was a teenager, however, his father kicked him out of the house, and he went to live with his grandfather.

In the 1970s, El Chapo first worked for the drug lord Héctor “El Güero” Palma by transporting drugs and overseeing their shipments from the Sierra Madre region to urban areas near the U.S.–Mexico border by aircraft.

Since his initial steps in organized crime, Guzman was ambitious and regularly pressed on his superiors to allow him to increase the share of narcotics that were smuggled across the border. El Chapo also favored a violent and serious approach when doing business; if any of his drug shipments were not on time, Guzman would simply kill the smuggler himself by shooting him in the head.

The 64-year-old headed the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organisation named after the Mexican Pacific coast, after Joaquin humble beginnings in a poor farming family.

El Chapo became the country’s top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cardenas of the Gulf Cartel.

El Chapo was considered the “most powerful drug trafficker in the world” by the US Department of the Treasury and “one of the most powerful people in the world” by Forbes between 2009 and 2013.

Guzman was a “principal leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexico-based international drug trafficking organisation responsible for importing and distributing more than a million kilograms of cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin in the US,” according to the US Office of Public Affairs.

He earned the nickname “El Rapido” for his speed at transporting drugs from Mexico to America for the Colombian cartels.

Criminal penaltyLife in prison plus 30 years, must forfeit assets worth more than $12.6 billion.
Reward amountMexico: US$3.8 million
United States: US$5 million
Capture status1st capture: 9 June 1993, 2nd capture: 22 February 2014, 3rd capture: 8 January 2016
Wanted byAttorney General of Mexico, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and numerous sub-national entities.
Escaped1st escape: 19 January 2001, 2nd escape: 11 July 2015
Imprisoned atADX Florence near Florence, Colorado, US

The cartel transported narcotics into the US by fishing boats, submarines, carbon fibre airplanes, trains with secret compartments and even transnational underground tunnels.

After the narcotics arrived in America, they were sold to wholesale distributors across the country, across states such as New York, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Arizona, and Los Angeles.

El Chapo used elaborate schemes to launder the billions of dollars of drug proceeds, including bulk cash smuggling from the US to Mexico and infiltrating US-based insurance companies, reloadable debit cards, and numerous shell corporations, including a juice company and a fish flour business.

The organisation relied on a vast network of corrupt government officials and employees to protect and further the interests of the Sinaloa Cartel.

Has El Chapo escaped prison 2 times?

El Chapo’s first prison break came in 2001, when he managed to escape Puente Grande, a maximum-security Mexican prison in the sate of Jalisco, by hiding in a laundry cart and bribing guards.

El Chapo was facing a 20-year-stretch after he was imprisoned for murder and drug trafficking in 1993, and feared he would be extradited to the U.S.

On January 19, 2001, his electronically secured cell was opened and prison guards escorted El Chapo in a cart of dirty laundry through unsecured hallways, before Guzman reached the car park and jumped into the boot of a Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

After successfully evading authorities and the $7.5 million combined bounties of Mexico and the US, El Chapo was arrested by the Mexican Navy on February 22, 2014, after he had hidden in tunnels for days on end.

After his subsequent reimprisonment, El Chapo enhanced his antics and performed a second escape on July 11, 2015, from the Altiplano prison in Almoloya de Juarez.

Guzman fled through a hole under the shower in his cell that continued to a mile-long ventilated and lighted tunnel that led to a construction site, equipped with a motorbike on rails to aid his speedy getaway.

The drug lord had a GPS watch smuggled in by his contacts that allowed cartel members to track the location of El Chapo. Guzman wife Coronel allegedly conspired the escape with other cartel members.

The escape also involved buying land near the prison, as well as preparing with a steady supply of firearms and an armoured truck. Mexican marines and Federal Police recaptured Guzman afer a shootout on January 8, 2016. El Chapo was later extradited to the US to face criminal charges.

El Chapo Current Status:

Guzman is currently serving his sentence at the United States Penitentiary Maximum Facility, ADX Florence.

Earning the nickname “the Alcatraz of the Rockies,” El Chapo was sent to the high-security slammer to avoid any of his escape ambitions, after El Chapo pulled off two daring breakouts in 2001 and 2014 in Mexico. No inmate has ever escaped ADX Florence, USA Today reports.

The remote prison is surrounded by razor-wire fences, gun towers, heavily-armed patrols and attack dogs, with snipers on guard in gun towers.

El Chapo arrived at the facility on June 19, two days after he was awarded a life sentence, joining infamous organised crime figures such as Kaboni Savage and Luis Felipe.

El Chapo resides in a 7-by-12-foot concrete cell with double doors for 23 hours a day in isolation and is granted an hour outdoors to get some fresh air.

His lawyer, Mariel Colon claimed the harsh conditions at the supermax prison have been detrimental to El Chapo physical health, though “he still has mental clarity”.

In 2011, 11 inmates filed a federal class-action suit against ADX Florence after enduring 23 hours a day of confinement, alleging chronic abuse and a failure to diagnose mental health conditions.

An Amnesty International report found prisoners spend years in solitary confinement and often go days “with only a few words spoken to them”.

Human interaction is non-existent – meals are eaten in the solitude of their own cells, within feet of their toilets.

El Chapo’s legal team are fighting to have him returned to Mexico to serve the remaining of his sentence and his US lawyers continue to appeal the judge’s decision.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, only his two 9-year-old twin daughters with Emma Coronel Aispuro, and his attorneys can visit him.