Joaquín Guzmán Loera Net Worth
El Chapo Guzman net worth: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is a Mexican born former drug kingpin who had a peak net worth of $1 billion dollars. El Chapo Guzman is the former head of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel. During his reign, Joaquin Guzman oversaw drug trafficking between Mexico and the US on an extraordinarily large scale. At the peak of his power, El Chapo was the world's largest smuggler of cocaine shipments between Colombia and the United States. He also smuggled vast quantities of heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana. His exact birth date is unknown but it is believed Joaquin was born either on December 25, 1954 or April 4, 1957. He grew up dirt poor, the son of a cattle rancher, and sold oranges in order to help the family buy food. Like many residents in his rural town, Joaquin cultivated small amounts of opium poppy and marijuana to make a little bit of extra money. He earned the nickname "El Chapo", which means "Shorty" while living with his grandparents after his father kicked him out of the family home. The nickname makes sense as Joaquin is barely 5 foot 6 inches tall. Throughout that 70s and 80s, El Chapo ran logistics for the Sinaloa cartel. Drugs, mainly cocaine but some heroin, was produced in Colombia and delivered to Mexico. El Chapo became an expert at organizing airplanes, boats, trains and trucks to carrying drugs onto the United States and Europe. When the cartel's top leaders were arrested, El Chapo took control. In the late 80s and early 90s, the cartel also began manufacturing meth within Mexico. El Chapo was arrested in Guatemala in 1993 and sentenced to 20 years in a Mexican prison. He successfully managed to bribe several guards and escaped in 2001. Despite there being a $5 million bounty on his head from American law enforcement, El Chapo managed to elude capture for more than a decade. He was finally arrested on February 22, 2014 at a beach resort in Mazatlan, Mexico. In July 2015, he escaped from prison and went on the run until he was captured again on January 8, 2016.