Billion Dollar Dreams: 7 Of The World’s Richest Drug Lords [PHOTOS]
Amado Carrillo Fuentes
You don’t grow a $25 billion drug empire without putting in some serious leg work. For Mexican drug lord Amada Carrillo Fuentes, the friendly skies helped him become one of the world’s richest and most powerful criminals. The eldest of six children, and nephew of trafficker Ernesto Conseco Carrillo, he formerly led the Mexican drug monopoly know as the Juarez Cartel.
He earned the nickname El Señor de los Cielos (or, Lord of the Skies) for using more than 27 Boeing 727 jets to transport cocaine to different airports and landing areas around Columbia and Mexico. This was done in addition to the million-ton shipments of drugs he funneled into Manhattan in the ’90s.
Carillo died on July 3, 1997 following complications from facial plastic surgery to change his physical appearance. Four months after his passing, the dead bodies of the two surgeons who performed the surgery were found hidden in steel drums that were encased in concrete.