3 Smart gangsters who shook the world but are remembered for their badass lives
Escobar was obviously very bright in terms of seeing opportunity and fixing problems. Cocaine was practically unknown in the US when he started out and when he finished he was one of the richest men in the world. He was obviously charismatic as a leader. Sure, many people followed him out of nothing but fear, but many thought he was more honest and just than Colombian politicians or Colombian police. Being Escobar was not a smooth job, but people have different perceptions about him that are Not *nice* things, but things like ‘At least with El Patron you knew where you stood.’ And one favorite, ‘Yes, Pablo wanted something from us, but he was willing to pay for it and he paid on time.’ Again, this was in contrast to other Colombians in government and business who didn’t keep their promises or pay their bills.
In American language, Escobar was a disruptive entrepreneur. In terms of organization, originality, and leadership he should be considered up there with Marc Andreessen and Larry Ellison. Where El Patron came up short, where he was stupid or unwise or whatever you want to say, was his inability to plan for the long term. As the other poster said here, he foolishly got involved in Colombian politics. He spent too much time in the spotlight, enjoying his reputation and fame.
Dawood Ibrahim was a son of an honest police constable with Mumbai police. He started into gang war as he was living in Dongri area of Mumbai. In Dongri, he got in touch with gang members of Haji Mastan and his gang war started. In 1980’s, he was first arrested for a robbery case and later his crime records increased. Dawood became more powerful and dangerous due to fight between Haji gang and Pathan gang who were mostly migrants from Afghanistan.
Due to gang war, Pathan gang managed to kill one of Dawood’s brother and it lead Dawood to take revenge and than Mumbai saw one of the deadliest gang war in city. Dawood managed to finish all members of the gang. After Haji Mastan moved to politics Dawood took over the gang and became bigger than Haji in underworld.
Al Capone was a criminal who would have engaged in criminal activity in no matter what setting he was raised. In the historical period and area in which he found himself he turned to bootlegging during prohibition and was quite successful. His upbringing simply gave him the opportunity to interact with other criminal actors in an environment that was conducive to furthering his criminal ambitions.
There is some suggestion that Al Capone’s persona and methods of operation were influenced by Paresis. Paresis is a stage of advanced syphillis (complications of which Capone ultimately died from) and causes psychotic behaviour, loss of social inhibitions, mania, euphoria and gradual impairment of judgement (among other things).
If so, working next to him would have been like sitting on an box full of TNT with a lit match…
10 of his gang members were killed on suspicion of betraying Capone. Of course, some of those may well have been trying to betray him