The Life Of The Original Public Enemy No. 1: Al Capone

Al Capone, also known as “Scarface,” was one of America’s most notorious gangsters. He became extremely wealthy during Prohibition and ruled the streets of Chicago with his gregarious disposition and his penchant to kill those who got in his way. He spent several years on top before ending up in Alcatraz, where he became obese and riddled with disease. Check out the highs and lows of Scarface’s infamous life…

He Made $100 Million From Bootlegging, Prostitution, Gambling & More


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Alphonse Capone was born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 17, 1899. By the time he was just 30 years old, his net worth was a whopping $100 million (that’s about $1.3 billion in today’s dollars when accounting for inflation). More than 600 gangsters worked for the mobster.

Capone made his money as the leader of a top crime syndicate, earning his cash through a variety of illegal activities. These pursuits brought in around $60 million from alcohol during Prohibition, $25 million from gambling, $10 million from vice and an additional $10 million from rackets (other organized and planned criminal activities).