June 11, 2023

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Ten Brilliant People In History Who Stole Billions of Money

There are brilliant minds in history that have managed to carry out successful heists in illegal but genius ways. Although some have been caught, they still are the richest people with genius minds that used great methods to steal cash. Below are the top ten brilliant people in history that stole billions of money;

1.Bernie Madoff

Bernard Lawrence Madoff was an American fraudster and financier that ran the largest Ponzi scheme in history. They stole an estimate of close to $64.8 billion. At one time, he was the chairman of the NASDAQ stock exchange market.

2.Sani Abacha

General Sani Abacha reportedly stole between $5-$10billion in his five years of governing Nigeria. Few have been recovered but bulks remain missing to date.

3.President Ben Ali

Ben created laws that companies should get official permission to invest and trade. This, however, allowed him to shut competition out whilst letting 220 family businesses monopolize numerous industries. The Ben Ali family amassed US$13 billion.

4.Jeff Skilling

Jeff Skilling was the CEO of Enron and during his time there was serious misrepresentation in earnings reports. This was in addition to a fake energy crises and serious embezzlement of retirement funds. It was carried out by executives of the company. Over $11 billion was embezzled without recovery.

5.Ferdinand Marcos

Former Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos was a greedy man. He allegedly took between US$5 billion and US$10 billion. Ferdinand did this through government loans, bribes, embezzlement. He even took over private companies and did outright theft.

6.Saddam Hussein

The Iraq’s dictator took money in an easy uncomplicated way. He sent his son and personal assistant with a hand-written note to the bank’s governor, telling him to hand over $920 million. The bank manager did this and Saddam acquired easy money which was technically not stealing but it was illegal.

7. Diezani alison-madueke

Reports showed $487.5 million in cash and properties which traced back to the former oil minister. It was established by the anti-graft agency. She is 8th on the list because their isn’t a full estimate the amount stolen. It is, however, was close to a billion dollars.

8.Aleksandr Andreevich Panin

This Russian cyberthief was responsible for “spyEye ” which infected more than 1.4 million computers. It collected bank accounts, credit card numbers and passwords. Reports showed that he stole close to a billion dollars.

9.Fujimori’s Peru

Fujimori allegedly embezzled US$600 million in public funds. He used it to bribe politicians, judges and the media.

10.Teodorín Obiang

In 2014, the US Department of Justice seized US$30 million worth of assets. French authorities found him guilty of embezzlement confiscated his assets $35 million in 2017. He allegedly stole close to $500 million which ranks him among people who carried out successful heists.

Top 10 Most Succesful Heists In History


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