With a somewhat morbid curiosity, we seem to follow intently the latest antics of some of the world’s most notorious gangs. The modern 21st century gangs are usually rich and influential, involved in various businesses and some even try to minimize killings whilst others revel in them. Here is a list of perhaps the top 10 most dangerous gangs in the world today:
10. Hell’s Angels
Origin: North America
Formed by: Bikers
Famous For: Harley-Davidson and Winged Death’s Head Logo.
Although primarily in the US and Canada, Hell’s Angels have chapters in 27 countries around the world, their total number of chapters around the world is now 230.
9. United Bamboo
Formed by: Triads
Famous For: “old school” ethics
Working in a similar fashion as other triads, they do not have one boss but still are estimated to have 10,000 members. Mainly dealing in drugs they have influence throughout the world and more locally, political influence.
8. The Big Circle Gang
Formed by: Mao Ze Dong’s Red Guards
Famous For: Hong Kong Crime.
This Chinese gang was formed by its Red Guard who fled to Hong Kong and who are now involved in most aspects of crime there.
Origin: LA, USA
Formed by: Hispanic
Famous For: Cruel, violent revenge
Starting in Los Angeles, their influence has now spread throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and into Central America. Often covering their bodies and faces with tattoos, these gang members were named in Newsweek magazine as the most dangerous in North America.
Formed by: Mafia members
Famous For: Political influence.
With 111 clans, this is thought to be the largest Mafia group in Italy with interests spreading across the business world and into the politics of the country.
Origin: India and the Persian Gulf
Formed by: Dawood Ibraham
Famous For: Terrorist activities
This gang is known to take part in acts of terror, for money. They are therefore thought to generate billions of dollars and are known to have had connections with the late Osama Bin Laden.
Formed by: Yakuza
Famous For: Tattoos
This gang dates back to 1915 and is now thought to be the largest Yakuza group. Numbering 55,000 they are probably best known for their tattoos and for cutting off parts of their fingers in penance. They have influence over all aspects of life in Japan.
3. Solntsevskaya Bratva
Origin: Moscow, Russia
Formed by: Mikhas Mikhailov
Famous For: Russian Mafia
Although known for their violence, their leader and founder considers’ himself a businessman. This, the biggest of the Russian Mafias, now has businesses and influence throughout the USA.
2. Sinaloa Cartel
Formed by: ‘El Chapo’ Guzman
Famous For: Drug Trafficking
Forbes Magazine has 3 times named ‘El Chapo’ in their most influential people in the world listings and the DEA consider him to be the Godfather of the drug world.
1. Los Zetas
Formed by: Mexico Elite Special Forces
Famous For: Drug Trafficking
This gang, founded in 1999 has now, using extreme violence, overtaken Sinaloa as the most dangerous gang in the world.