Saturday, March 14, 2009

Billionaire #701

It looks like Forbes magazine committed a bit of a boo boo when they included Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán, capo of the Sinaloa drugs cartel at #701 in their billionaires list this week.

"I will never accept that a criminal could or would be recognized, even by a magazine like Forbes," Mexico's Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora griped yesterday. (Surely there are a few bankers on that list?)

Guzmán survived an assassination attempt in May '93 thanks to a bizarre case of mistaken identity: Gunmen from the rival Tijuana cartel accidentally pumped 14 bullets into the prominent Roman Catholic Cardinal Juan Jesús Posadas Ocampo when his car was parked at Guadalajara's international airport. Six others were also killed.

Guzmán was captured down here in Guatemala later that year and spent 8 years in a Mexican high security jail before bribing his guards to let him escape in a laundry truck.

The pic shows Gabriel Cardona, a $500-a week cartel sicario with eyes tattooed on his eyelids.

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