The Sunday World Criminal Rich List Part 4; The Top 5
Our rich list is a tapestry of those who choose a life of crime, but in the murky world of drugs, sex and money, a fortune can be gained and lost in the flick of an eye, or the pull of a trigger.
The pimp controlled Cork’s lucrative sex trade for decades and fronted the operation with his chain of sex shops. He used a series of offshore shell companies to funnel his ill-gotten gains and enjoyed the high-life. He handed over millions to the Criminal Assets Bureau in 2007 and it was estimated that his sex trade business was bringing in at least €80,000 a month.
The Ballyfermot criminal known as ‘the Colonel’ always dreamed of ‘the big one’, but when he was involved in the kidnap of heiress Jennifer Guinness the only thing he got was a long stretch in jail.
After his release he teamed up with Christy Kinahan and they share the helm of Ireland’s biggest drug operation. Cunningham lives with his wife and daughter on the Costa and rarely returns to Ireland.
Kinahan is the mastermind of a massive drug network, arms dealing and global money laundering business.
He is estimated to have squirrelled away a personal fortune in properties, yachts and luxury cars, but he is desperate to become Ireland’s first cocaine billionaire. He has young children with a second wife and lives in one of the most exclusive gated developments in Estepona in Spain.
Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy
The Chief of Staff of the IRA Army Council since 1997, Murphy has amassed a fortune while living like an ordinary farmer in Hackballscross, in a property that straddles the border.
Slab, who once topped MI5’s most-wanted list of terror suspects, has made his fortune from smuggling oil, tobacco, animals and grain. He has never married, but is believed to have a string of suitors who are all desperate to bag the underworld’s most eligible bachelor.
George ‘The Penguin’ Mitchell
Mitchell is Ireland’s most elusive and successful drug dealer. Based between Morocco, Spain and Turkey, he directly sources and ships huge consignments of drugs to the Irish and U.K. markets. After three decades at the top of the drugs game he is by far and above Ireland’s richest drug lord.
Almost 20 years ago he was already estimated to be worth €10m and had a collection of bullet-proof cars. His cunning has meant he has remained one step ahead of the law – and his rivals.