People say that crime doesn’t pay, and while we want to agree with this statement, there are certain criminals that clearly prove the opposite. One of these well-known criminals is Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman Wah-keen Gooze-men, better known as El Chapo. El Chapo made over one billion dollars as the leader of the Sinaloa [Seen-uh-low-uh] Cartel, an international crime syndicate. At one point he was the 10th richest man in all of Mexico, but now he is behind bars serving a life sentence for his many crimes. While we would hardly condone his criminal activities, he was definitely living the good life before he was locked up for life, and today we’re going to look at some of the luxurious and even outrageous things he spent his money on.
While he will likely never be able to enjoy his expensive toys again, he has escaped prison twice, so some think that he’ll find a way out of this and be able to return to his multi-million dollar estates all over the world. We don’t know about that, but we do know what he spent his money on in the past, so let’s get started with our list of 15 of the most expensive and crazy things El Chapo has bought over the course of his life.
Ducati Monster – Worth 9,000 dollars
When you’re constantly running from the police, it helps to have a fast motorcycle on hand. El Chapo purchased his Ducati Monster for just this purpose. This fast speedster allows the head of the drug cartel to navigate the deserts, highways and backwoods while running from law enforcement. His red and black Ducati motorcycle is one of the fastest in the world. Made in Italy, there are over 300,000 in production. The company started making these bikes in 1993.
Dodge Charger – Worth 33,000 dollars
Over the course of his career, El Chapo made a point of throwing it in the face of law enforcement that he cannot be caught. He is known to be very ostentatious when it comes to showing off his toys and his disdain for the police. Nothing made the cops’ blood boil more than when El Chapo commissioned a custom-made Dodge Charger. This car is actually custom made to be a clone of an American police cruiser.
Aside from a police number not being emblazoned on the side, you can’t tell this car apart from the real thing. He had this car built so that he could evade police on long car chases. And for a long time it worked.
Diamond Encrusted Pistol – Worth 50,000 dollars
While it’s no surprise that El Chapo has ammunition silos all over the world, his favorite weapon is his diamond encrusted pistol. He carries this gun with him everywhere. It shows not only that he is always in charge but also his love for bling. Although there’s no information on exactly who made this gun for the crime lord, similar guns on the market have sold for about 50,000 dollars.
When El Chapo was most recently arrested, he had his diamond studded gun with him. So it is now in the property of the U.S. federal government. If he ever gets out, though, they’ll have to return his prized pistol to him as it was legally registered in his name.
Nissan Skyline GTR – Worth 110,000 dollars
El Chapo doesn’t just like to drive fast when he’s evading the authorities. He also likes to drive fast just for fun. This is why he bought a 2007 Nissan Skyline GTR. It has a V6 engine with as much as 478 horsepower. Although it doesn’t have a stick shift, which didn’t make El Chapo happy, it is still one of the faster street racers on the market. This silver model is exactly like the version Paul Walker drove in his movie 2 Fast 2 Furious.
El Chapo has admitted to being a fan of the movie, so it’s no surprise that he bought the same car the star drove in the action flick. Like many of his other prized possessions, there’s no confirmation what El Chapo paid for this racecar. But similar models have sold for as much as 110,000 dollars.
Mercedes Benz C63 Black Series – Worth 126,000 dollars
One thing that El Chapo loves is a sleek luxury car that has a lot of horsepower. You figure, no matter what he was driving, the man had to be ready to elude law enforcement at any given time. This triple black Mercedes is the highest spec G-Wagen on the market and retails for as much as 126,000 dollars. It can be used for off-roading and city driving, which served El Chapo’s purposes quite nicely.
It has a V8 engine and showcases 537 horsepower. This car isn’t even available to the general public. I guess when you’re El Chapo, you know what strings to pull to get a car like this.
Chevy Corvette ZR1 – Worth 130,000 dollars
To add to his collection of shiny and fast cars, El Chapo bought a white Chevy Corvette ZR1. This is one of the fastest and most exclusive cars on the market. It has 638 horsepower, and it’s not even available in the United States. Of course, when you’re El Chapo, the more exclusive, the better. He has no trouble getting his hands on cars like this. It has a 6.2 liter, V8 engine and can reach speeds as high as 192 mph.
When you spend most of your time running from either the police or rival drug lords, that kind of speed comes in handy.
Dodge Viper – Worth 199,000 dollars
If you know anything about fancy sports cars, you know how cool and coveted the Dodge Viper is. They don’t make all that many of them, and they’re very hard to find on the resale market. El Chapo’s Dodge Viper is electric blue with white racing stripes. Although the car is tiny, it is super fast, running on a V10 engine. People close to the drug lord say he bought this car because he wanted to remind those around him that he was a fearful and powerful man.
Mercedes Benz SLS AMG – Worth 300,000 dollars
This gorgeous, sleek, silver luxury car is made by Mercedes Benz and is one of their most exclusive automobiles. While offering a sleek, shiny design, the SLS AMG can also reach speeds unimaginable in other cars. Boasting over 600 horsepower, it’s one of the fastest sports cars in the world. It has gullwing doors, which can be quite convenient if you need to make a fast getaway – or if you need to open fire on a bunch of thugs coming to steal your cash and drugs.
The viper snake is one of the deadliest snakes in the world. This goes a long way toward showing the scary side of El Chapo’s personality. This car was actually the one seized by the authorities when El Chapo was arrested, and it will remain in their custody.
Mercedes Benz SLR Mclaren – Worth 1.5 million dollars
A lot of us can’t even imagine spending $1.5 million on a mansion, so it’s a bit mind boggling that someone would spend this much on a car. But when you’re El Chapo and you have cash just burning a hole in your pocket, $1.5 million is a drop in the bucket. El Chapo’s McLaren is bright white. Normally, this car has 557 horsepower. However, that wasn’t enough for El Chapo. He had a company called RennTech custom make his car so that it has as much as 722 horsepower. It’s hard to think of a situation when you’d need to go this fast—but, again, things are different in El Chapo’s world. He also had the car outfitted to have a special aeronautical exterior so that he could go even faster.
Private Ranch in Guadalajara – Worth 1.9 million dollars
It’s believed that El Chapo has a ranch or estate in every single U.S. state. The same is true for most of the countries in Central and South America. His private ranch in Guadalajara is said to be worth close to 2 million dollars. There is no exact figure as to how much he paid for his ranch, but similar ranches in the area have sold for 1.9 million dollars. That may not sound like all that much money.
However, for this part of the world, it’s a ton of money. The ranch has private tennis courts and pools. It is also rumored to have tunnels that El Chapo had built so that he could escape at a moment’s notice. They call it his “hideout” mansion for good reason. Nobody sees him come in – and nobody sees him leave.
La Tuna Mansion – Worth 2.2 million dollars
You could write an entire book about all of the properties that El Chapo allegedly owns. But one that we’re sure about is the mansion he owns in La Tuna, Texas. He actually bought this plot and had a home built for his mother. This was his hometown and he wanted her to be able to stay there. But he also wanted her to live in style. The ironic thing about La Tuna is that it’s also the site of a large federal correctional institution.
In a way, by building his estate there, El Chapo was mocking the federal authorities. The home was the scene of many gun fights, where both El Chapo’s men and local citizens have been killed. It is known as the “Golden Triangle,” one of the central pieces of El Chapo’s drug kingdom.
Private Zoo – Worth 5 million dollars
Having huge mansions and estates is not enough for El Chapo. He wanted his own private zoo – so he had one built! Located just near the coast in Acapulco, his zoo includes lions, tigers and even crocodiles. El Chapo is fascinated with big cats, so he keeps his zoo stocked with panthers, tigers and lions at all times. He also has a small train that rides around the zoo so that his guests can see all of the animals in their unnatural habitats.
One has to wonder – have any of El Chapo’s enemies been given a special tour of the zoo?
Acapulco Beach House – Worth 10 million dollars
Before he built his zoo, El Chapo built a luxury beach house right on the coast of Acapulco. The house has a private beach where El Chapo and his guests can enjoy the sun and sand without worrying about rival drug lords crashing the party. The house is huge, with tennis courts and pools.
Very few who have been there have been willing to describe the inside of his beach house. And of course El Chapo wasn’t going to invite journalists or photographers from Architectural Digest into his home. This is actually the only asset El Chapo owns that has an actual known price tag.
Yacht, “El Chapito” – Worth 275 million dollars
The man is said to have fleets of submarines and freighters ready to carry his drugs and cash all over the world. He’s rumored to have entire fleets of private planes that do nothing but transport pounds of cash worldwide. But the only vessel El Chapo admits to having is his yacht, appropriately named “El Chapito.” He named the boat after himself. The thing is, the man is El Chapo. He named the boat “El Chapito,” implying that he is actually larger than his 275 million dollar yacht!
The boat is kept docked near his zoo and beach house in Acapulco. Before beginning his prison sentence, it was rumored that he would take dozens of models and other guests on the yacht for private parties that would last days on end.
Carbon Fiber Super Stealth Plane – Worth 929 million dollar
We’ve reached number one on our list, and this is the most expensive item El Chapo has bought by far. If you’re going to be the number one name on the U.S. government’s most wanted list, you’re gonna need to stay incognito. El Chapo was able to do just that in his carbon fiber super stealth plane. He used this plane to transport his drugs, cash and even himself around the world. The plane was made to avoid detection from radar.
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