This weekend, Fusion aired an investigation into Mexico’s most notorious drug lord, “El Chapo” Guzman. He’s one of the most powerful people in the world you may never have heard of.
So who exactly is this man that no one can seem to capture?
Let’s start with his name, “El Chapo.” In Mexico, “Chapo” is a slang word for being short. People say that he was teased as a child because of his height and so he devoted his life to proving just how powerful he could be.
Drugs are a family business for El Chapo. His father sold marijuana in their village in Sinaloa. El Chapo was already growing and selling his own marijuana plants by the age of 15.
He is the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, which is an estimated 3 billion dollar enterprise. And from 2009 until just last year, he ranked on the Forbes billionaire list.
Yet this year, not to be outdone, El Chapo become only the second criminal to be designated as Chicago’s public enemy number one, due to the fact that the Sinaloa Cartel supplies 80 percent of the heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines in the city.
To give some perspective on that, Al Capone was the first.