Mexico City Who says crime doesn’t pay? A suspected drug lord who is Mexico’s most-wanted fugitive made the Forbes list of billionaires on Wednesday with a fortune described as “self made.”
The magazine estimates Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s worth at $1 billion — No. 701 on the list, right between a Swiss oil-trading tycoon and a U.S. chemical heir. Dozens of other people were also tied for the spot.
It is unclear what Guzman thinks of the distinction. Forbes senior editor Luisa Kroll notes that “unfortunately ... Guzman could not be reached for comment.”
Often described as Mexico’s most powerful cartel kingpin, Guzman has been on the run with a $5 million reward on his head since 2001, when he escaped from prison apparently hidden in a laundry truck.