Top 10 Biggest Gangs In The World 2022 (2022)

When word ‘Gang’ was derived, it just meant a group of people but now it has taken a complete negative meaning. Today it means a group of people who only commit criminal acts and these gang groups want people to take their name with a terrifying fear. Now, the term gang can only be associated with notorious things. From a robbery to the extortion, intimidation, vandalism, assault, drug, trafficking, bribing and blackmailing politicians, running prostitutions and gambling operations, stabbings, shootings, open murders, and massacres, these gangs indulge themselves in every illegal activity.

Homicides committed by gangsters are a monumental problem in every society of every country. The youths, who are the backbone of a country to combat with a problem, are the ones drawn to the gang life the most. Probably these youths are just blown away by the power and money they get as a gangster. The gangster life seems them so tempting that they’re even ready to cut off with their families. So you can say, a gang is just an organisation of these cold-blooded people. Here we have brought together a list of the 10 largest and most dangerous gangs in the world 2022 as measured by their size, notoriety, and their level of violence & terrorism.

Table of Contents

  • 10. Cosa Nostra
  • 9. Camorra
  • 8. Crips
  • 7. Yakuza
  • 6. Bloods
  • 5. 18th Street Gang
  • 4. Los Zetas
  • 3. Aryan Brotherhood
  • 2. Latin kings
  • 1. Mara Salvatrucha

10. Cosa Nostra

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Location- New York

The ‘Cosa Nostra’ is the largest Sicilian mafia in the world which found its roots in New Work’s lower east with Italian mafia Giuseppe’s immigration to US. The Italian word Cosa Nostra means ‘Our thing’ in English. Also known as ‘Genovese Family’, this mafia group is considered to be the largest cocaine smuggler in Europe with having approximately 25000 total members worldwide. There was a time this gang was considered the most powerful, dangerous and organized criminal group engaged in drug trafficking, killing, loansharking, labor racketeering, gasoline bootlegging, and stock market manipulation. Though at present they aren’t much in headlines but are still powerful enough to be ranked 10th in this list.

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9. Camorra

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Location- Campania, Italy

This is again an Italian mafia group. Founded in 1417 in Italy, Camorra is the oldest gang to secure a position in this list. It is the largest and most violent mafia group in Italy having more than 100 clans and approximately 7000 members. Camorra is a secret criminal society that finances itself through cigarette smuggling, people smuggling, kidnapping, prostitution, illegal gambling, blackmailing, racketeering, and of course murders. Unlike other gangs, they also run many legitimate businesses throughout Italy. Probably this might be a reason they’re called a secret criminal society.

8. Crips

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Location- Los Angeles

In late 1960s, this African-American gang emerged as a small gang called the ‘Baby Avenues’ and came out as ‘Crips’ becoming one of the most violent and unlawful gang in the world today. Considered as the largest association of street gangs in US, Crips is estimated to have around 30000-35000 total members. Blue is primary color of this gang. All the Crips members wear blue cloths and also carry a blue bandanas. The group known for its extreme astringent rivalry with ‘Bloods Gangs’, is mainly involved in brutal murders, drug dealing, robber, and street snatching.

7. Yakuza

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Location – Japan

This one is Japan’s largest mafia organization which runs many organized crime groups in the country. Today having around 102,000 members, this group came in emergence just after World War II engaging themselves in construction, real estate, fraud, blackmailing and extortion. Apart from their illegal money making activities, they have a large presence in Japanese media, enterprises and politics too. This mafia group is very strict when it comes to loyalty. Yakuza gangsters are well-known for their peculiar tattoos and chopped off little finger. A copped-off finger is often a sign of penance which a member has to pay when he some ways fails in his loyalty.

6. Bloods

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Location- Los Angeles

The second largest and most dangerous gang in Los Angeles was founded in 1972 as a direct competitor to the Crips. The group has also female members who are called ‘Bloodettes’. Having approximately 25000 members, the Bloods recognize themselves with color red. They wear red dresses, red hat and carry a red bandanas. In addition to their primary unique color, they also use significant hand signs, language, graffiti, jewelry and symbols to identify each other. The group, more famous for its rivalry with Crips, is known for its brutal acts. As they call themselves The Bloods, they really play with blood.

5. 18th Street Gang

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Location – Los Angeles

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18th Street gang, also known as ‘Barrio 18’ and ‘Marra-18’ is a multi-ethnic criminal organization which found its roots in Los Angeles in 1960 and expanded in all over US, majorly in Central America and Mexico. Having around 65000 members from different countries across its territory, the gang has its hand in a number of fierce criminal activities among them murder for hire, drug sells, prostitution, extortion and kidnapping are the major ones. The 18th Street Gangsters identify each other with the number 18 on their clothing. This gang is considered to be the most merciless youth gangs of America.

4. Los Zetas

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Location- Mexico

Founded in 1990, this Mexican criminal syndicate has made headline every now and then with its cruel and ruthless acts. That’s why it has reached in 4th rank in terror world in such a short period of time. Being the most powerful drug cartels in the world, 50% of their revenue comes from drug trafficking only and rest 50% they make up through their brutal tactics like beheadings, tortures, slaughters, protection rackets, extortion, and kidnappings. Their terror is so dreadful that even US government considers them the most technologically advanced, ruthless, violent and dangerous cartel operating in the Mexico. The organization based in Tamaulipas expands in almost every corner of Mexico.

3. Aryan Brotherhood

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Location – California

Aryan Brotherhood, also known as ‘Brand’ and ‘AB’ is a prison gang and organized criminal group in US. Founded in 1964, it is today the largest, deadliest and most violent prison gang in the world with an estimated 20000 members inside the prisons and on the street. You can assume their level of brutality with their motto ‘Blood In, Blood Out’. According to a study, AB is responsible for 21% of murders across the country. As a crime syndicate, the Brand participates in every illegal activity one can imagine. No doubt, AB is a notoriously deadly organization which is probably unaware of term mercy and knows only bloodshed.

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2. Latin kings

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Location- Chicago

The Latin Kings gang, a Hispanic street gang, made up with male and female members. The gang was founded in 1940s with a positive purpose of preserving Hispanic culture and promoting education in US but it grew becoming one of the most violent and inhuman gangs with an estimated 43000 members across the country. The history of this gang is written in blood that includes the theft of military ordnance, consorting with a notorious terrorists group and a high school riot over a coca –cola poster. The Latin kings use different logos and also share unique codes as a way of communication among the members. The Latin Kings, always dressed up in Black & gold color, find their main source of income from lucrative drug trade.

1. Mara Salvatrucha

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Location- California

Can you pronounce this name? Well, I find it really hard. Now imagine! When we can’t pronounce their name, how can we gauge the level of their cruelty? Also known as MS-13, it is an international criminal gang originated in California in 1980. With a motto ‘Kill, Rape and Control’, MS-13 is today the most dangerous and ruthless gang in the world. Having more than 70000 members, this gang is involved virtually every type of criminal activity imaginable but are especially notorious for human trafficking and prostitution. At present, MS-13 has become so powerful that FBI started a ‘MS-13 National Gang Task Force’ in 2004. The members of MS-13, usually dressed up in blue & white, distinguish themselves with their own sign language tattoos all over the face and body.

These are the top 10 largest, most violent and dangerous gangs across the world 2022 who don’t know the language of love and peace. They only know the bloodshed, murders, screams, and violence. Humanity is being killed every day. For them an act of brutality might be a childish game but for the society it is a terror act, which shakes people from inside.

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Top 10 Biggest Gangs In The World 2022? ›

According to Grunge, these are the biggest and most dangerous gangs in the world currently.
  • Los Zetas (Mexico) ...
  • La Eme (USA) ...
  • The Clerkenwell Crime Syndicate (London) ...
  • Camorra (Campania, Italy) ...
  • The Bloods (Los Angeles, USA) ...
  • Public Enemy Number 1 (California, USA) ...
  • Yakuza (Japan) ...
  • Sinaloa Cartel (Sinaloa, Mexico)
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What is the biggest gangs in the world? ›

The Yakuza are among the largest organized crime organizations in the world. In Japan, as of 2005, there are some 86,300 known members. Hong Kong's Triads include up to 160,000 members in the 21st century. It was estimated that in the 1950s, there were 300,000 Triad members in Hong Kong.

Who is the biggest gangster in the world 2022? ›

El Chapo became Mexico's top drug king in 2003 and was considered the most powerful trafficker in the world. El Chapo Guzman's net worth is estimated to be roughly $1 billion, As of 2022.

Who is the No 1 gangster in the world? ›

Dawood Ibrahim
BornDawood Ibrahim Kaskar 26 December 1955 Khed, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, India
OccupationGangster criminal drug kingpin
Years active1976–present
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How many gangs are there? ›

More than 20,000 gangs consisting of approximately 1 million members exist in the United States; gangs are present in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories.

Who is the richest gangster? ›

Al Capone (estimated net worth in 1929: $100 million)

According to Biography, by 1929 notorious Prohibition-era gangster Al Capone had a fortune of $100 million: or as much as $18.6 billion in today's money.

Who is richest gangster today? ›

Top 50 Richest Criminals
  • Leona Helmsley. $5 Billion. ...
  • Carlos Lehder. $2.7 Billion. ...
  • Adnan Khashoggi. $2 Billion. ...
  • Griselda Blanco. $2 Billion. ...
  • Frank Costello. $1 Billion. ...
  • Joaquín Guzmán Loera. $1 Billion. ...
  • Carlo Gambino. $400 Million. ...
  • Jho Low. $150 Million.

Are mafias good? ›

When most people think of mobsters, they don't think of kind criminals. Surprisingly, there are many mafia good deeds that have helped to enrich communities, protect people after natural disasters, and end restrictive laws. Some gestures were for show or for leverage in their court cases.

What is a female gangster called? ›

A gun moll or gangster moll or gangster's moll is the female companion of a male professional criminal.

Why do kids join gangs? ›

Some children and adolescents are motivated to join a gang for a sense of connection or to define a new sense of who they are. Others are motivated by peer pressure, a need to protect themselves and their family, because a family member also is in a gang, or to make money.

Who invented gangs? ›

The "Father of Gang Research," Frederic Thrasher, gave the word its industrial-era meaning in the 1920s and made “gang” into a term which meant kids of the street.

Are gangs legal? ›

Gangs and the law

Gang membership isn't illegal but, once involved, members are more likely to commit robbery, assault or drug offences and to carry or use knives and guns.

Who is the Top 10 gangster in the world? ›

Full List
  • Semion Mogilevich.
  • Al Capone.
  • Charles 'Lucky' Luciano.
  • Pablo Escobar.
  • John Gotti.
  • Hisayuki Machii.
  • Tony 'Big Tuna' Accardo.
  • Salvatore Riina.

What does a gangster wear? ›

Dress formally.

Gangsters in the 20s and 30s dressed up rather elegantly. A typical outfit included an all-black, gray, or pinstriped suit with a tie. Keep the color scheme simple; stick to black, white, gray or brown. If you don't have a suit jacket, then wear a vest and roll up the sleeves of your collared shirt.

Who is the 1st richest gangster? ›

1. Amado Carrillo Fuentes. Amado Carrillo Fuentes was the head of the Mexican Juarez Cartel. He was known as “Lord Of The Skies” due to his private fleet of planes, including 22 private 727 jet airliners which were used to import cocaine from Colombia to Mexico where it was later smuggled into the United States.

Who is the most powerful criminal in the world? ›

Semion Yudkovich Mogilevich (Ukrainian: Семен Юдкович Могилевич, romanized: Semén Yúdkovych Mohylévych [seˈmɛn ˈjudkowɪtʃ moɦɪˈlɛwɪtʃ]; born June 30, 1946) is a Ukrainian-born Russian organized crime boss.

Who is the biggest female gangster? ›

6 of the Most Notorious Female Mobsters in History
  • Ma Barker (1893-1935) Described by J. ...
  • Virginia Hill (1916-1966) ...
  • Stephanie St. ...
  • Griselda Blanco (1943 – 2012) ...
  • Sister Ping (1949-2014) ...
  • Maria Licciardi (1951-)
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When did gangsters start? ›

The 1920s and 1930s were a time of rising crime, driven at first by Prohibition and then after its repeal, taking on a life of its own. The 1930s was a period of famous gangsters such as John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, and Ma Barker.

Who is the Top 10 gangster in the world? ›

Full List
  • Semion Mogilevich.
  • Al Capone.
  • Charles 'Lucky' Luciano.
  • Pablo Escobar.
  • John Gotti.
  • Hisayuki Machii.
  • Tony 'Big Tuna' Accardo.
  • Salvatore Riina.

Who is the most powerful criminal in the world? ›

Semion Yudkovich Mogilevich (Ukrainian: Семен Юдкович Могилевич, romanized: Semén Yúdkovych Mohylévych [seˈmɛn ˈjudkowɪtʃ moɦɪˈlɛwɪtʃ]; born June 30, 1946) is a Ukrainian-born Russian organized crime boss.


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