Well, first it is imperative to establish that there is no such man. Bin Laden might have been the most wanted man for the United States of America (“USA”) and some of its allies, but definitely not the world’s most wanted. Let us remember thousands of people followed that man and considered him to be some sort of spiritual leader.
Now, we could turn to the FBI’s most wanted list, however, it does not rank its members so it is of no use to answer our question. Nevertheless, to The Guardian and Yahoo, Mexican druglord Joaquín Guzmán, also known as ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán (‘Shorty’ Guzmán) is the one who took over bin Laden’s place as the number one public enemy.
Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera was born on April 4th, 1957 in Badiraguato (Sinaloa, Mexico). He has been identified by Mexican and American authorities as head of the Sinaloa Cartel. He has an estimated fortune of $1 billion (USD).
‘El Chapo’ or ‘Shorty’ (he stands 5ft 6in tall) heads an international drug trafficking organisation, the Sinaloa Cartel, and became Mexico’s top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cárdenas of the Gulf Cartel. Appears simultaneously on Forbes’s lists of the world’s most powerful, most wealthy and most wanted men. Ruthless and determined, Guzmán has succeeded in turning Ciudad Juárez, a strategic smuggling point that overlooks El Paso, Texas, into one of the murder capitals of the world through mind-numbingly brutal battles against both the Gulf and La Linea cartels, leaving thousands dead. A faction from La Linea has recently defected to Shorty’s side; a local street gang, the Mexicles, has sub-contracted its services in killing, kidnapping, drug dealing and extorting; and even elements of the police and army seem to have thrown their lot in with him. Sinaloa smuggles many tonnes of cocaine from Colombia through Mexico into the United States, and is also heavily involved in Mexican methamphetamine, marijuana and heroin. The Guardian.
Well, now you know who is the most wanted. If you run into him, please, feel free not to tell me and good luck!
May 6th, 2011.