Frank Lucas is a former gangster and big shot drug dealer best known for his massive chain of an international drug ring which connected from New York to South East Asia. Born in the United States, he dealt actively between the late 1960's and early 1970s in Harlem. The notorious yet cunning gangster had a unique style of doing things, and he directed connection with Asian drug lord 007 in Southeast Asia himself and worked directly. Moreover, he is also infamous for his film American Gangster, which features his life during his active days as a drug dealer. He is portrayed by Denzel Washington in the film.
However, at the moment, he has given up the life of crime and works to support children of imprisoned parents through organization Yellow Brick Road started by his daughter Francine. According to sources, at the moment, he has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million which is not even comparable to his net worth back during his days as a criminal.
Here we are going to give you some in-depth information about Frank Lucas' net worth back then and now, his earnings and his career as a high-class drug dealer.
Frank Lucas' net worth and earnings
Frank Lucas's current net worth $1.5 million, but back when he was not caught and was running his illegal business of drug successfully, he had an estimated net worth of $52 million which he had revealed himself. According to him, he also earned a massive $1 million every day. Besides, the majority of his money was in Cayman Islands banks, and some were also packed in safe lockers. At the time, he also had 1000 kilograms of heroin in hand which was worth $300,000 per kilo.
— Frank Lucas (@FrankLucasApp) September 11, 2016
When he started his life of crime, he was sure that he wanted to be very rich which he called "Donald Trump rich," and he sure did reach his goal in life. In fact, he had so much cash in hand that he would run out of place to hide it. And according to sources, he would often drive with trash bags full of cash to the bank in the Bronx and exchange them with legal bills.
Moreover, the A-list criminal was able to buy properties throughout the United States. He owned numerous apartments in LA and Miami and some office buildings in Detroit. He also purchased a chain of dry cleaner and gas stations to make his earning more legit followed by a breeding bull farm in thousands acres ranch in North Carolina with 300 Black Angus cattle and first-class breeding bulls.
He also owned some luxurious and super expensive accessories and coats of mink and chinchilla. According to reports, he even bought a matching bracelet for himself and his wife of Van Cleef worth $140 thousand, and his wife also gifted him a fur coat and matching hat worth $50 thousand $10 thousand respectively. However, he preferred dressing very casual and suited up normally to keep himself as low profile as possible.
Frank Lucas in his chinchilla fur coat
Furthermore, he has close connections with many Hollywood celebrities including Sean Combs, also known as P Diddy. According to sources, P Diddy visited his house with his father during his childhood and played with Frank's daughter. Moreover, he also met Howard Hughes at a club in Harlem.
Back in the days, he also contributed $100,000 to the movie titled The Ripoff. He also lent his classy high-end cars for the movie, but the movie never finished production.
Frank Lucas' Career as a criminal
Frank knew that he had to take up the road of criminalism and illegal works to survive after he witnessed the brutal murder of his 13-year-old cousin by members of KKK (Ku Klux Klan) just because he was claimed to have looked at a white woman in a very flirtatious manner.
Later, he started working as a truck driver for a company and soon was caught red-handed sleeping with his boss' daughter. This was when his first criminal activity started as he knocked the father down by hitting him on the head with a pipe. He feared that he would get arrested so, he stole $400 from the company and set the building on fire and fled to New York.
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