Friday, March 13, 2009

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, aka Shorty, makes Forbes Billionaires List

Drugs are big money.

Case-in-point: the fat wallet of “El Chapo.” Wait, who?

Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera made the Forbes Billionaires List this week.

He's the 701th member of the list with an estimated net worth of $1 billion.

Guzman Loera is the head of the Sinaloa drug cartel. He escaped from Mexican prison in 2001, CNN reports.

The Attorney General of Mexico was not pleased:

"I will never accept that a criminal could be recognized as someone distinguished, even if it is by a magazine like Forbes," Medina Mora said at a drug traffic summit Thursday in Vienna, Austria, CNN reports.

Forbes is "comparing the deplorable activity of a criminal wanted in Mexico and abroad with that of honest businessmen," he said.

Nor is the Mexican president:

"It is very sad the intensification of a campaign, which seems to me, has been launched against Mexico," President Felipe Calderon said.

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