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El Chapo Net Worth: Cartel Career & Prison Escape

The Mexican drug kingpin of the Sinaloa Cartel, Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera a.k.a. El Chapo’s net worth is $1 billion. 

Booking photo of Joaquin
Booking Photo of Joaquin (Source: Wikipedia)

Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera is a Mexican drug lord and the former leader of the Sinaloa Drug cartel, an international crime syndicate that trafficked drugs into the U.S. 

El Chapo | Quick Facts

An overview of El Chapo’s life:

Full name Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera
Nickname El Chapo (shorty) , Guzman, El Rapido
Date of birth 4 April 1957
Age 67 Years old
Birthplace Badiraguato Municipality, Sinaloa, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Ethnicity Hispanic
Zodiac sign Aries
Education Middle school Dropout
Net worth $1 Billion
Occupation Illegal drug trafficker, organized criminal
Father’s name Emilio Guzman Bustillos
Mother’s name           Maria Consuelo Loera Pérez
Predecessor Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo
Successor Ismael Zambada García
Sexual orientation Straight
Height 1.68 m (5’6″)
Weight 80 kg
Eye color Brown
Hair color Brown
Marital status Married
Siblings Miguel Ángel Guzmán Loera, Aureliano Guzmán Loera, L. Arturo Guzmán Loera, Bernarda Guzmán Loera, Armida Guzmán Loera, Emilio Guzmán Loera, Ovidio Guzmán Loera
Spouse Alejandrina María Salazar Hernández (1977)

Estela Peña (date unknown)

Griselda López Pérez (mid-1980s)

Emma Coronel Aispuro (2007)

Children Оvіdіо Guzmán Lóреz, Іvаn Аrсhіvаldо Guzmán Ѕаlаzаr, Јеѕúѕ Аlfrеdо Guzmán Ѕаlаzаr, Édgаr Guzmán Lóреz, Сéѕаr Guzmán Ѕаlаzаr, Кіm Guzmаn Dоlсі, Rоѕа Іѕеlа Guzmán Оrtіz, Аlејаndrіnа Gіѕѕеllе Guzmán Ѕаlаzаr, Grіѕеldа Guаdаluре Guzmán Lóреz, Еmаlі Guаdаluре Guzmán Соrоnеl, Маríа Јоаquіnа Guzmán Соrоnеl, Јоаquín Guzmán, Lóреz Lаіѕhа Guzmán
Last updated May, 2024

 El Chapo | Net Worth and Income 

Joaquin Guzman Loera, also known as El Chapo, is a Mexican drug lord who was the former leader of the Sinaloa Drug Cartel. Guzman’s net worth is believed to be $1 billion as of May 2024.

 As the cartel’s leader, El Chapo was in charge of the drug trade between Mexico and the United States.

The Sinaloa Cartel is also the main supplier of drugs trafficked into the United States each year, transported by land and air through a complicated distribution system. 

Guzman’s favorite way of trafficking was an advanced network of underground tunnel systems he also used to escape the prison on 11 July 2015.

According to the New York Times, Guzman made more than $12 billion in his 30 years as cartel leader by trafficking more than 600,000 kilograms of cocaine, 200 kilograms of heroin, and at least 420,000 kilos of marijuana.

According to Forbes, the cartel was making a yearly income of $3 billion under the reign of Guzman, which is still an extended amount as the drug trade is an illegal business and not recorded. 

Net Worth of El Chapo in Different Currencies 

Let’s look into El Chapo’s net worth in different currencies.

Currency Net Worth
Euro € 883,235,000
Pound Sterling £ 744,135,000
Australian Dollar A$ 1,381,301,000
Canadian Dollar C$ 1,279,865,000
Indian Rupee ₹ 74,686,300,000
BitCoin ฿ 20,234

El Chapo | Houses, & Cars 

One of the most infamous drug lord in the world El Chapo’s net worth is a whopping $1 billion.

Guzman owns several high-end residences, cars, boats, and other expensive items, many of which were auctioned off by the Government in 2019.

His Culiacan house was remodeled and given away in a national lottery organized by the Mexican Government. 

Being an international criminal and an extremely rich drug lord, El Chapo built many hideouts and escape homes around Mexico to flee the DEA and polices. 

Three of his six homes, with an estimated worth of at least $1 million, were sold for just $227,960.

El Chapo | Lifestyle 

As of May 2024, El Chapo’s net worth is estimated to be a staggering $1 billion.

On April 4, 1957, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman was born in La Tuna, Badiraguato Municipality, Sinaloa, Mexico, as Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman Loera. 

He was raised by his mother Maria and father Emilio, a cow farmer. Like all other families in the area, they grew some opium and marijuana to make extra money. 

El Chapo has 6 siblings; Armida, Bernarda, Aureliano, Miguel Angel, Emilio, and Arturo. Joaquin had three elder brothers, all of them died while he was young.

Guzman’s brother Arturo was murdered in prison by a fellow inmate. 

El Chapo dropped out of school in the third grade to work for his father, abusive towards him. 

He was kicked out of his family and lived with his grandmother for a few years. Then his uncle, who was a drug dealer, introduced him to organized crime.

Guzman has married quite a few times, some of his wives even being abductees. 

In 1977, El Chapo married Alejandrina Maria Salazar Hernandez. Before they divorced, they had at least three children together.

El Chapo married Estela Pena, a bank employee who he abducted. 

Moreover, he married Griselda Lopez Perez in the mid-1980s and had four children together.

Furthermore, Guzman married Emma Coronel Aispuro, an 18-year-old American beauty queen, in 2007. Together they had a twin’s Email, Guadalupe and Maria Joaquina four years later.

El Chapo’s son decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and build a drug empire. Edgar, his son, was assassinated in 2008.

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El Chapo | Imprisonment and Prison Breaks 

Guzman was sentenced to 20 years and nine months in jail after being accused of drug trafficking, bribery, and criminal association. 

First Escape:

Joaquin bribed several guards and escaped from jail in January 2001, hidden in a laundry cart. His escape was said to have included around 80 people.

El Chapo Arrested By DEA
El Chapo Arrested By DEA (Source: ABC News)

El Chapo was ultimately apprehended in February 2014 in a hotel in Mazatlan, Mexico, after police searched for him for 13 years.

Guzman was brought to a maximum-security prison, where he was held in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day.

Second Escape:

Guzman once again fled his maximum-security prison cell on 11 July 2015.

Security cameras last spotted Guzman at his cell’s shower area at around 11 pm. The only area of his cell that was not visible through the security camera was the shower area. 

He built a 1.5 km long tunnel from his jail cell to a construction area. The tunnel was well equipped with lights, high-tech construction, and even a motorcycle. 

Third Imprisonment:

Federal police arrested him in a stolen vehicle in January 2016. The police took him to a motel, where he awaited reinforcements and handed over to the Marines.

After being sent to Mexican maximum-security prison, Joaquin was extradited to the United States. 

El Chapo's Current Prison Cell
El Chapo’s Current Prison Cell (Source: The Sun)

In the United States, Guzman was sentenced to life in prison and 30 years in prison in July 2019 on various charges, including kidnapping, murder, money laundering, and drug trafficking.

He is currently serving his jail sentence. 

El Chapo | Books, Movies, and Documentaries 

Authors and journalists have written many books over the life of El Chapo. Some of the books are:

  1. El Chapo: The Untold Story of World’s Most Infamous Drug Lord by Noah Hurowitz 
  2. Hunting El Chapo: The Inside Story of the American Lawman Who Captured the World’s Most-Wanted Drug Lord by Andrew Hogan and Douglas Century 
  3. El Chapo: The Story of the World’s Most Notorious Drug Lord by Terry Burrows
  4. El Chapo Guzman: His Life of Crime (J.D. Rockefeller) by J. D. Rockefeller

These are a few of many books written over the life of the notorious crime boss. 

There are also documentaries and series made after the life of El Chapo Guzman. 


The Legend of Shorty: 2014 

El Chapo & Sean Penn: Bungle in the Jungle: 2016 

El Chapo’s story has also been featured in the Netflix documentary: Drug Lords

Movies and Series:

The life of crime looks as if it is fresh out of a movie. So no doubt, the Hollywood producers will take an interest in something that could catch the eyes of millions of viewers around the World.

Guzman’s story has been thrillingly portrayed in many movies and series. Some of which you can watch on popular online platforms like Netflix.

  1. Narcos: Mexico 
  2. El Chapo 
  3. Chapo: el escape del siglo

El Chapo | Career 

El Chapo’s involvement with drugs began at a very early age. His uncle, who was also a drug dealer, introduced him to the life of crime to make easy money. 

When his former cartel disbanded, Guzman became the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. 

Under his leadership, the cartel adopted unique trafficking strategies like digging tunnels, hiding drugs in chili pepper cans, fire extinguishers, etc. The cartel was making $3 billion a year. 

All of this made Sinaloa Cartel the top distributor of drugs around the world and El Chapo one of the richest drug lords in history. 

Three Facts About El Chapo 

  • Under Guzman’s leadership, the Sinaloa Cartel was trafficking 1/4th of the World’s illegal drugs.
  • Few of his family members, including his brother, one of his sons, and his nephew, were killed by Sinaloa’s archrival cartels.
  • He was such a wanted criminal both in Mexico and the United States that the U.S. offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.


Is El Chapo still alive?

El Chapo is very much alive and currently serving his jail sentence in one of the maximum-security prisons in Colorado in the United States. 

Who is running Sinaloa Cartel now?

After Guzman’s arrest and imprisonment, the Sinaloa cartel was led by Ismael Zambada García, also known as El Mayo. 

Has El Chapo met Pablo Escobar?

In his interview with Sean Penn, El Chapo confirmed that he had met Pablo Escobar once while working for the former Guadalajara Cartel. 

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