杜月笙 (Dù Yuèshēng) was the most notorious gangster boss in China’s history.
Born near Shànghăi in 1888, he was orphaned at 9, and survived through theft and odd jobs. He eventually got involved with the criminal underworld, and was able to rise through the ranks with the help of his gangster boss’ wife, who took a “liking” to him.
By his 30s, he had become the uncontested ruler of Shànghăi’s gambling, prostitution, and drug empire, and known as “Big-Eared Dù” (see picture!).
His “Green Gang” was in league with Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Party, to which the gang paid racket money for staying out of the opium trade. Chiang hired the gang to carry out “The White Terror” of 1927, a massacre of thousands of Communists which forced Máo to retreat to guerilla warfare in the countryside.
After the Communist takeover in 1949, Dù Yuèshēng went into exile in Hong Kong.
The godfather with his last wife, a famous opera actor. Gangsters retire too, you know. Sina Blog