Mafia Bosses and Hierarchies Heading into 2021

Mafia Bosses and Hierarchies Heading into 2021

Let’s kick off 2021 with our annual look into the current Mafia bosses and hierarchies of each of the remaining Cosa Nostra families in America.

While it’s true the Mafia in the U.S. isn’t what it once was at the peak of its power, it’s still a viable and profitable criminal enterprise that has proven to be very resilient. The Mafia continues to make millions and millions of dollars from not only traditional mob rackets but new and innovative schemes, even with the COVID-19 pandemic expanding into 2021.  Last year, we saw many new schemes in an attempt to adapt to the times.  An example of this would be the introduction of COVID-19 vaccines, where we reported on About The Mafia how many crime families were looking to cash-in on the vaccine distribution.

There have been numerous reports of the Mob’s demise over the last decade or so but families in and outside of New York remain. Over the past few years several mafia families across the country have been able to reorganize themselves under new leadership and in some cases even rebounded from previous downturns in both size and power.

Over the past year About The Mafia has covered all the major Mafia news including changes in leadership, major indictments, and important Mob trials. When it comes to organized crime and especially the American Mafia the landscape is always changing and families are often forced to adapt on the fly. Let’s take a look at how things stand today within the remaining La Cosa Nostra families including the Five Families of the New York Mafia and more.  Please note that these charts will be updated for accuracy throughout 2021.

GAMBINO CRIME FAMILY (NY)

Boss: Peter “One Eye” Gotti/81 (DEAD – 2/25/21)
Acting Boss: Lorenzo Mannino
UnderBoss: ?????
Consiglieri: Michael “Mickey Boy” Paradiso / 80

*Former boss Frank Cali , has since been killed*

LUCCHESE CRIME FAMILY (NY)

Boss: Vittorio “Vic the Terminator” Amuso/85 (IP/L)
Acting Boss: Michael “Mike” DeSantis/67
UnderBoss: Patrick “Patty Red” Dellorusso/60
Consiglieri: Andrew DiSimone/57

*Note: former Lucchese Underboss Anthony ‘Gaspipe’ Casso passed away in December 2020.*

GENOVESE CRIME FAMILY (NY)

Boss: Liborio S. “Barney” Bellomo/63
Street Boss: Michael “Mickey” Ragusa/55
UnderBoss: Ernest Muscarella/76
Consigliere: ?????

COLOMBO CRIME FAMILY (NY)

Boss: Alphonse “Allie Boy” Persico (?)
Street Boss: Andrew “Andy Mush” Russo
Underboss: Benjamin “The Little Guy” Castellazzo
Acting Underboss: ???
Consigliere: ???
Acting Consigliere: Thomas “Mr. T” Farese

*Dominick “Donnie Shacks” Montemarano, former acting underboss, has died from COVID-19 complications*

BONANNO CRIME FAMILY (NY)

Boss: Michael “The Nose” Mancuso
Underboss/Acting Boss: John Palazzolo
Consigliere: Vincent Badalamenti (?)

PHILADELPHIA MAFIA FAMILY

Boss: Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino
Acting/Street Boss: George Borgesi (?)
Underboss: Steven “Handsome Stevie” Mazzone
Consigliere: Johnny Chang (?)

*Michael “Mikey Lance” Lancelotti, previous acting boss, has taken a step back due to battles with cancer, Phil Narducci is now independent.*

DETROIT MAFIA FAMILY

Boss: Jack “Jackie the Kid” Giacalone
Underboss: Anthony (Chicago Tony) La Piana
Consigliere: (?)
Street Boss: Peter (Specs) Tocco

DeCAVALCANTE FAMILY (New Jersey Mafia Family)

Boss: Charles Majuri (?)
UnderBoss: “Unknown”
Consiglieri: Frank “Shipe” Nigro

PATRIARCA FAMILY (New England Mafia Family)

Boss/Acting Boss: Carmen (The Cheeseman) DiNunzio
UnderBoss: Matthew Guglielmetti
Consiglieri: (?)

CHICAGO MAFIA FAMILY (CHICAGO OUTFIT)

Acting Boss/Boss: Salvatore “Solly D” DeLaurentis
Underboss: Salvatore “Sammy Cards” Cataudella
Street Boss: Albert Vena
Consigliere: Marco D’Amico

BUFFALO MAFIA FAMILY

Boss: Joseph Todaro Jr. (?)
Underboss: Domenico Violi (?)
Consigliere: Victor Sansanese (?)

KANSAS CITY MAFIA FAMILY

Boss: John “Johnny Joe” Sciortino
UnderBoss: Peter “Las Vegas Pete” Simone
Consigliere: Frank DeLuna (?)

CLEVELAND MAFIA FAMILY

Boss: Russell “RJ” Papalardo
Underboss: Raymond “Lefty” LaMarca (?)
Consigliere: “Unknown”

For a more in-depth look at each Mafia family check out our Mafia Charts Page!

*Please note that some family lineage may be out-of-date or unknown due to the secrecy of the life.  Family lineage charts are created based on our sources to the best of our ability.  If you have a correction or comment please send us an email.*

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