Frank Costello

American mobster

Frank "the Prime Minister" Costello (January 26, 1891February 18, 1973), born Francesco Castiglia, was an Italian gangster and crime boss. Costello rose to the top of America's underworld, controlled a vast gambling empire across the United States and enjoyed political influence. Nicknamed "the Prime Minister of the Underworld," he became one of the most powerful and influential mob bosses in American history, eventually leading the Luciano crime family (later called the Genovese crime family), one of the Five Families that operates in New York.

Frank "The Prime Minister" Costello. Born: 26 January, 1891. Mafia Title: The Prime Minister of La Cosa Nostra. Capo di Tutti Capi.


  • I’m sorry, counselor, I’d rather blow the goddamn case.
    • While on trial and his lawyer asked him to stop wearing $350 suits, which were hurting his case with the jury, and to switch to clothes from the plain pipe rack.
    • as quoted in The Mafia Encyclopedia, written by Carl Sifakis, p. 125 [1]

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