Top 5 Richest Pirates Ever. These are the richest pirates that ever sailed our oceans. These pirates plundered their way into the record books.
The information and numbers here have been reported by Forbes and are based on various historical records and accounts. Treasures and goods pillaged were converted into U.S. dollars, using the retail price index.
5. Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts – $32 million
Bartholomew “Black Bart” Roberts gained the reputation of being the most successful pirate of the Golden Age of Piracy. He roamed the seas between 1719 and 1722 and raided ships off the Americas and West Africa. He was a Welshman whose nickname “Black Bart” (Barti Ddu in Welsh) was never used during his lifetime, only after. He died in 1722 and his fortune disappeared upon his death…
4. John Bowen – $40 million
John Bowen, born on Bermuda, was a pirate who was also active during the Golden Age of Piracy. He had a fierce reputation and he’s one of only a few successful pirates who actually retired. After taking a mighty bounty of 170,000 pounds in goods and coinage he retired, however he died of an unspecified intestinal disease on his way to Madagascar.
3. Thomas Tew – $103 million
Thomas Tew pillaged the seas a short time before the Golden Age of Piracy, and died before them as well, in 1695. He became known as the Rhode Island Pirate for his favorite place to roam was just off its shores. The fact that he operated shortly before – and not during – the Golden Age of Piracy did not hurt his profits too much…
2. Sir Francis Drake – $115 million
Sir Francis Drake lived quite an adventurous life, as an English sea captain, navigator, politician, privateer, slaver, and pirate. Drake was the second to circumnavigate the world. As a British privateer he had an enormous hand in saving England from the Spanish Armada. After which he went on to live a life of plunder and profit at the command of Her Majesty’s Government…
1. Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy $120 million
Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy was an Englishman who patrolled the waters around and off the coast of New England during the 18th century. In 1717, he captured the Whydah, a slave ship, which was reportedly holding more than four and a half tons of silver and gold. Known for his generosity, Bellamy took Whydah as his new flagship and gave one of his old ships to the defeated crew, keeping the bounty of course. It was acts like this that earned him the nickname “Prince of Pirates.”