Mickey Cohen Net Worth – Biography, Age, Height, and Family Facts
Mickey Cohen was a well-known criminal who lived from September 4, 1914 until his death on July 29, 1976 (aged 61). He amassed wealth through a career as a mobster; leading Jewish mafia groups in Los Angeles as leader and engaging in activities such as gambling, extortion, and murder; also being close with famous Hollywood figures such as Frank Sinatra and Humphrey Bogart as close allies.
At an early age, he made his entrance into the mobster world and quickly rose through its ranks, eventually becoming one of the most feared and influential gangsters in America with an estimated net worth of about $20 Million at its height.
He was well-known for his lavish lifestyle and often socialized with celebrities and high-profile individuals. Additionally, he was frequently interviewed in the media regarding his illegal activities.
Cohen was an imposing presence in Los Angeles underworld, boasting long history of questionable dealings and was considered the city’s most powerful crime boss. He engaged in illegal activities including bootlegging, gambling and murder as well as being associated with Hollywood stars and vocal critic of FBI anti-mob policies.
Cohen stood out among American mobsters as an Orthodox Jewish child of immigrants to America during the early 1900s who immigrated for better economic prospects, leading them to move from Pennsylvania into Ohio where his childhood was marred by poverty and limited educational opportunity; his older brother Harry served as both surrogate father and corrupting influence, introducing young Cohen to gambling, bootlegging and chicanery activities.
At 15, he began immersing himself in Cleveland’s fighting scene, quickly understanding that racketeering and fighting were two sides of one coin. Soon enough he emerged as one of Cleveland’s premier fighters and made history when he engaged Patsy Farr in his first professional match on April 8, 1930 – ultimately winning that fight!
In 1947, Cohen relocated to Los Angeles where he worked under Bugsy Siegel to establish the Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. While managing its sports book and race wire he helped establish Vegas as an international gambling mecca.
Cohen was renowned for his controversial and aggressive behavior. A favorite target of law enforcement agencies like the FBI and other law enforcement bodies, numerous assassination attempts were attributed to him. A 1957 60 Minutes interview profiled his high-profile lifestyle in Los Angeles where he often associated himself with movie stars, luxury cars and designer clothing – his bodyguard John “Johnny Stomp” Stompanato was eventually murdered by Lana Turner’s daughter in 1958 and ultimately led to his conviction on conspiracy to murder charges and his subsequent sentencing to prison time.