Michael Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious Underboss of the feared Colombo crime family. At his most affluent, he generated 5-8 million dollars per week from legal and illegal businesses.
Avoiding traditional mob domains, Michael masterminded brilliant scams on the edge of the legitimate business world. From auto dealerships to financial services and the sports and entertainment industries to a multi-billion dollar tax scam, he became one of the biggest money makers in mob history.
Michael is the only high-ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away without protective custody, and survive.