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Michael Franzese

Michael Franzese

At a Glance:

A former captain in New York’s notorious Colombo crime family, Michael Franzese did the unthinkable and walked away from a life of crime into a life of helping others. Once renowned as the Mob’s highest earner since Al Capone, now Franzese travels the world motivating executives and speaking to at risk youth and college athletes on the dangers of the criminal underworld.

Michael Franzese’s Vision & Goals:

  • Utilize the experiences from his former life to motivate corporate executives, athletes, at-risk youth and church audiences.
  • Inspire audience and readers to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives.



Michael Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious Underboss of New York’s violent and feared Colombo crime family. At his peak, he generated an estimated $5 to $8 million per week from legal and illegal businesses and was even named one of the biggest money earners the mob had seen since Al Capone, by Vanity Fair. At the age of 35, Fortune Magazine listed Franzese as number 18 on its list of the “Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses”, just 5 behind John Gotti. Avoiding traditional mob domains, Michael masterminded brilliant scams on the edge of the legitimate business world. Once he decided to leave the criminal world behind him, he went on to become the only high ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away, without protective custodies, and survive.

Now on a mission, he is determined to use his past experiences to benefit  anyone seeking the inspiration to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives. Having become a highly regarded motivational speaker nd source of invaluable information, Franzese candidly describes how he survived dozens of grand jury appearances, 5 major racketeering indictments, 5 criminal trials, 7 years in prison and a Mafia death sentence.  He also tells how he engaged bankers, corporate executives, union officials and professional and student athletes in a wide variety of financial scams.  His open and honest presentations have been called fresh and unique and audiences are captivated and genuinely affected by his powerful anti-crime messages and eye opening revelations.

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Ex-Mafia boss: Hoffa’s body won’t be found
Fox News, September 22, 2014

Greg Laurie Interviews Michael Franzese
Harvest: Greg Laurie, June 30, 2014

Escape From the Mob
ABC News, September 15, 2010

Press Releases

Michael Franzese News

03-10-2017 – WGN-TVFormer Crime Boss Talks About Life After The Mob

12-7-2016 – WGN-TVMobster-turned-minister brings message of hope to Cook County inmates

12/1/2016 – WGN-TVFormer New York crime boss Michael Franzese on walking away from the mob, forgiving his father & cleaning up Chicago

07/20/2015 – 3AW 693 News TalkLife In The Mob: Michael Franzese Talks Italian Food, And Life In The Mafia

07/11/2015 – Sydney Morning HeraldMaking A Killing

04/28/2015 – Daily Local NewsEx-Mobster Michael Franzese Speaks At Freedom Life Coatesville

03/15/2015 – The StarMichael Franzese Reveals What Life Was Like With The Mob

03/06/2015 – Chicago TribuneSt. Raphael To Host Unconventional Speaker

10/31/2014 – Christian PostEx-Mob Boss Michael Franzese on Former Life in La Cosa Nostra: ‘You Sit and Negotiate With John Gotti, You Learn Some Things’

08/20/2014 – MarketWatchEven A Former Mob Boss Doesn’t Trust Wall Street

05/08/2014 – VarietyCANNES: ‘God The Father’ Documentary Set For U.S. Release (Exclusive)

01/09/2014 – The TelegraphThe Linkdrop: Michael Franzese Describes What It’s Like To Be A Mafia Boss

01/08/2014 – MashableEx-Mafia Boss In Reddit AMA: ‘I’m Not Proud Of My Past’

Media Contacts

Glenn Selig

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