financier and fugitive
Died: November 23, 2007
Best Known as: American financier who allegedly stole $200 million dollars from investors
Robert Vesco was a financier who was a fugitive of the United States government since 1972. Vesco was accused of steeling over $200 million from investors in the 1970s. He was also charged with drug trafficking, illegally contributing to President Richard Nixon’s campaign, and bribing United States officials. Vesco escaped to Costa Rica and the Bahamas, but was eventually caught by authorities in Cuba and spent 10 years in jail. He spent the remaining years of his life in Cuba living with his wife.