Watching the Star Wars trilogy as a young child (episodes four through six, as one through three don't count and were vastly inferior) I, like many others, found that although he was a "bad guy", Boba Fett was one of the more intriguing characters. As a bounty hunter, his job was to essentially travel the galaxy on the search for debtors and enemies of anyone who would pay. He had some of the most amazing gear out there and his own ship; the Slave I.
Years later, watching Dog the Bounty Hunter, the occupation still seemed interesting but not nearly as glamorous. Instead of a ship, Dog had an SUV and instead of cool gear, exotic locales and brilliant scoundrels to chase, he generally had to search out the lowest of the low, living in dirty, run-down neighborhoods who usually seemed half in the bag by 9 am. It still seemed interesting however, with every bounty presenting a new adventure.
On the topic of bounties, since shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the United States has offered bounties in the form of awards for information on wanted terrorists, both abroad and at home. These rewards, offered through the "Rewards for Justice" program, range from around $50,000 to several million dollars, depending on the notoriety of the wanted person. For those of you with an obscene amount of street smarts, language skills, weapon training and a sense for dangerous adventure, bounty hunting the United States' most wanted terrorist list could be an entertaining (while hazardous) way to make a living. This is of course fantasy, and The Richest does not encourage such an undertaking. With that said, here are the largest bounties offered for information leading to the arrest or killing of a terror suspect wanted by the United States.
10 Up To $50,000: Ahmad Abousamra
We start off our list with some relatively small timers with respect to this terrible game called terrorism. Ahmad Abousamra was born in France but lived much of his adult life in the United States. However, during the mid and late 2000's, he was suspected of having spent time travelling throughout the Middle East, making contact with and providing supplies and material to terrorist organisations. Having moved to that region, he is now suspected of running social media accounts for ISIS.
9 Up To $250,000: Daniel Andreas San Diego
Born and raised in California, Daniel Andreas San Diego has been a strict vegan since his adolescent years and is a wanted terrorist for taking his beliefs to extreme actions. A staunch animal rights activist, he joined the Animal Liberation Brigade and has been tied to two bombings which targeted Huntingdon Life Sciences, a testing company that tries out their products on animals. He was under heavy surveillance after these bombings, both of which occurred in 2003, but disappeared shortly thereafter. The bombs he was allegedly involved with creating did not kill or maim anyone, but did cause significant property damage. The FBI is offering a quarter of a million for information leading to his arrest, and while they thought they had tracked him to Hawaii in 2014, their searches have yet to find him.
8 Up To $1 Million: Adam Yahiye Gadahn, Radullan Sahiron, Joanne Deborah Chesimard and Abdul Basit Usman
Adam Yahiye Gadahn (pictured above) was born in Oregon in the 1970’s and converted to Islam in 1995. He later moved to Pakistan and became a supporting member of Al-Qaeda’s operations in that region. He has primarily worked as a propagandist for the group and remains wanted by the Department of State. Over the past few years, there have been rumors of his death and capture but none have proven to be based in truth.
Though she has changed her name to Assatta Shakur, “Joanne Deborah Chesimard” (pictured above) is her name as listed by the FBI. She was a member of the Black Liberation Army and the Black Panthers back in the early 1970’s, and was the subject of a massive law enforcement manhunt back in 1973 after she shot two New Jersey State Troopers, killing one. She committed various other acts throughout the 1970’s, from kidnapping to bank robberies, but was ultimately convicted for killing trooper Werner Foerster, and given a life sentence. She was broken out of prison by a small group of Black Panthers in 1979 and fled the United States to Cuba, having lived there since.
Abu Sayyaf is one of the more prominent Islamist terror groups in Asia, operating out of the Philippines. They have recently sworn allegiance to ISIS (ISIL, IS, whatever you want to call them) and in the past two decades, have engaged in all manner of terror activity ranging from kidnapping for ransom to murder. One of the group’s leaders is Raddulan Sahiron. He is wanted by the Department of State primarily for a couple of hostage takings which involved Americans.
7 Up To $2 Million: Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki and Abdullah Nowbahar
Moving up to the level of two million, we have two terrorist suspects; one gifted speaker who represents a group designated as a terrorist group in Pakistan and an explosives expert.
Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki is one of the commanders of the group Jamat Ud Dawah (JuD), which is an Islamist group dedicated to religious law in Pakistan. He is notoriously anti-India and is a close colleague of both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.
Abdullah Nowbahar is a prominent member of the group Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin. This is an Afghani group that is responsible for a suicide bombing of an armored car, in which several Americans (soldiers and contractors) were killed.
6 Up To $3 Million: Ten Suspects
One of Abdullah Nowbahar's co-conspirators in the suicide bombing mentioned previously is Abdul Saboor. Saboor is another explosives expert who was involved and the United States is offering three million for information on his whereabouts.
Others on the list of three million dollar suspects are Malik Abou Abdelkarim; member of the group Al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb, and Yasin Kilwe and Abdullahi Yare, Somalian members of the terrorist network Al-Shabaab (pictured above). Three prominent leaders of the Turkish Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party; Zerrin Sari, Seher Demir Sen and Musa Asoglu, who have led attacks on American interests in Turkey, are also worth three million dollars.
5 Up To $5 Million: 45 Suspects
By far the largest group represented on our list is those terrorists who are worth up to $5 million. Several influential terrorist leaders and groups associated with high profile hijackings and bombings are wanted for this amount. Among those with this amount of money being offered, are Ahmed Ibrahim al-Mughassil, Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed al-Nasser, Ali Saed Bin Ali al-Hoorie and Ibrahim Salih Mohammed al-Yacoub; key players in the bombing of the Khobar Towers US Air Force housing complex back in 1996. They are all alleged to have fled the area following the attack and are still at large.
Jamal Mohammad al-Badawi is another. He was one of the planners of the bombing of the USS Cole back in 2000. Though he was sentenced to death in Yemen, he escaped prison and is still unaccounted for.
Imad Mugniyah, Ali Atwa, Mohammad Ali Hammadi and Hassan Izz-al-Din were the hijackers of Trans World Airlines Flight 847. This act occurred back in 1985, but three of the four have not been punished for their involvement, and Mohammad Ali Hammadi, though he was in prison, escaped.
Although one member of the team that hijacked Pan Am Flight 73 back in 1986, Zayd Hassan Abd al-Latif Safarini, was caught and is now serving a sentence over a century long, four of those involved are still on the run. Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz al-Turki, Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim, Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussain ar-Rahayyal, and Muhammad Ahmed al-Munawar were all imprisoned at one point but got released in 2008.
While these four groups do not contain all terrorists with five million dollar bounties on their heads, these are the most notorious members of that "club"
4 Up To $5,200,000 (Two Departments Offering Bounties): Hussayn Muhammad al-Umari
This Palestinian-born explosives expert is wanted in connection with the bombing of Pan Am Flight 830, back in 1982. The 747 plane was bombed while en route to Honolulu from Tokyo. Hussayn Muhammad Al-Umari built the bomb, which would go on to kill one Japanese teenager and injure sixteen others. The plane landed in one piece, sustaining minimal structural damage. He is believed to be somewhere in Lebanon and is now nearly 80 years old and reported to be a frequent smoker so nature may take care of him before anyone is lucky enough to report his whereabouts and collect a wheelbarrow full of cash.
He is wanted by the State Department for $5 million but there is also a bounty of $200,000 from the Department of Defense.
3 Up To $7 Million: Muhsin al-Fadhli and Abubakar Shekau
For information on either of these two suspects, one can get up to seven million dollars. That is enough to retire today, live well and have plenty left over for the kids. Abubakar Shekau is the leader of Boko Haram, the Nigerian terrorist organisation that does, well, everything awful; from suicide bombings to that 2014 mass kidnapping.
Muhsin al-Fadhli is considered to be the leader of Al-Qaeda in Iran, and is one of that group's largest financiers in the Middle East.
2 Up To $10 Million: Six Suspects
If $7 million is enough to retire today and leave some money for the family, $10 million is enough for that along with having some personal enemies eliminated. Abu Du'a is our first and is the leader of ISIS.
Another prominent enemy worth a maximum of $10 million is Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of a terrorist network in Afghanistan that has attacked and killed plenty of Americans but also claimed responsibility for an attempted assassination of President Hamid Karzai. Another Afghani leader worth this amount is Mullah Omar (pictured above); the Taliban leader in the country. Although the group is no longer as powerful as it once was, it exists and Mullah Omar is the most prominent leader on the run.
Recall Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, of the group Jamat Ud-Dawah? He was wanted for two million. His boss, Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, is wanted for ten. Saeed is the founder of the group and was one of the key planners behind the 2008 attack in Mumbai, India.
Nasir al-Wahishi and Yasin al-Shuri are regional Al-Qaeda leaders in the Arabian Peninsula and Iran respectively. Both are wanted for $10 million.
1 Up To $25 Million: Ayman al-Zawahiri
The largest current bounty offered is for the doctor-turned-terrorist who founded the Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Along with this however, al-Zawahiri was a long time advisor to Osama bin Laden, and was instrumental in the planning process of the bombings of US embassies in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. Currently, al-Zawahiri is the leader of Al-Qaeda; in essence since the death of bin Laden.