Henry Hill Net Worth
Henry Hill had an estimated net worth of $5 million at death. Henry Hill was a member of the Lucchese crime family who became a federal informant, inspiring the Martin Scorsese movie ‘Goodfellas.’ He earned most of his income from his drug business.
In July 1978, Hill began dealing in drugs, and Burke eventually joined him, despite the Lucchese crime family’s prohibition on its members dealing in drugs. The Lucchese ban was enacted since the prison sentences for drug traffickers were so lengthy that they often became informants to receive a lesser sentence.
Based on connections he made in prison, Hill began wholesaling marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and quaaludes. He was caught by Narcotics Detectives Daniel Mann and William Broder after a young mule “ratted” him out. The detectives obtained information from “The Youngster” (so named by the detectives) that Hill had been a close friend of Vario and Burke and had probably been involved in the Lufthansa robbery. A dog-grooming salon was used as a front by Hill’s old prison friend from Pittsburgh.
To calculate the net worth of Henry Hill, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Net Worth:||$5 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$10 Thousand|
|Annual Income:||$200 Thousand|
|Source of Wealth:||Drug Dealer|
Hill was born on June 11, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up in a neighborhood dominated by the Lucchese crime family. Fascinated by gangsters, he began fantasizing about joining the Mafia at the age of 12.
Life in the Mafia
Hill, the son of an Irish father and a Sicilian mother, could never be a “made” Mafia member because he wasn’t a true Italian, but his charm and cunning earned him a place within the Lucchese family. Hill quickly became a close associate and friend of Paul Vario, one of the family’s more respected capos. In his adolescence, Hill ran errands for Vario and his crew before transitioning to more serious crime. Beginning in 1955, he spent three decades in the Mafia.
Hill lived up to his gangster image by having several affairs and staying out until the wee hours of the morning drinking, partying, and playing cards. Hill was sentenced to ten years in prison for assaulting a non-paying gambler whose sister worked for the FBI. Once inside, he quickly realized that Mafia members were treated preferentially by convicts and guards who had been paid off by crime families.
Hill used his prison narcotics contacts after his release to move large amounts of cocaine from Brooklyn to Pittsburgh. Hill’s drug addiction worsened as his operation expanded. Hill only became a federal witness after he realized he was next on the hit list. His testimony led to the convictions of some of New York’s most feared mobsters, including Vario.
Hill, his wife, and their two children were accepted into the United States Federal Witness Protection Program in 1980. Hill was kicked out of the program two years later, after moving his family to Nebraska and then Kentucky.
Later Years and Death
Hill relocated to the West Coast with his 14-year girlfriend, Lisa Caserta, after being kicked out of the Witness Protection Program. Hill worked to reconcile his past in his later years, enrolling in classes to become a certified drug and alcohol counselor. Even in his old age, many people still saw Hill as a rat and an addict, despite his efforts at redemption. Hill also appeared frequently on The Howard Stern Show, where he frequently discussed his past.
Hill died on June 12, 2012, at the age of 69, following a brief illness. At the time, he was living in Los Angeles. Hill leaves behind his two children, Gregg and Gina, as well as his girlfriend, Caserta.
Hill’s story was told in Nicholas Pileggi’s bestselling book Wiseguy (1985), which was made famous by Martin Scorsese’s film Goodfellas (1990). Ray Liotta played Hill in the film, which received six Academy Award nominations. (For his portrayal of Tommy DeVito, Joe Pesci was the sole winner among the nominations.) Nora Ephron, Pileggi’s wife, used Hill as inspiration for her film My Blue Heaven, which starred Steve Martin as former mobster Vincent “Vinnie” Antonelli. Because it was released a month before Goodfellas, some consider it a prequel.
From 1965 to 1989, Hill was married to Karen Friedman. In 2002, they finalized their divorce. Gregg and Gina were the couple’s two children. Hill later married Kelly Alor from 1990 to 1996 before becoming engaged to Lisa Caserta in 2006 until his death in 2012.
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