It's not exactly an honest day's work, but it certainly seems to return much more than an honest day's pay: Somali pirate Saeed Yare tells Reuters—while reclining against his luxe Toyota Landcruiser—that he raked in $2.4 million last year. He raked that in by investing in two hijacking ventures and personally hijacking a third ship. What does all that cash get him? "I spent some on weapons, private bodyguards, luxury cars, trucks, a boat, and three villas. And I still have enough to use until another ship is hijacked."
Yare, who calls himself a "pirate tycoon," joined the profession just two years ago after leaving a lucrative gig selling drugs. "I got inspired to be a pure pirate in 2009. First, I set off into the sea with them and captured a Saudi oil tanker that made us lick our fingers—a hell of a lot of cash!" And there's no turning back. "The piracy business is like a presidential seat, you don't want to give it up once you taste its sweetness."