Terrorism is one of the major concerns not only in India but everywhere in the world. Be it the 9/11 attacks in the US or the 26/11 attacks in Mumbai, a lot of people have been at its receiving end and they are still fighting its traumatic effects. These organizations spend too much to cause all the destruction, and is fuelled by various sources.

According to Forbes , here are the top 10 richest terrorist organizations which have created a havoc in the world.

[These outfits are prevalent at many places. The locations mentioned here are the most predominant ones.]

#10 Real IRA

$50 Million

Northern Ireland, Ireland, United Kingdom

Its aim is to release the Northern part of Ireland and create a united Irish state, which includes Northern Ireland and Ireland. They receive major funds from illegal trade in various goods.

#9 Boko Haram

$52 Million

Nigeria, Cameroon

The main motive of this organization is to fight Western influences in Nigeria and to establish Islamic law. They consider western education as a sin.

#8 Al Shabab

$70 Million

Somalia, Kenya, Uganda

Their motive is to establish a caliphate in Somalia. It was formed in 2006 and has carried out hundreds of attacks in Somalia.

#7 Lashkar-e-Taiba

$100 Million

Predominantly Pakistan

Lashkar-e-Taiba’s main motive is to release the Kashmir under India and merge it with Pakistan. They consider Hindus, Christians and Jews as the greatest enemies of Islam.

#6 Al-Qaeda

$150 Million

Predominantly Afghanistan and Pakistan

Al-Qaeda’s main motive is to exercise ‘jihad’ against the Western-secular forces. One of the senior members of this organisation was Osama Bin Laden who was responsible for 9/11 Attacks in the US.

#5 Taliban

$400 Million

Afghanistan and Pakistan

It has been highly criticized for the brutal treatment of women. It engages in trafficking drugs like opium and heroin which gives them a chunk of revenue.

#4 Hezbollah

$500 Million


Their main motive is to establish an Islamic state in Lebanon. It is responsible for several suicide and terror attacks.


$600 Million


Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, also known as FARC is considered as the strongest terrorist organizations in Colombia which controls approximately 30% of its territory.

#2 Hamas

$1 Billion

West Bank and Gaza Strip

It is a West Bank and Gaza Strip based terrorist group which wants to establish a Palestinian Islamic state from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River. From real estate to hotels and tourism, they run a lot of businesses to collect revenue from.


$2 Billion

Iraq and Syria

The main sources of their funds is from oil trade, kidnapping and ransom, bank robberies and looting. It captured the city of Mosul and has released several videos of be-headings which have shocked the world.

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