British Bank of the Middle East – $206 Million
In the 70’s while Beirut was in the midst of a civil war, Yasser Arafat found a perfect opportunity amidst the chaos to seize a large portion of money for his Palestine Liberation Organization.
On January 20th 1976, the PLO blasted through a wall shared with a Catholic church into the British Bank of the Middle East. With the help of Corsican locksmiths, the group was able to crack the vaults and plunder all of its contents which contained gold bars, cash, stocks, and jewelry. The haul was so large it had to be transferred to cargo planes by trucks before being flown out of the country.
The value of the heist is estimated to be around $206 million, adjusted to today’s economy.