Michael Franzese

Michael Franzese

Former made member of Colombo Organized Crime Family


About Me

Michael Franzese grew up as the son of the notorious Underboss of New York’s Colombo crime family and became a made-member in his twenties. At his most affluent, Michael generated an estimated $5 to $8 million per week in business. However, he decided to walk away from that life and is the only high ranking official of a major crime family to ever walk away, without protective custody, and survive.

Since then…

Over the last 16 years, Michael has been determined to use the experiences of his former life to benefit at-risk youth, professional and student athletes, corporate executives and anyone seeking the inspiration to beat the odds and make positive changes in their lives! He has become a highly regarded educational and motivational speaker and has spoken at over 1600 events across Canada and the US, with audiences ranging from 50 to 25,000 people.


Michael is highly focused on using his business knowledge and personal journey to empower leaders and organizations to reach their full potential and engage in sound business practices. He is a one-of-a-kind speaker who combines his fascinating life story with business insights and lessons to educate, motivate and align organizations with effective and successful actions.

Michael’s message is riveting and particularly relevant for today’s dynamic and changing business environment. He speaks on topics such as business ethics, the art of negotiations, managing internal talent, grooming future business leaders and assessing risks such as corporate fraud and gambling in the workplace.

Where I can help

Public Speaking
August 7, 2023

Thank you very much for the insights and advice. It’s a shame we didn’t manage to finish our conversation this time but I’m looking forward to a longer and in depth conversations at one of our events with you. P.S.: Congratulations on becoming a grandfather again! God bless and see you soon Tareq Jomaa

Mark Samra
August 7, 2023

Very helpful response. I’ll be in touch with you, Michael. Thank you very much!

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