Corleone Family Hierarchy

The Corleone family is a fictitious Sicilian Mafia family which is settled in New York City.  This family was conceptualized and created by Mario Puzo.  This family appears in the novel called The Godfather.  It is said that Corleone family was inspired by the real-life Borgia family from Renaissance Italy.

This crime family followed a certain hierarchical structure which was inspired from the famous ‘five-families’ of New York Mafia scene.  The family traces its roots to 1920 and has members working at different positions ever since. To understand the hierarchy of the Corleone family a little better, you can read the following given information.

Corleone family hierarchyBoss

The position of the Boss was the highest position in the hierarchical structure in the family of Corleone. The Boss was the leader of the family and made all the important decisions. No one could go against the boss as he was the one who ran the business and held maximum responsibility. There are many people who took the position of the Boss ever since the family was established as a mafia unit.  Some famous known Boss figures were Vito Corleone, Michael Corleone and Vincent Corleone.


Under the position of the Boss came the Underboss who was like the right hand of the Boss. He held a position of importance and authority in the family and supervised many different activities and functions of the business.  The underboss also took decisions on behalf of the Boss if he died, was injured, was imprisoned or in other similar situations.  Some popular people who worked as Underboss were Sonny Corleone, Michael Corleone and Fredo Corleone etc.


The position of the Consigliere was also considered similar to that of the Underboss as he too was given as much responsibility and power. The Consigliere saw to it that all departments of the business functioned smoothly and in sync with each other.


Beneath the Underboss and the Consigliere were the Capos who were those important members of the family who worked on the field and made tasks or business functions possible. There were multiple Capos working for the family at the same given time.


At the bottom of the hierarchy table or pyramid were the Soldiers. The soldiers either belonged to the family or were outsiders but their role was to take instructions from Capos and Underboss and execute them smoothly and in such a way that the attention wasn’t drawn to the family’s activities.