The Five Families are the five major and incredibly powerful Italian-American Mafia crime families which have dominated organized crime in America, with an iron fist, since 1931. The Five Families, under the suggestion of Salvatore Maranzano and Charles "Lucky" Luciano, were responsible for the establishment of The Commission, a council which demarcated territory between the previously warring factions and governs Mafia activities in the United States. The Five Families in New York remain as the powerhouse of the Sicilian Mafia in the US.
The five families and their bosses are (currently):
Bonanno: The Bonanno crime family is the most brutal, ruthless, and determined of the Five Families. The Bonanno crime family is also the 2nd most violent, warring, and bloodiest of the Five Families, and the 2nd most violent crime family in America. Current boss is Michael Mancuso
Gambino: The Gambino crime family is the most powerful, richest, influential, largest, dominant, prominent, successful, dangerous, and feared of the Five Families, and the most powerful, influential, richest, successful, prominent, infamous, and largest, crime family in America. The Gambino crime family is also one of the most powerful, richest, influential, largest, and successful crime syndicates in the World, and in history. The FBI calls the Gambino crime family a "massive criminal powerhouse", "vast criminal army" and "the biggest crime syndicate in history." Current boss is Domenico Cefalu
Colombo: The Colombo crime family is the most violent, bloodiest, ferocious, and warring of the Five Families. and are one of the most violent and feared crime family's in America. At one point, The Colombo Crime Family was the most violent, bloodiest, and warring criminal organization in America. Current boss is Carmine "Junior" Persico (Andrew Russo is the acting boss)
Genovese: The Genovese crime family is the most intelligent, sophisticated, clever, crafty, creative, efficient, resourceful, slippery and secretive of the Five Families. The Genovese crime family is the 2nd most powerful, richest, and largest crime family in America. The Genovese crime family is considered by the FBI to be the most clever, crafty, secretive, and efficient criminal organization in the World and in history. Current boss is Daniel "Danny the Lion" Leo
Lucchese: The Lucchese crime family is also a very clever, efficient, secretive, and crafty crime family, and the 3rd most powerful and richest crime family in America. The Lucchese crime family was at one point the most peaceful crime family in America, However, Due to Lucchese crime family boss Victor Amuso and his former underboss Anthony Casso's deadly and brutal reign, the Lucchese crime family became one of the most violent and bloodiest crime family's in America. Current boss is Steven Crea
The Colombo family was once known as the Profaci Crime Family, until a coup caused a name change in the early 1960s. Former Godfather Joe Massino had wanted to change the name of the Bonanno Family to the Massino Family but since his arrest and defection it is unlikely to happen. The DeCavalcante crime family, based in nearby Elizabeth, NJ, also has ties to the five New York families.