Organized Crime Figure. He was the Boss of the Genovese Family from 1981 until 1986. Taking over after Frank Tieri's death. Salerno and three other New York City Mafia Bosses were sentenced to 100 years in prison in the famous Commission trial in 1986. After Salerno went to prison Vincent (The Chin) Gigante became the Boss of the Genovese Family. An article in 1986 Fortune magazine named Salerno the richest and most powerful mobster in America on the basis of "wealth, power and influence."