In One Piece the amount of a bounty is determined in response to the perceived threat level of the criminal in question; the greater the threat to the world, the greater the bounty.
In the eyes of a pirate, high bounties are thus usually seen as a sign of strength. After all, having been assigned a bounty means that the World Government as well as the Marines acknowledge the threat of the person to whom it is assigned.
Here is the list of the 10 highest bounties so far revealed in the whole One Piece series.
10 – QUEEN THE PLAGUE
Queen the Plague is an All-Star of the Beasts Pirates and one of Kaido’s three right-hand men, the Disasters. He is also a highly skilled scientist that was previously a member of the research team known as MADS.
In terms of battle prowess, Queen is one of the Beasts Pirates’ strongest warriors, implied to be strongest after Kaido and King; with a bounty of 1,320,000,000 Berries, illustrating his fearsome reputation.
9 – MARCO THE PHOENIX
Marco the Phoenix is the former 1st division commander of the Whitebeard Pirates. Once starting out as an apprentice on the crew, he had come to be Whitebeard’s closest confidant and right-hand man. After his captain’s death, Marco assumed leadership of the Whitebeard Pirates until the crew’s disbandment following the Payback War.
Marco’s status in the world is well-established, not least by his tremendous bounty of 1,374,000,000 Berries, which is one of the highest known of any non-Emperor pirate.
8 – KING
King the Conflagration is one of the three All-Stars of the Beasts Pirates and Kaidou’s right-hand man. Born as Alber, he is a member of the nigh-extinct lunarian race from the Red Line, noted for their ability to create fire.
A veteran pirate, King has been part of Kaido’s crew for over three decades, seemingly as Kaidou’s first recruit and acknowledged and monikered by Kaidou in his youth for having extraordinary strength. In combat, King is extremely powerful and dangerous, with his 1,390,000,000 Berriesw bounty illustrating his fearsome reputation.
7 – MONKEY D. LUFFY
Luffy is the son of the infamous leader of the Revolutionary Army and “World’s Worst Criminal” Monkey D. Dragon and the grandson of the Marine hero Monkey D. Garp.
After his invasion of Totto Land and actions against the Yonko Big Mom, Luffy is currently considered by the global press to be the Fifth Emperor. With his bounty of 1,500,000,000 Berries, Luffy has the seventh highest known bounty in the series.
6 – BLACKBEARD
Marshall D. Teach, also known as Blackbeard, is the captain-turned-admiral of the Blackbeard Pirates and a member of the Yonko. He is also the only person in history known to have the powers of two Devil Fruits. He received the title of Emperor after slaying Whitebeard during the Summit War of Marineford and stealing his Gura Gura no Mi power, and for also defeating the Whitebeard Pirates during the timeskip and taking the majority of Whitebeard’s territories, with the island of Hachinosu acting as his base of operations.
With his bounty of 2,247,600,000 Berries, Teach has the lowest bounty among the 4 Emperors.