Recently, we observed the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11, recalling the tragic loss of life and the sustained terror threat that still exists. Numerous articles pertaining to the anniversary have been published; however, little has been written from a financial crimes perspective. In this article, we will recall what was believed to be one of Al Qaeda’s (“AQ”) primary means of funding its operations, discuss the current state of terrorism financing, and take a glimpse at what the future may hold. Past It is a common falsehood that Usama Bin Ladin (“UBL”) funded AQ from his private coffers. In reality, AQ’s war chest, according to the 9/11 Commission, pre-and-post 9/11, was believed to be between $25 to $30 million a year. The Commission also approximated UBL’s annual family inheritance to be around $1 million, which was clearly not enough to fully fund AQ’s operating budget.