Wilson Fisk, the man who would one day become the Kingpin, started out as a common thug in the Bronx. He was noticed by one Don Rigoletto, an accomplished crime boss who admired Fisk’s sheer brutality and hired him as his primary enforcer. Fisk eventually murdered his benefactor and took control over his mob empire. Thus, the Kingpin was born.
While his wife, Vanessa, knew of Wilson’s criminal activities, he was careful to shield their only son, Richard, from the life he led. That effort was in vain, as Richard finally did learn of his father’s mob connections. Richard faked his own death, and returned to New York as the Schemer, intent on destroying his father’s empire. He had also taken on the guises of the original Rose and later, Blood Rose, but was never able to do much damage to the Kingpin’s organization.