What drives the Somali pirates? Pretty much what you'd expect.
According to residents in the Somali region of Puntland where most of the pirates come from, they live a lavish life.
"They have money; they have power and they are getting stronger by the day," says Abdi Farah Juha who lives in the regional capital, Garowe.
"They wed the most beautiful girls; they are building big houses; they have new cars; new guns," he says. "Piracy in many ways is socially acceptable. They have become fashionable."
Most of them are aged between 20 and 35 years - in it for the money.
BBC Somalia analyst Mohamed Mohamed says such pirate gangs are usually made up of three different types: (1)Ex-fishermen, who are considered the brains of the operation because they know the sea. (2)Ex-militiamen, who are considered the muscle - having fought for various Somali clan warlords. (3)The technical experts, who are the computer geeks and know how to operate the hi-tech equipment needed to operate as a pirate - satellite phones, GPS and military hardware.
Of course, the local situation contributes to recruiting.
Such success is a great attraction for Puntland's youngsters, who have little hope of alternative careers in the war-torn country.
The trappings of success may be new, but piracy has been a problem in Somali waters for at least 10 years - when Somali fishermen began losing their livelihoods.