The Cortez Family was founded by two brothers, Hector and Jose Cortez. They initially were petty gang members from a known gang in Los Santos, known as "The Vagos". Their uncle "Carlito "Spooky" Rodriguez" recruited the two brothers to the gang to keep them safe in the harsh East side of Los Santos. Criminal life is all they knew so they began to do work for their gang as in racketeering, loansharking, extortion, money laundering and moving drugs.
The leader of the Vagos, "Edgar Carlos" began to see the brothers rise through the ranks and become loved by the gang. Out of jealousy he planned a bank robbery and set the uncle and two brothers up. He told them to collect the money and they were cleared to rob the Maze Bank. Little did they know...Edgar had called the police to catch them during this big heist. The LSPD pulled up and caught Jose, he was then sentenced to ten years. The beloved uncle "Spooky" was gun downed by the LSPD... Hector was the lucky one of the three that day, he made his way out and went to the local safe house. Hector called Edgar and began to yell thinking it was a setup...Edgars reaction gave it away...He just began to laugh and said "Beuna suerte" which meant good luck..then he hung up.
Hector stayed low for years and continued the crime life until his brother Jose came home. He wanted to start a Gang/Family of his own to keep their hood safe, so that's exactly what the two brothers did. The Cortez family began to find out where to collect information on drugs, eventually they found that as well through making good friendships throughout the city. He wanted the make the gang more organized, rather it being some sloppy gang.
The Cortez's moved marijuana, meth and coke to support the gangs foundation. The drug money paid for all of the weapons, vehicles and safe houses. The information the brothers gained through connections also brought them harm. There were many gangs out for the two brothers, but the love and loyalty they received from the people of Los Santos kept them safe. Their name perceived them and continues to grow, they have even expanded nationwide from Los Santos all the way to Liberty City.
The Cortez family are all about respect, loyalty and brotherhood. They look out for their people, if you show respect you will get respect. Members of the Cortez family are expected to engage in test of their loyalty. The penalty for refusing orders or failing to complete an assigned task is often death.
Hector being know to be book smart, learned the ranks of the American Mafia and became obsessed with their ways. One of the key factors of all of his knowledge of how to run a family/gang was from the Italians. He even based his organization ranking system off of them.
Boss - The boss is head of the Family, the boss is a director and has the power to order anything. The Boss makes all the important decisions, much like a CEO of a company would. They are greatly respected and widely feared by their enemies. All of the men in his outfit pay him a tribute and universally feared.
Underboss - The Underboss is second-in-command in the hierarchy of the crime family. His level of authority varies, but he is ready to stand in for the boss at any given moment.
Consigliere - The Consigliere is more of a counselor, the Bosses right-hand man. The Consigliere is very powerful in the organization, and he plays one of the most important roles in a crime family. He is a close and trusted friend of Hector Cortez. He gives strategic information and sound advice. The Consigliere is someone who Hector goes to for advice, counsel or information regarding the operations, The Consigliere is meant to offer unbiased information based on what he sees as best for the Cortez Family. He’s normally incredibly intelligent, rational, resourceful, street-smart and astute, and he is normally a clever talker, Unlike the Underboss the Consigliere he is chosen solely for his abilities and the amount of knowledge and intelligence he possesses. Generally, only the boss and Underboss have more authority than the Consigliere in a crime family.
Caporegimes - El Capitan, Capo, or Caporegime, is the captain of a crew. The captain heads a large crew of soldiers and associates and can order them to do absolutely anything, The captains report directly to a Boss or Underboss who hands down the instructions. He is very powerful and must always be available to the Cortez Family.
Soldiers - The lowest-ranking members , the grunts of the organization, generally sticking out their neck in the hope of making a name for themselves by demonstrating their loyalty to the Family and protecting the organization at all costs.
Associates - Associates are not actual members of the Cortez Family, but they work for the them. Associates can not turn down an order from the Mafia, if Mafia gives them an order they have to follow it.