The Don (also known as Overboss, Crime Boss or Godfather) is the leader of a crime family. The Don receives a cut of every operation taken on by every member of his family. Depending on the family, the Don may be chosen by a vote from the caporegimes of the family. In the event of a tie, the underboss must vote. In the past, all the members of a family voted on the Don, but by the late 1950s, any gathering such as that usually attracted too much law enforcement attention. Sometimes, the Don chooses his own successor.
Typically, a Don will put layers of insulation between himself and any acts. Whenever he gives orders, he gives them in private to either his underboss, consigliere or one of his caporegimes, who in turn pass them down the line.