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Pablo Escobar was one of the world’s wealthiest drug lords. He was the leader of the Medellin Cartel which used to supply 80% of the world’s cocaine by the 1980s. He was nicknamed “El Patron”, “the King of Cocaine”, “Robin Hood”, “El Padrino”, and “Don Pablo.”
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Key Facts & Information
- Pablo Escobar was born on December 1, 1949 in Rionegro, Colombia, and grew up in Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia.
- His father was a poor Colombian farmer and his mother was a teacher in an elementary school.
- He was the third of seven children.
- Escobar claims to have been stealing cars and smuggling tombstones when he was younger, before he got into selling drugs.
- Escobar attended the Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana of Medellin, but did not stay long enough to obtain a degree.
- He married Maria Victoria Vellejo in 1976. He was 27 and Maria was 15 when they were wed.
- He was one of the wealthiest people in the world by the time he was 35 years old.
- From 1987 to 1993, Pablo Escobar was consistently included in Forbes’ international billionaires list.
- He was labelled the seventh richest man in the world in 1989.
- Escobar was called “Robin Hood” because he used part of his money to help poor people.
- He launched feeding programs and gave money to hospitals and churches.
- He built houses, soccer fields, and a zoo.
- He built an extravagant home called Puerto Triunfo, where a private zoo is found.
- Escobar earned an estimated total of $30 billion in his whole career.
- Escobar was also elected to Colombia’s Congress.
The Medellin cartel
- The Medellin Cartel earned $420 million a week in revenue.
- The cartel smuggled in around 15 tons of cocaine everyday from north coast of Colombia into Florida, USA.
- There biggest single shipment flown to the United States weighed 51,000 pounds.
- The packages would either be airdropped to sea and transported in speedboats or flown out and crashed into the mainland.
- When he was earning more money than what he could launder, Escobar ended up storing cash in Colombian fields, abandoned warehouses, and in walls of his cartel members’ houses.
- Every month, the cartel was losing $2.1 billion in profit to molds and pests eating the money stashed away in random places.
- Organizing the cash took $2,500 worth of rubber bands every month.
- Escobar allegedly smuggled and stashed cocaine into the tires of planes.
- He also bought submarines to smuggle drugs into the US.
- To achieve his goal in being the top drug lord, he hired hit men to intimidate his business colleagues and assassinate his competition.
- One of Escobar’s top hit men was John Jairo Velasquez or “Popeye” as he was called.
- Escobar was accountable for the deaths of 4,000 people consisting of judges, police officers, journalists, and government authorities.
- Medellin had the highest homicide rate in 1989.
- In the same year, Escobar was responsible for the explosion of a California-bound airplane labelled Avianca Flight 203, which resulted in the deaths of 107 people.
- Two of those people were Americans, so the American government started the hunt for Escobar.
- Escobar feared extradition which would require him to be imprisoned in the United States.
- Escobar offered to pay $10 billion of Colombia’s debt in exchange for changing the laws of extradition against him.
- Colombian authorities took possession of 142 planes, 141 houses and office buildings, 32 yachts, and 20 helicopters that belonged to Escobar.
- In 1991, he built his own prison called “La Catedral” (translated as the cathedral).
- The Colombian government let him be incarcerated in his luxurious prison.
- From the prison, he had the free will to choose his workers and visitors.
- He was also allowed to run his cartel from La Catedral.
- Colombian authorities were restricted to be further than 3 miles from La Catedral at all times.
- La Catedral had a casino, a soccer field, a spa, a nightclub, a barbecue pit, and many patios.
- Near La Catedral was a compound where his family lived.
- Pablo Escobar died at age 44. Some speculate that the wound was self-inflicted.
- Around 25,000 people attended Escobar’s burial in Medellin.
- After his death, his family had to live in exile in Argentina.
- Escobar’s estate has been turned into a theme park since he died.
- The theme park houses his collection of cars, animals (like his hippopotamus), and big dinosaur models.
- According to his son, Juan Pablo, there was a time when Pablo and his family were hiding in the countryside and his daughter got extremely cold and hypothermic, so he lit up $2 million cash to keep his daughter warm.
- Escobar owned a Spanish copy of The Power of Positive Thinking, as discovered by authorities in his home.
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