Known as 'The King of Cocaine,' Colombian drug lord and trafficker Pablo Escobar supplied more than 80% of cocaine to the United States. Escobar eclipses just about every drug kingpin in history. He started from nothing and in as little as a couple decades, became one of the most powerful men in the world. Along the way, he did some truly staggering things:Also Read : Mayweather and His Million Dollar Madness
His public and private personas exist in stark contrast to one another. Escobar is rightfully regarded as a butcher who would do anything to attain and maintain power: it’s estimated that his organization was responsible for at least 4,000 deaths during his reign.
In private, Escobar was a man who put his family first to the point that his affection for his family allowed the Colombian government to track and kill him.
1Pablo Escobar once made an unbelievable public comment: “I’m a decent man who exports flowers“.
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2His estimated wealth of $30billion by Forbes
It is hard to estimate how much money he made in total, but in 1989 the Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $30 billion, but hearing that everyone around Pablo started laughing because Forbes was not even close!
3Pablo Escobar's support of the poor earned him the nickname "Robin Hood."
Despite his vicious ways to get the power he needed, he was seen as a modern Robin Hood among poor people. He built hospitals, houses, schools, churches and often gave away parts of his cash to the people. Many Colombians mourned his killing. More than 25,000 people turned out for Escobar’s burial. “He built houses and cared about the poor,” one funeral goer stated at Escobar’s funeral in a story reported by The New York Times. “In the future, people will go to his tomb to pray, the way they would to a saint.”
4It is believed that he spent $2,500 a month to purchase rubberbands to hold his cash
Pablo Escobar spent nearly $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to hold together his bricks of cash.
5He once set $2 million on fire to save his family from freezing
After being locked up only for a little while, he and his family were on the run, but it is not easy to cross the Colombian jungle, and his daughter was freezing. The only solution was to burn $2 million to keep him and his family warm during the night!
6 When he started dating his wife, she was just 13 while he was 24
Pablo Escobar met his future wife, Maria Victoria, when he was 24 and she was 13. Though her family didn't approve of their relationship, the pair would remain together until Escobar's death.
7Pablo Escobar was responsible for the killing of thousands of people, including politicians, civil servants, journalists and ordinary citizens.
When he realized that he had no shot of becoming Colombia’s president, and with the United States pushing for his capture and extradition, Escobar unleashed his fury on his enemies in the hopes of influencing Colombian politics. His goal was a no-extradition clause and amnesty for drug barons in exchange for giving up the trade.
Escobar’s terror campaign claimed the lives of three Colombian presidential candidates, an attorney general, scores of judges and more than 1,000 police officers. In addition, Escobar was implicated as the mastermind behind the bombing of a Colombian jetliner in 1989 that killed more than 100 people, including two American citizens. Escobar’s terror eventually turned public opinion against him and caused a breakup of the alliance of drug traffickers.
8About ten percent of Escobar's earnings were lost to spoilage.
Every year due to natural occurrences like floods, fires, rats and so on he would lose almost 1 Billion dollars. Rats only would eat almost half of that!
9He had a Learjet to transport his money.
He bought a Learjet to bring his cash back to Colombia. It could carry almost $100 million per trip. In addition he bough an island on the way back so his jet could refuel. He later transformed the island into a paradise for him and his drug friends!
10One of his most ingenious methods of smuggling cocaine into U.S. was soaking jeans into liquid cocaine, being one of the first ones to ever distribute this way.
11He liked to entertaine himself by pulling elaborate and cruel pranks.
One time he asked one of his men to bring him a cup of coffee, and he put an Alka-Seltzer in his own mouth so he can foam. Then he accused his man of trying to poison him, while the other men tied him up and pointed a gun at his face for ten minutes. Hilarious!!
12 Escobar also never forced his son or children to get involved in clandestine activities- he emphasised education and other opportunities he had not had.
13In an attempt to change the laws of extradition, he offered to pay all the national debts which was about $10 billion.
14Escobars business was so big that in addition to flights, jets, boats and trucks, he owned a submarine to export his coccaines to U.S
15He Owned over 800 houses and Villas
La Catedral, Escobar's self designed Prison, housed a casino, a nightclub, and even a spa. He also owned an incredible recreation place that included even a zoo filled with exotic animals he bought from all around the world.
16 Strange craze for Cars
Escobar also had a thing for cars, but his collection was unlike any other. What made his collection so unique wasn’t the rarity of his cars, but their absurdity. With a net worth like his, Escobar could afford any car on the market, but he chose to collect rusty, beat up, not operational vehicles instead.Also Read : Nuns Who Grow and Smoke Weeds For Medical Purpose
It’s hard to say why he had such a fascination with rusty cars, but he owned at least a few dozen of them. Reportedly he had a 1930’s Cadillac that he thought looked a lot like Al Capone’s. He decided to make it look more “authentic” by strafing it with gunfire for that “gangster” look