10 facts about Pablo Escobar that you may not know

Escobar was born into a simple family, but at about 35 he was already one of the richest people in the world. He headed the Medellín cartel and it is estimated that his fortune has reached $ 30 billion.

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was a drug dealer who gained worldwide fame as the lord of the Colombian drug, becoming one of the richest men in the world thanks to cocaine trafficking in the United States and other countries. Members of the US and Colombian governments, newspaper reporters, and the general public regard him as the most brutal, plump, ruthless, ambitious, and powerful trafficker in history.

Pablo Escobar was born in Rionegro, Colombia, being the third of seven children of Abel de Jesús Escobar Echeverri, a farmer, and Hermilda de los Dolores Gaviria Berrio, a primary school teacher. As a teenager in the streets of Medellin, he began his criminal career for allegedly stealing headstones to resell them to traffickers. His brother, Roberto Escobar, denies this by stating that the tombstones came from cemetery owners whose clients had stopped paying for the tombstones and that they had a relative who had a monuments business. He studied for a short period of time at the Autonomous Latin American University in Medellin.

Escobar was involved in many criminal activities with Oscar Bernal Aguirre, such as the use of scams, the sale of smuggled cigarettes and fake lottery tickets, as well as car theft. In the early 1970s, he was a thief and bodyguard and got $ 100,000 after kidnapping an executive in Medellin before entering the drug trade. His next step was to become a millionaire while working for smuggler Alvaro Prieto. Escobar's childhood ambition was to become a millionaire until he was 22 years old.

10 facts about Pablo Escobar that you may not know

1. In the 1980s, the cartel had revenue estimated at $ 420 million per week, equivalent to $ 22 billion per year.

2. Pablo Escobar joined Forbes' list of billionaires in 1987 and stayed there for seven straight years. In 1989, it reached seventh place in the ranking.

3. In the late 1980s, it supplied 80% of the cocaine circulating in the world.

4. That is, out of every five Americans who used cocaine, four bought Escobar's drug.

5. He took about 15 tons of cocaine a day to the United States. According to journalist Ioan Grillo, most of the drug in the Medellín cartel came down the Florida coast.

6. The "Cocaine King" lost $ 2.1 billion a year. His wealth began to become a problem because he could not wash money at the same speed as he entered the cashier. He had to hide his money in farms of Colombia, in deposits and in the walls of the houses of members of the cartel, according to Roberto Escobar, his brother, accountant of the cartel and author of a book on its history. "Pablo made so much money that he lost 10% because of the rats in the deposits or humidity," Roberto wrote.

7. According to Roberto, Pablo spent about $ 2,500 in elastic per month, used to organize the piles of money.

8. He used $ 2 million to keep his daughter warm. His son, Juan Pablo, told this story to Don Juan magazine in 2009. The family was in a hiding place in the mountains near Medellín when his daughter Manuela began to show signs of hypothermia. He burned the notes to keep her warm.

9. He earned himself the nickname of Robin Hood after giving money to the poor, building homes for the homeless, inaugurating 70 football fields and building a zoo.

10. He made an agreement with Colombia to be arrested, but in a luxury prison that he built and christened "The Cathedral". The "chain" structure included a soccer field and barbecue. He was detained from 1991, but could decide who his prison mates and the officials would be. He continued to operate his cartel and received site visits. The Colombian authorities had to stay at least 5 km away from the Cathedral.

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Rui Medeiros
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