Pablo Escobar was the biggest drug Lord the world has ever seen. You may already associate cocaine and Colombia with him, but in this article, we’ll be looking at some of the things you might not know about him.
Born December 1st, 1949 in Antioquia Colombia young Pablo decided from an early age that he was destined for greatness. Even as a child he wanted to become the president of Columbia.
He started his “entrepreneurship” journey by sandblasting stolen tombstones. He moved on to selling pretty much anything he could get his hands on. Then one day, he stumbled upon the potential of using his smuggling routes to shift cocaine…
1 – The cocaine king
Pablo Escobar was responsible for almost the entire cocaine traffic around the world at the time. He literally had a monopoly of a drug that destroys lives.
2 – Worth $30 Billion according to Forbes
At the time Forbes estimated his net worth at around $30 billion which made him the seventh richest person in the world.
Apparently, the story goes that his son saw the article and contacted the magazine to let them know that it was not even close.
3 – He thought he was a decent man
The government gets the blame for many things. In this case, Pablo only saw the wrongdoing in the fact that the government made the drug illegal.
His barometer for being nice maybe a little off. Not only was this guy responsible for people getting killed, but he also needed to entertain himself by pulling elaborate and cruel pranks.
One story is reported that he put an Alka seltzer in his own mouth, asked one of his men to make him a cup of coffee then accused the man of trying to poison him whilst foaming at the mouth.
His men tied the poor chap up and pointed a gun and his face. Well, drug lords have their own way of entertaining.
4 – Holding cash gets expensive
We think we have issues paying our taxes each month. Pablo had other worries when it came to expenses.
Just to keep his cash together (I assume banks were not an option) he reportedly spent well over $2,500 per month on rubber bands.
5 – There’s money everywhere
From graves to cellars, Escobar had money absolutely everywhere. He made so much cash that he ended up losing a small fortune due to natural causes. There are even reports that rats were to blame for the loss of millions.
6 – A nice way to stay warm
As with many criminals, being on the run comes at many costs. Pablo’s family at one point literally costs him millions to stay warm by physically burning cash to stay warm.
7 – An honest gesture
One surprising, and in some ways kind gesture, he offered to pay Columbia’s entire national debt. At the time this was $10 billion. It was a great offer, but the state smartly declined.
8 – $20 billion a year
Global tech company Facebook generated $85.9 billion in revenue in 2020. It’s estimated that Escobar’s business made $20 billion annually. In comparison to 2020 with inflation, that’s almost $40 billion.
So in the 90s, his empire was making half the amount in from one country, that one of the largest tech global companies is now.
9 – Moving money via islands
There are many ways to move money, but when you’re moving 100s of millions, you need to buy an island. Obviously.
To bring his money back to Columbia, Pablo bought a plane and an island. The island was a refuelling station as well as a paradise for his empire.
10 – Thousands at the hands of one man
Pablo Escobar was responsible for killing more than 1000 police officers, 200 judges, a justice minister and an attorney general.
11 – Bus driver
Still running from the police, he had to find a way to get around. A public bus was the transport of choice so he and his army of bodyguards to get around. He reportedly was the driver.
12 – Criminal age
Pablo Escobar started dating his wife at the age of 24. She was only 13.
13 – Grab some animals
To keep his friends and family entertained, he decided to buy 20 square kilometers of land and turn it into a zoo filled with exotic animals.
14 – Cash pinatas
Usually, when a pinata gets blasted with a bat, it unloads with tasty candy. Pablo’s children needed to think outside the box to get their hands on candy as he reportedly filled them with cash.
15 – Everyone wanted to find him
The United States described the killing of Pablo Escobar in 1993 as the largest manhunt in history.
Pablo Escobar was a man that’ll stay in our history books as one of the most prolific drug lords forever.
We hope you enjoyed reading some insane things you probably didn’t know about him.