Your 20 facts – About Pablo Escobar – “El Patron”
A few facts about the most notorious drug kingpin ever, Pablo Escobar.
Other popular nicknames included ‘Don Pablo’ and ‘El Patron’.
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria
1. From a young age
He already determined to be a millionaire by 22.He also wanted to become the President of Colombia.
He kidnapped a Medellin executive, earning US$100,000 in ransom.
He established the famous Medellin Cartel by murdering its leader at the time.
2. Robin Hood
He was nicknamed “Robin Hood” after handing out cash to the poor, building housing for the homeless, constructing 70 community soccer fields, and building a zoo.
3. Lord of Medellin Cartel
After becoming the reigning lord of Medellin Cartel, Escobar was minting as much as $420 million a week,which totals almost $22 billion a year.
Al Capone’s net worth was only at US$1.3 billion. Escobar is still the richest drug lords that his planet has ever produced.
His drug trade flourished so much that he was smuggling nearly 15 tonnes of cocaine every day!Pilots could earn up to $500,000 a day from him.
25,000 Mourners attended his burial.
6. Flying money
To handle the free-flowing wealth that came his way uninterrupted, Escobar bought a Learjet for the sole purpose of flying his money
Learjet is an American manufacturer of business jets for civilian and military use.The small plane he used to transport that cash was sufficient, as it could hold about $10 million.
7.In 1989, he ranked 17th in the Forbes list of richest people in the world.
At one point, Escobar’s had amassed so much wealth that it reached 30 billion dollars!
8.$2,500 a month on rubber bands
The Medellín cartel spent an estimated $2,500 a month on rubber bands.
The cartel used them to tie together stacks of cash.
9.He once burned $2 million
When his family were hiding at a farm in the mountains surrounding Medellín, Escobar burned $2 million to save his daughter from the cold weather.
10.His greatest fear was extradition
He feared extradition so much that he tried to change the Columbian laws by offering to pay off their $14 billion national debt. The plan failed.
Escobar built a luxury prison called ‘La Catedral’ that was guarded by his own loyal servants. ”
The terms dictated Escobar to serve prison time (which he did) and the Colombian government to not extradite him to the US.
12. Killing 4000 people
And this horror included killing 4000 people that included murdering 200 judges, 1000 policemen, journalists and government workers.
13.Rats ate $2 billion of Escobar’s profits each year.
Often storing his money in dirty, rundown warehouses, ten per cent of Escobar’s yearly earnings were written off as spoilage due vermin and damp.
14.His influence was insane
Pablo Escobar was responsible for 80 per cent of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. In the Eighties, four in five people snorting a line were snorting an Escobar line.
15. “plata o plomo” meaning silver or lead
If someone got in his way he would first bribe him and if it didn’t work then that person was ordered to be killed.
Escobar purchased 20 square kilometers of land which included Hacienda Napoles. He built there a zoo, a lake and other things for his and his family’s recreation.
Now this paradise is in ruins with refugees and hippos inhabiting the area.
17.Escobar was responsible for bombing Avianca Flight 203
He wanted to kill the presidential candidate for the 1990 elections, Cesar Gaviria. 110 people were killed due to this attack.
18. Bets and football
Pablo Escobar and El Mexicano once bet $2 million on a soccer game.
They each hand-picked a dream team of professional soccer players and flew them to Escobar’s home
to play the game on his own private field .
19.Cash = 1$ —>>> 200$
For every $1 he put into his business, he got about $200 in return.
20.2 December 1993
Search Bloc found Escobar’s hiding place and he was killed in the resulting shootout with a gunshot in his leg, torso and a fatal one in his ear.