15 Bizarre Facts About Pablo Escobar, The Deadliest Drug Lord From Colombia
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was considered as the wealthiest criminal of his time. He was a Colombian Drug Lord and narco-terrorist. He had an estimated net worth of 30 billion USD by early 1990's. He was also called as 'The King Of Cocaine'. He is the most popular drug criminal ever and has been the subject of various popular movies, TV shows, plays and other performances.
US television series 'Narcos' is probably the most popular programme ever made on his life, which is set to return for its third season very soon.
Read on to know more details about him.
Pablo Escobar had tremendous wealth which he earned from illicit sale of narcotic drugs. He became the kingpin and drug lord smuggling almost 80 % of the cocaine that went to the US. For seven years in row, his name was included in the Forbes annual list of billionaires and world's richest persons with being at number 7 worldwide in 1989.
The Columbian government seized some of Pablo's property in the late 1980's. This included 20 helicopters, 32 yachts, 142 planes and 141 homes and offices.
Pablo Escobar was charged with killing at least 4,000 people including thousands of police officials, 200 court judges and several government officials and journalists. In 1989, he was determined to get rid of then presidential candidate Cesar Gaviria Trujillo and planned to plant a bomb in the flight, which Gaviria was supposed to take. Gaviria was stopped by the CIA official from taking the flight. Pablo Escobar ended up bombing the Avianca Flight 203, aircraft Boeing 727-7, killing 110 innocent people. This was the deadliest ever criminal attack in the history of Colombia.
Pablo used to spend around $2,500 a month on rubber bands to tie the money into a bundle.
Escobar had an organised network of drug suppliers and smugglers named as, 'Medellin Cartel.' In his hey days, he smuggled up to 15 tonnes of cocaine each day. He even smuggled cocaine into plane tyres by giving an opportunity to earn as much as $500,000 per day for pilots depending on how much quantity pilots could fly.
Escobar surrendered before Columbian authorities in 1991 on one condition that he will live in his luxury prison named as 'La Catedral' he had built for himself. It was guarded by his own men and prison had a casino, spa, nightclub, bar, jacuzzi and all luxury items used at that time.
The largest single shipment of cocaine which was ever smuggled by Escobar to the US weighed 51,000 pounds.
Pablo Escobar died at the age of 44 on December 2, 1993, in a shootout, which has never been proved whether he was shot dead or he killed himself. About 25,000 people attended his burial in Medellin. For his shootout, two American Drug Enforcement agents Steve Murphy & Javier Pena worked for years on the case of Pablo Escobar.
,He built numerous residences and safe houses but his most luxurious estate was 'Hacienda Napoles' in Puerto Triunfo. It was spread across 20 square kilometres, which include a Spanish colonial house, a sculpture park and other elegant possessions.
Various books, TV Series & Films have been made on The Colombian Drug Lord Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria.
Pablo was considered a man of several hobbies and one of them included his love for animals. Being one of the top money makers in the world, he didn't hold back when it came to showing off or living a life with all luxuries. He built a private zoo at his extravagant estate in Puerto Triunfo. This zoo had giraffes, hippos, elephants and other animals. Hippos are still found roaming nearby.
Pablo Escobar spent his last few years in hiding. He had to move frequently from one place to another as the government was cracking his spots and trying to pin him down. As his family was in hiding once, his daughter Manuela got sick was feeling cold. Pablo burned down almost 2 million dollars of currency notes to keep his daughter warm.
He had a special Learjet which he bought just to fly his cash.
Pablo Escobar feared extradition laws and tried everything to keep himself out of the reach from the USA. He once offered to pay the debt of entire Columbia which was roughly 10 billion dollars that time in exchange for changing the extradition laws.
Escobar's business grew rapidly and reached a pace where it was making name almost everywhere. Probably, this is what that got him in trouble along with several other crimes he committed. His business was so big that he had to buy two submarines for carrying the cocaine and transporting it to the US. This was in addition to numerous planes, cars, trucks, helicopters, boats he possessed.