30 Incredible Facts About Pablo Escobar
These 30 incredible facts about Pablo Escobar will definitely shock you, especially if you haven’t seen Narcos, Netflix’ hit TV show. Even if you have been living in a cave until now, you still had to hear about Pablo Escobar, the infamous Colombian drug cartel leader. He is by far the most notorious drug King Pin in history and he was also one of the richest men in the world during his ‘reign’.
Colombia was struggling for decades with drug cartels and corruption, factors which left the country in a complete state of fear and terror. After many years of trying to erase its ‘bad branding’ due to Pablo Escobar and the war on drugs, the South American nation has to face its past again, after ‘Narcos’ became a hit TV show worldwide.
Pablo Escobar made Colombia famous for all the wrong reasons, and only Colombians know how hard it is to interact with people from other countries without having to answer crime-related questions. Let’s look over the 30 most amazing facts about Pablo Escobar and try to separate him from Colombia, a country full of beautiful landscapes, traditions and people.
30 Incredible Facts About Pablo Escobar
- The biggest single cocaine shipment Pablo Escobar ever made to the United States weighed a shopping 51,000 pounds.
2. About 25,000 people, including many of the poor Colombians to whom Escobar had personally distributed money, attended his burial in Medellín.
3. Pablo Escobar used his extraordinary wealth and popularity to get himself elected to Colombia’s Congress.
4. Following his death, Escobar’s lavish Colombian estate was transformed into a theme park featuring animals, life-sized dinosaur models, his collection of classic cars and more.
5. Pablo Escobar is said to have smuggled cocaine into plane tires. Pending how much product pilots flew, they could earn as much as $50,000 per day.
6.Pablo Escobar bought a Learjet specifically for flying his cash.
8. Escobar’s luxury prison was referred to as ‘La Catedral’ (aka The Cathedral).
9. La Catedral housed a casino, a nightclub, and even a spa. .
10. In the 1980’s, Escobar’s Medellín cartel was responsible for 80% of the cocaine that was sent to the United States of America.
12. At the height of the drug trade, Escobar smuggled up to 15 tonnes of cocaine each day.
13. Other popular nicknames for Escobar were ‘Don Pablo’ and ‘El Patron’.
14. Escobar spent around $2,500 a month on rubber bands used to hold his money.
15. Escobar was responsible for killing about 4,000 people, including an estimated 200 judges, 1,000 police workers, journalists and government officials.
16. Pablo Escobar was gunned down at the age of 44. Some people speculate that the wound was self inflicted.
17. Pablo Escobar was born in Rionegro, Colombia in 1949. His father was a farmer, and his mother was a schoolteacher.
18. Despite his horrific business dealings, Pablo Escobar did fund a number of programs to help Colombia’s poor residents. He gave money to churches and hospitals, established food programs, built parks and football stadiums, and created a barrio.
19. In an attempt to change the laws of extradition, Escobar offered to pay Colombia’s debt – an estimated 10 billion dollars.
20. While the Escobar family was in hiding, Pablo’s daughter, Manuela, got sick. To keep her warm, Escobar burned about 2 million dollars.
21. Pablo Escobar’s greatest fear was extradition. No matter what happened, he didn’t want to spend his final years in an American jail cell. “I would rather be in a grave in Colombia than a cell in the United States.”
22. Pablo Escobar’s support of the poor earned him the nickname ‘Robin Hood’.
23. Before getting into the drug trade, Escobar sold stolen tombstones to smuggles and was also into the business of stealing cars.
24. Escobar’s earnings peaked at an estimated 30 billion dollars.
25. At his extravagant estate in Puerto Triunfo, Pablo Escobar also built a private zoo filled with hippos, giraffes, elephants and other animals. Hippos still roam the grounds today.
26. Among the possessions that authorities found in Escobar’s home was a Spanish translation of the self-help classic, ‘The Power Of Positive Thinking’.
27. In the late 1980’s, Colombian authorities seized some of Escobar’s enormous fleet, including 142 planes, 20 helicopters, 32 yachts, and 141 homes and offices.
28. Pablo Escobar’s business was so big and so scrutinized that, in addition to planes, helicopters, cars, trucks and boats, he even bought two submarines for transporting his cocaine into the U.S.
29. In 1976, a 27-year-old Pablo Escobar married Maria Victoria Henao Vellejo, who was then just 15.
30. By the time Pablo Escobar reached the top of the drug trafficking world he was making $420 Million every week!
If these 30 incredible facts about Pablo Escobar managed to shock you, be sure to watch the documentary movie about his life “Pablo Escobar – King of Coke” and the TV show Narcos on Netflix.