Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was one of the richest and most famous drug traffickers in history and was born on December 1, 1949, in Colombia.
Escobar led the Medellín cartel and terrorized all of Colombia for several years. In addition to being the most powerful drug trafficker in the world from 1980 until the early 1990s, the Colombian was known for his extravagant lifestyle and taste for exotic animals.
His criminal activities began when he was a teenager, as he trafficked sound equipment and stole marble tombstones to resell them. Years later, when the cocaine business began to grow in the 1970s, Pablo Escobar founded the criminal organization that is now known as the Medellín cartel, in collaboration with Juan David, Jorge Luis, and Fabio Ochoa. This criminal organization was dedicated to the production, transportation and sale of cocaine, according to a profile of the drug trafficker, published in eluniversal.com.mx
By the 1980s, Escobar’s organization dominated the cocaine market. It is estimated that in those years he had a fortune of US $ 25 billion.
Being the leader of one of the most powerful cartels of those years earned him dozens of scandals in which he was involved.
- It is estimated that Pablo Escobar is directly responsible for the deaths of more than five thousand people in Colombia.
- One of his houses, known as the Hacienda Napoles, was valued at $ 63 million. It had such amenities as a soccer field, dinosaur statues, an artificial lake, an airstrip, a tennis court, and a zoo.
- Escobar and his cartel blew up a plane in mid-flight in 1989. A hundred people died.
- It is estimated that Escobar and his organization made about $ 420 million a week.
- Their lavish lifestyle included private jets, mansions, and extravagant parties.
- There were more than 200 animals in his private zoo, including ostriches, zebras, camels and giraffes and hippos, all of which reproduced at such speed that there are more than 40 in the area.
- Forbes magazine included the drug lord on its list of the richest men in the world for seven years in a row.
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