1.Pablo Escobar, born December 1, 1949, in Antioquia, Colombia, the son of a teacher and farmer (Abel de Jesus Dari Escobar), entered the cocaine trade in the early 1970. He was a Colombian drug lord, an elusive cocaine trafficker and an extremely rich criminal.
2.Pablo’s childhood ambition was to become a millionaire by the time he was 22. While he was in school he stole tombstones and sold them to smugglers from Panama. It was in the 1970’s that he found his path to wealth and power: drugs. He would buy coca paste in Bolivia and Peru, refine it and transport it for sale in the US.
3.In March 1976 at the age of 26, Escobar married Maria Victoria who was 15 years old. Together they had two children: Juan Pablo and Manuela. Escobar created and lived in a luxurious estate called Hacienda Napoles (Spanish for Naples Estate)
4.Escobar, at the height of power, controlled over 80% of the cocaine shipped to the U.S. Fortune and Forbes magazines named him one of the ten richest people on earth.
5.According to Roberto, Pablo’s accountant, he and his brother’s operation spent $2500 a month just purchasing rubber bands to wrap the stacks of cash — and since they had more illegal money than they could deposit in the banks, they stored cash in their warehouses, annually writing off 10% as “spoilage” when the rats crept in at night and nibbled on the hundred dollar bills.
6. He had an inescapable policy when it came to dealing with law enforcement. The government referred to it as “PLATA O PLOMO”, which meant, accept money; or face bullets.
7.The “Catedral” was the name of the jail. Pablo Escobar built it after the negotiation with the government. Indeed it was a luxury jail only for Escobar and escorts, with a soccer field, Jacuzzis, a gym, etc. Escobar not only played soccer but held orgies. It was his “office” where he attended his business and where people who tried to disobey him were tried and executed. As Escobar continued doing crimes, the government decided in 1992 to occupy the jail to send him to a high security jail. Nevertheless, Escobar escaped before the arrival of the police.
8.Escobar worked hard to cultivate his ‘Robin Hood’ image and frequently distributed money to the poor through housing projects and other civic activities, which gained him notable popularity among the poor.
9.Escobar invested his ill-gotten gains primarily in real estate, acted as sponsor of charity projects and soccer clubs which earned him a certain degree of popularity and political standing, including a seat in parliament.
10.Escobar used influence in Colombian politics when U.S increased pressure on Colombia to extradite him. His terror campaign claimed the lives of politicians, civil servants, journalists and ordinary citizens.
11.Usually a company is thought out to be successful when the ROI is 100%. In Pablo’s case, his ROI was as high as 20,000%. Which means that for every single dollar invested, there were returns of $200 in return.
12.As a teenager on the streets of Medellin, Escobar began his criminal career, allegedly stealing gravestones and sanding them down for resale to smugglers.
13.On 2nd December 1993, When Escobar was 44 years old, was killed in a firefight with Colombian National Police, although his brothers (Roberto Escobar & Fernando Sanchez Arellano) maintain that he had committed suicide. About 25,000 were present for his burial.
14.In the final days of Escobar, his sons and wife looked for asylum in Germany. The German government rejected and deported them at the very time of their arrival, even prohibiting him from leaving the plane. After Escobar’s death, his son and wife obtained forged identities in Argentina.
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