Despite the fact he wasn’t the most popular of men in the USA, Escobar bought this flamboyant pink mansion in Miami, Florida. Once he had become a Colombian Congressman, he was given judicial immunity, allowing him to visit it. Although, it didn’t get much use and was eventually knocked down after his death.
A lot of people do not even earn $2500 a month, let alone spend it on elastic bands. That means that Escobar spent around $30000 a year on the things, wow.
When on the run from the authorities, Escobar and his family went into hiding. During this time, his daughter, Manuela, became hypothermic. In reaction to this, Escobar ended up burning an estimated $2million USD to keep his family warm.
Escobar had a friend and co-founder of the Medellin Cartel, named Carlos Lehder. Lehder, in addition to being a drug cartel superior, was also a neo-nazi advocate. Escobar purchased the island of Norman’s Cay in the Bahamas to serve as a base for Lehder and an ideal place to aid drug smuggling efforts.
Pablo Escobar was killed at the age of 44 in 1993, in Medellin, the town where he made his fortune. He was tracked down by the Search Bloc, a group of three special operations units within the Colombian police force. Escobar died from a gunshot to the ear, yet it is unclear whether or not he committed suicide or was executed by the group.
In 1989, Forbes magazine named Pablo Escobar as one of the richest men in the world: reaching 7th place. He is the only drug dealer/smuggler to have ever broken into the Top 10.
During the 1980’s, when Escobar was at the height of his career, it is estimated that around 80% of the entire world’s cocaine supply came from Escobar’s cartel. This is a number completely unmatched throughout drug history and a figure that will likely never be achieved again.
Pablo Escobar was nicknamed ‘Robin Hood’ by the poor people of Colombia due to all the work he did to improve the communities around the country. He funded the building of hospitals, soccer stadiums and churches around the country and was almost worshipped by many Colombian people.
At the age of 27, Pablo Escobar married Maria Victoria Henao, the 15 year old sister of Escobar’s friend and associate, Carlos Arturo Henao. However, it is rumoured that Escobar had affairs with at least two other women, with many more likely.
Before he became a notorious drug smuggler and enforcer, Escobar would steal gravestones from his local graveyard, sand them down, and sell them on for profit!
Bizarrely, after Escobar’s death, the Colombian authorities decided to make good use of the former drug kingpin’s estate. It has since been turned into a Jurassic Park style theme park and receives many visitors as well as tourists on a daily basis.
Pablo Escobar was actually elected to the Colombian congress – this granted him judicial immunity, allowing him to escape the clutches of the authorities. He essentially bought his way into politics, but this was a clever move on his part.
Due to the poor conditions which Escobar stored his money in, it is estimated that he lost roughly 10% ($2.2billion) of his annual income to rats and decay. He notoriously was not phased by this, valuing security and safety over the actual money itself.
Escobar came to a deal with the Colombian authorities that upon his imprisonment, he would be allowed his own private prison. The prison came with his own bodyguards, entertainment and the Colombian police were not allowed near it!
Escobar kept a private zoo on his estate where he would keep elephants, exotic birds, giraffes, hippos and ostriches, amongst other animals. It also included a bullring, a karting track and a large collection of classic cars, which are still there today!
The other legacy of Escobar’s estates were the hippos. After the kingpin’s death, the Colombian authorities decided it would be easier to let them free. The hippos soon became feral and multiplied to the number of an estimated 40, which continue to torment local villages in Colombia today!
At the start of his career, Escobar would fly planes himself into Panama, to smuggle drugs into the USA. He would smuggle cocaine in the tires, before he began earning enough to hire pilots to do the dirty work.
In addition to planes, Escobar also owned two remote-controlled submarines in order to smuggle cocaine to different ports and locations around the world. Very ingenious!
At the height of his career, Escobar was earning a reported $22 billion dollars every single year. This equals around $60 million dollars every single day!
One of the most interesting ways Escobar would smuggle drugs into and out of South America was in Venezuela. Here, he owned a village which was entirely on wheels, allowing the houses to be rolled back and revealing a concealed airstrip for planes to take off and land on!
Pablo Escobar had an interesting idea for a peace deal with the Colombian government. In return for his safety against extradition to the USA, which was his worst fear, Escobar would pay off Colombia’s foreign debt, which amassed to a reported $20 billion USD. The Colombian government refused however and Escobar was killed in 1993.
Pablo Escobar killed a lot of people. He allegedly murdered 4,000 people of which 200 were judges, 1,000 were journalists, worked for the government and worked for the police forces. That’s a lot of blood on his hands!