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Unbelievable facts about Pablo Escobar

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Slide 1 of 29: Pablo Escobar is one of the most infamous drug lords in history. The head of the Medellín cartel once ruled the cocaine trade in the United States and, indeed, around the world. In the '80s, "El Patron" was making approximately US$22 billion a year. If that sounds like a number difficult to imagine, then here's a fun fact that will give you a better idea of how huge this was: Escobar spent around $2,500 per month on rubber bands alone, just to hold his bills together!Click through the following gallery and learn more about Pablo Escobar's crazy life.

Unbelievable facts about Pablo Escobar

Pablo Escobar is one of the most infamous drug lords in history. The head of the Medellín cartel once ruled the cocaine trade in the United States and, indeed, around the world. In the '80s, "El Patron" was making approximately US$22 billion a year. If that sounds like a number difficult to imagine, then here's a fun fact that will give you a better idea of how huge this was: Escobar spent around $2,500 per month on rubber bands alone, just to hold his bills together!

Slide 2 of 29: The story goes that Escobar's criminal career started with forging college diplomas, stealing cars, and other petty crimes.

Before he became a drug lord

The story goes that Escobar's criminal career started with forging college diplomas, stealing cars, and other petty crimes.

Slide 3 of 29: Pablo Escobar was also known as "Don Pablo," "El Patron," "El Padrino," and "The King of Cocaine."

He had a number of nicknames

Pablo Escobar was also known as "Don Pablo," "El Patron," "El Padrino," and "The King of Cocaine."

Slide 4 of 29: Pablo Escobar married Maria Victoria Henao in 1976. He was 26 and she was then just 15.

His wife was a minor when they got married

Pablo Escobar married Maria Victoria Henao in 1976. He was 26 and she was then just 15.

Slide 5 of 29: It's said that the cartel smuggled about 15 tons of cocaine into the US every day, the smuggling done by plane from Colombia to Florida. Packages would be dropped in the sea or aircraft would land in Florida's countryside.

He smuggled tons of cocaine every single day

It's said that the cartel smuggled about 15 tons of cocaine into the US every day, the smuggling done by plane from Colombia to Florida. Packages would be dropped in the sea or aircraft would land in Florida's countryside.

Slide 6 of 29: And speaking of airplanes, this is apparently the airplane used by Pablo Escobar to bring drug money from Panama. The aircraft is displayed in the family museum run by his brother, Roberto Escobar—also known as "The Accountant."

He had a plane just to transport his money

And speaking of airplanes, this is apparently the airplane used by Pablo Escobar to bring drug money from Panama. The aircraft is displayed in the family museum run by his brother, Roberto Escobar—also known as "The Accountant."

Slide 7 of 29: By the end of the '80s, Pablo Escobar and his Medellín cartel reportedly supplied 80% of the cocaine consumed around the world.

He supplied 80% of the world's cocaine

By the end of the '80s, Pablo Escobar and his Medellín cartel reportedly supplied 80% of the cocaine consumed around the world.

Slide 8 of 29: This would mean that the vast majority of cocaine users in the US were doing coke supplied by "El Patron."

Four in five cocaine users in the US were consuming his product

This would mean that the vast majority of cocaine users in the US were doing coke supplied by "El Patron."

Slide 9 of 29: In the mid-80s, the Medellín cartel was making an estimated US$420 million a week, according to reports.

He was making almost US$22 billion a year

In the mid-80s, the Medellín cartel was making an estimated US$420 million a week, according to reports.

Slide 10 of 29: It's said that the "King of Cocaine" made so much money each month that he couldn't launder the cash quickly enough. As a result, he had to stash piles of cash in numerous locations, including warehouses and fields.

He earned too much, too fast

It's said that the "King of Cocaine" made so much money each month that he couldn't launder the cash quickly enough. As a result, he had to stash piles of cash in numerous locations, including warehouses and fields.

Slide 11 of 29: "Pablo was earning so much that each year we would write off 10% of the money because the rats would eat it in storage or it would be damaged by water or lost," his brother Roberto Escobar wrote in his book.

He'd lose about US$2.1 billion a year to rodents and mold

"Pablo was earning so much that each year we would write off 10% of the money because the rats would eat it in storage or it would be damaged by water or lost," his brother Roberto Escobar wrote in his book.

Slide 12 of 29: The story goes that Pablo Escobar's cartel spent an estimated US$2,500 every month just on rubber bands to hold bills together.

He spent a small fortune on rubber bands

The story goes that Pablo Escobar's cartel spent an estimated US$2,500 every month just on rubber bands to hold bills together.

Slide 13 of 29: While the family were on the run and found themselves in a hideout in the mountains, it's reported that "The King of Cocaine" started a fire with cash because his daughter was showing signs of hypothermia.

He once burned US$2 million to keep his daughter warm

While the family were on the run and found themselves in a hideout in the mountains, it's reported that "The King of Cocaine" started a fire with cash because his daughter was showing signs of hypothermia.

Slide 14 of 29: Escobar's cartel is said to have owned a number of aircraft, helicopters, boats, cars, and even submarines.

He had an impressive fleet

Escobar's cartel is said to have owned a number of aircraft, helicopters, boats, cars, and even submarines.

Slide 15 of 29: He made the Forbes' list of international billionaires for seven years in a row, from 1987 to 1993.

Forbes World's Billionaires List

He made the Forbes list of international billionaires for seven years in a row, from 1987 to 1993.

Slide 16 of 29: Escobar had a private zoo in his estate in Puerto Triunfo. Hacienda Napoles is now a theme park that people can visit, including the wild animals the drug lord used to own.

He had his own private zoo

Escobar had a private zoo in his estate in Puerto Triunfo. Hacienda Napoles is now a theme park that people can visit, including the wild animals the drug lord used to own.

Slide 17 of 29: Escobar had numerous animals in there, including four hippos he flew from a zoo in California. The animals reportedly became the biggest wild hippo herd outside Africa.

He had his own private zoo

Escobar had numerous animals in there, including four hippos he flew from a zoo in California. The animals reportedly became the biggest wild hippo herd outside Africa.

Slide 18 of 29: In 1991, Escobar made a deal with the Colombian government. He'd go to prison, but his prison was a luxury estate named "La Catedral."

"La Catedral"

In 1991, Escobar made a deal with the Colombian government. He'd go to prison, but his prison was a luxury estate named "La Catedral."

Slide 19 of 29: He was still able to receive visitors and run his business from La Catedral. Plus, he had access to a number of amenities, including a soccer field, a bar, and a jacuzzi.

"La Catedral"

He was still able to receive visitors and run his business from La Catedral. Plus, he had access to a number of amenities, including a soccer field, a bar, and a jacuzzi.

Slide 20 of 29: It's said that those who did not accept his bribes (silver) would often ended up receiving lead (bullets). It is estimated that Pablo Escobar was responsible for the deaths of approximately 4,000 people.

“Plata o Plomo” (Silver or Lead)

It's said that those who did not accept his bribes (silver) would often end up receiving lead (bullets). It is estimated that Pablo Escobar was responsible for the deaths of approximately 4,000 people.

Slide 21 of 29: Escobar's cartel was reportedly responsible for the bombing of Avianca Flight 203 on November 27, 1989. Among the passengers was Colombian presidential hopeful César Gaviria Trujillo, whom Escobar is said to have wanted dead. Dandeny Muñoz Mosquera, considered the chief assassin for the Medellín Cartel, was convicted of the bombing and is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences.

He blew up a plane

Escobar's cartel was reportedly responsible for the bombing of Avianca Flight 203 on November 27, 1989. Among the passengers was Colombian presidential hopeful César Gaviria Trujillo, whom Escobar is said to have wanted dead. Dandeny Muñoz Mosquera, considered the chief assassin for the Medellín Cartel, was convicted of the bombing and is currently serving 10 consecutive life sentences.

Slide 22 of 29: To do so, Pablo Escobar reportedly offered to pay Colombia's debt, which at the time was an estimated US$10 billion.

He tried to change Colombia's laws of extradition

To do so, Pablo Escobar reportedly offered to pay Colombia's debt, which at the time was an estimated US$10 billion.

Slide 23 of 29: In 1982, Pablo Escobar was actually elected as an alternative member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia's Congress.

He was elected a congressman

In 1982, Pablo Escobar was actually elected as an alternative member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia's Congress.

Slide 24 of 29: Authorities found a copy of the self-help book 'The Power of Positive Thinking' among his possessions.

He was into self-help, apparently

Authorities found a copy of the self-help book 'The Power of Positive Thinking' among his possessions.

Slide 25 of 29: Pablo Escobar was popular among many Colombian people, especially among the poor. He built housing, hospitals, community soccer fields, and even handed out cash to people.

He was nicknamed "Robin Hood"

Pablo Escobar was popular among many Colombian people, especially among the poor. He built housing, hospitals, community soccer fields, and even-handed out cash to people.

Slide 26 of 29: "El Patron" died on December 2, 1993, victim of a gunshot wound to the head. It has been speculated that it was suicide.  

Death

"El Patron" died on December 2, 1993, victim of a gunshot wound to the head. It has been speculated that it was suicide.  

Slide 27 of 29: An estimated 25,000 people attended his funeral in Colombia.

Popularity

An estimated 25,000 people attended his funeral in Colombia.

Slide 28 of 29: Juan Pablo Escobar Henao changed his name to Sebastián Marroquín while living in exile in Argentina. He wrote a book about his (in)famous father.

His son wrote a book about him

Juan Pablo Escobar Henao changed his name to Sebastián Marroquín while living in exile in Argentina. He wrote a book about his (in)famous father.

Slide 29 of 29: Despite being factually disputed by numerous sources, including Escobar's own brother, 'Narcos' offered some insight into "El Patron's" life.Sources: (Independent) (Britannica) (All That’s Interesting)See also: The worst crimes in history

Netflix made a show about his life

Despite being factually disputed by numerous sources, including Escobar's own brother, 'Narcos' offered some insight into "El Patron's" life.

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