By: Yecenia Enriquez
Pablo Escobar was a famous drug-lord from Medellion, Columbia. He was known as “King of Cocaine” as well as “El Patron.”
Pablo grew up poor on a farm owned by his family. At the age of 16, Pablo began stealing cars and kidnapping people for ransom. Over the years, he started smuggling narcotics in to Colombia’s dangerous and deadly streets of Medellion. When Pablo was just 35, he became one of the wealthiest men in the world; he was also the riches drug lord ever. He married Maria Victoria Henao, a 15-year-old bride, in 1976, and they had two children together.
Pablo Escobar was named “King of Cocaine” for a reason. This was because he supplied 8O% of the world’s cocaine market. He smuggled 15 tonnes of cocaine per day to the United States alone. The men operating the cocaine-filled planes were well paid to transport the drug to the United States.
Pablo made around 22 billion dollars a year, which equals 66 million a day in modern money. The average person makes 1.4 million in their life time, while Pablo made 22 BILLION in one year. To show just how rich he was, Pablo burned two million to keep his family warm.
Oh and it gets better… he lost 2.2 billion a year because rats keep eating it away. He was so rich he even spent $4,000 dollars on RUBBER BANDS just to tie up his money.
Another fact about Pablo Escobar was that he owned a zoo. This was all in his backyard. The zoo contained hippos, tigers, and other exotic animals.
Fun Fact: All the hippos that were in Pablo’s zoo escaped, repopulated, and now terrorize the locals.
When Pablo was in power, he helped many poor people and the cities they lived in. He created homes, soccer fields, and cared for the poor. This is why many people followed him and stood against the Colombian government to protect their “Robin Hood.” Due to his generosity, thousands gathered for his funeral.
As I stated before, Pablo had billions and I mean billions of dollars. With all this money, sometimes he didn’t know what to do with it, so he would place it in barrels and bury it in his hometown. Half of the money he buried is still buried under ground. So grab your shovels and head off to Colombia.
There are still many other facts about him that are incredibly interesting. Like how he hand-picked professional soccer players and flew them over to Colombia to make them play in his private soccer field.
And his famous catch phrase “Plata o Plomo.” This translates into take this money or you will die.
Pablo Escobar was a polarizing figure in that people loved or hated him for his riches.
This is a YouTube video about Pablo Escobar.
For more information, click the links below: