Most of us have watched the series ‘Narcos’ on netflix but hardly any of us know about the real man behind it. Pablo Escobar was considered the wealthiest and most sought after man during his lifespan.
His father was a farmer and mother was a school teacher but he started his career in drug dealing. Prior to that, he used to sell stolen cars and gravestones. At the age of 27, he married a 15 year-old and expanded his business.
His life was always surrounded by threat but yet he lived his life to the fullest. He was called Robin Hood since he distributed his illegal money to those who were in need. He was involved in the smuggling of cocaine, which was used in the US.
At his extravagant estate in Puerto Triunfo, Escobar also built a private zoo with hippos, giraffes, elephants, and other animals. Hippos still roam the grounds today.
He had so much wealth that he used to spend $2,500 (more than 1.5 lakh) each month on rubber bands to keep his money intact. Once, his daughter was sick so just to keep her warm he burnt 2 million dollars, that’s more than 12 crore.
Escobar’s business was so big and so scrutinized that in addition to planes, helicopters, cars, trucks, and boats, he even bought two submarines for transporting his cocaine into the United States.
He used to smuggle 15 tons of cocaine each day to the US. He had so much wealth that he hid it in tires of vehicles, cemented within walls or kept it in trunks.
So much so, that many a time he himself used to forget where he hid it and about 10% of his earning was eaten by rats and insects.
Escobar made the Forbes’ billionaires list of the world’s richest people seven years in a row beginning in 1987 and peaked at number seven in 1989.
The biggest single cocaine shipment Escobar ever made to the United States weighed a whopping 23,000 kg.
Due to his political connections and power, he was elected into the Colombian Congress. Just after a year, he was denounced from the position by the mister of justice, keeping the mind the good of the people and the sanctity of laws. Little did the minister know about the repercussions and, soon, he was killed by Pablo.
He was arrested and kept in a prison which was he himself designed. It was a lavish bungalow which had a spa, a nightclub and a basket ball court. Even in confinement he continued his business and was in touch with the dealers.
When it was declared by the state that he will be moved, he ran away and became a fugitive. Later, at the age of 44, he was shot.
Just like him, his death was also a mystery and unsolved. Policemen caught him when he was talking to his son in his apartment via a phone, It was this phone that the police used to locate him.
To escape, he ran to the rooftop and there he was shot dead. About 25,000 people, including many of the poor Colombians to whom Escobar had personally distributed money, attended his burial in Medellin.
Another angle to this story says Pablo told his son that under no circumstances would he ever die in prison but rather shoot himself.
This report says, that In Pablo’s son book, ‘Pablo Escobar: My Father‘, released that same year, Escobar Henao details the basis for his claim. Pablo told his son numerous times that he would shoot himself in the right ear to avoid being captured alive.
Moreover, the son claims, images of the drug lord on the rooftop show his Sig Sauer pistol, which Escobar Henao says his father would’ve used to shoot himself, lying next to his body.