On December 1st, 1949, the richest billionaire criminal in history, Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria, was born. The name of this legend of the criminal world has long been strongly associated with narcotic substances, mainly cocaine.
As a child, Escobar was a small-time bully, but he was able to become the most powerful drug lord in human history. Escobar began his criminal career at a very young age. He lived in the village of Rio Negro, which was located three dozen kilometers from the Colombian Medellin.
Escobar’s mother was a teacher, and his father was an ordinary peasant. In his youth, Pablo fell under the influence of a not very good company, began to steal bicycles, and was convicted of petty theft more than once.
Medellin Cocaine Cartel
In the year 1977, Pablo, with the support of three major drug dealers, creates the most powerful drug alliance that has ever existed, called the Medellin Cocaine Cartel, which has its own drug delivery network and even includes submarines and aircraft.
A huge proportion of the drugs were smuggled into the United States of America. From the sale of a kilogram of cocaine, Escobar received about 5 thousand dollars in net income. Every year, Escobar smuggled about 95 tons of drugs into the United States, which brought him $ 3 billion in profits.
The drug lord had his own laboratories, located deep in the jungles of Colombia, where cocaine was manufactured.
Drug Lord Strategy
Escobar quickly realized that political activity would greatly help the development of his business, so in 1982 he was able to become elected to the Colombian Congress. This status made him inviolable, and therefore the construction of the cocaine empire began to be even more active.
However, in the year 1984, Escobar ceases to be involved in politics, because his condition already helped to resolve all emerging disputes.
Pablo clearly realized that popular support would greatly help him in protecting himself from the persecution of the authorities. He actively helped the Colombian poor, was engaged in the construction of shelters, roads, even new residential areas. Such care made him a real god for the inhabitants of the slums of Medellin.
In the year 1989, the authoritative publication “Forbes” estimated Pablo’s fortune at an incredible $ 30 billion. Escobar’s ranch had an area of 3000 hectares, it even had a personal airport and a zoo. In August 1989, the government declared real war on Escobar. The reason was the murder of a dozen supreme judges. After a few months, the authorities seized all the property of the drug lord, some of his associates went to jail, and he himself fled in a hurry.
However, Pablo responded very violently by orchestrating the assassination of Luis Carlos Galana, the main presidential candidate, and by destroying a commercial flight with 107 people on board. Payback came on December 2, 1993, when Pablo was killed by one of the Colombian police snipers. The drug lord was only 44 years old.