Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria (December 1, 1949 – December 2, 1993) was a Colombian drug lord and narcoterrorist who founded (and was the sole leader of) the Medellín Cartel. Dubbed “The King of Cocaine”, Escobar is the wealthiest criminal in history, having amassed an estimated net worth of US$30 billion by the time of his death (equivalent to $58 billion as of 2018), while his cartel monopolized the cocaine trade into the United States in the 1980s and 1990s.

At his zenith in the 1980s, Pablo Escobar ran and controlled a vast empire of drugs that covered the globe. He was responsible for hundreds of murders and presided over an empire of luxury mansions, planes, his own private zoo and a personal army comprising of soldiers and hardened criminals.

Pablo Escobar, arguably the most notorious drug lord in modern history, with his son outside the White House, c.1980.

Pablo Escobar’s Death

In 1991, Escobar surrendered to authorities and was sentenced to five years imprisonment on a host of charges. In 1992, Pable Escobar escaped and went into hiding when authorities attempted to move him to a more standard holding facility, leading to a nationwide manhunt.

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As a result, the Medellín Cartel crumbled, and in 1993, Pablo Escobar was killed in his hometown by the Colombian National Police, a day after his 44th birthday.

In this video are the top 13 unbelievable facts about Pablo Escobar – a man who continues to fascinate us all even after his death.

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