King of Coke

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Escobar was responsible for killing about 4,000 people, including an estimated 200 judges and 1,000 police, journalists, and government officials.

‘King of Coke’

Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was a Colombian born drug kingpin and often referred to as the ‘King of coke’. The drug lord’s ambition and ruthlessness made him one of the wealthiest, most powerful and most violent criminals of all time. Escobar, at one point, was the biggest drug dealer in the world. He sold a lot of drugs, made mountains of money, and was utterly ruthless. He was single-handedly responsible for starting the drug cartels that plague Central and South America today.

He controlled such a vast empire of drugs and murder that it covered the globe. He made billions of dollars, ordered the murder of hundreds, if not thousands of people, and ruled over a personal empire of mansions, aeroplanes; a private zoo and even his own army of soldiers and hardened criminals.

The ‘Medellin Cartel’ was formed by him in collaboration with other criminals to ship cocaine to the American market. The 1970s and 1980s saw Pablo Escobar and the ‘Medellin Cartel’ enjoying near monopoly in the cocaine smuggling business in the U.S. shipping over 80% of the total drug smuggled in the country. He earned billions of dollars and by the early 90s, his known estimated net worth was $30 billion. The earnings sum up to around $100 billion when money buried in various parts of Colombia are included. In 1989 Forbes mentioned him as the seventh wealthiest person in the world. He led an extravagant life with the fortune he made. His empire included four hundred luxury mansions across the world. He also had his own army of soldiers and seasoned criminals. While his vast empire was built on murders and crimes, he was known for sponsoring soccer clubs and charity projects.

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