Pablo Escobar: The Medellin Drug Cartel

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Pablo Escobar was a Colombian born, kingpin who had a net worth of about $30 billion dollars during his lifetime. While he was alive, Pablo Escobar ran the most infamous and violent drug cartels in the world, The Medellin Drug Cartel. “Growing up Pablo and his brother would steal headstones from cemeteries, sand the names off, so they could sell them as new tombstones. They committed other petty crimes to make a small amount of money. After dropping out of college, he started working for a smuggler and made his first million dollars by age 22.” (Pablo Escobar Crime Museum)

In 1975, Escobar ordered the murder of Medellín’s most powerful drug lord, Fabio Restrepo. The first time Escobar was arrested came soon after this, though the case was dropped when he ordered the murder of all the arresting officers. As his control over the drug trade grew, so did his control in Colombia. He was even elected to Congress in 1982. Pablo always had dreams of being President of Columbia. “At
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“On November 27, 1989, Escobar’s Medellín cartel planted a bomb on Avianca flight 203, killing 110 people. The target, a presidential candidate who wasn’t even on the plane. In addition to high-profile assassinations, Escobar and his Cartel were responsible for the deaths of countless journalists, policemen and even criminals inside his own organization. By the mid-1980s, Pablo Escobar was one of the most powerful men in the world.” (Pablo Escobar's Net Worth) Forbes magazine ranked him as the seventh-richest man in the world. His empire included an army of soldiers and criminals, a private zoo, mansions, and apartments all over Colombia, private airstrips and planes for drug transport and personal wealth reported to be in the neighborhood of $24

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