Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. While verifying Escobar's wealth is impossible because of the nature of drug money, estimates run as high as $30 billion. He cut a deal with Colombia to be imprisoned, but in a luxurious prison he built and named "La Catedral" -- the cathedral. In The Accountant's Story, Roberto Escobar discusses how Pablo rose from middle-class simplicity and obscurity to one of the world's wealthiest men. [80][81] In 2009, two adults and one calf escaped the herd and, after attacking humans and killing cattle, one of the adults (called "Pepe") was killed by hunters under authorization of the local authorities. [23], Soon, the demand for cocaine was greatly increasing in the United States, and Escobar organized more smuggling shipments, routes, and distribution networks in South Florida, California, Puerto Rico, and other parts of the country. The relationship was discouraged by the Henao family, who considered Escobar socially inferior; the pair eloped. This article is about the Colombian drug lord. Considering over two decades have passed, how does one even approach the task of uncovering what remains? Yep, you read that correctly. Finally, if Roberto’s account of ten percent of the cash being destroyed annually is correct, it’s possible millions and millions in hidden assets have been simply lost. Pablo Escobar is said to be the richest, most powerful drug lord ever to have existed. 5) Escobar est devenu un personnage de « Robin Hood » dans certaines régions de la Colombie. At the height of his power, Escobar, who was 44 when he was killed, was listed by America’s Forbes Magazine as the seventh richest man in the world. “My dad wasn’t very good at accounts, at numbers, I don’t think he knew how many millions he had. The two fugitives attempted to escape by running across the roofs of adjoining houses to reach a back street, but both were shot and killed by Colombian National Police. 2. [77] A video of the exhumation was broadcast by RCN, angering Marroquín, who accused his uncle, Roberto Escobar, and cousin, Nicolas Escobar, of being "merchants of death" by allowing the video to air. In 2007, the journalist Virginia Vallejo published her memoir Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar (Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar), in which she describes her romantic relationship with Escobar and the links of her lover with several presidents, Caribbean dictators, and high-profile politicians. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. 3. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. The call of cash business. [79], Escobar kept four hippos in a private menagerie at Hacienda Nápoles. In 1989, he was listed as the seventh-richest man in the world. He smuggled about 15 tons of cocaine into the US every day. Category Four: Lost assets that happened to get lost in the transition of gaining the money and spending or hiding it. With authorities closing in, a firefight with Escobar and his bodyguard, Álvaro de Jesús Agudelo (alias "El Limón"), ensued. The site features a collection of unexplained, strange and odd mysteries. In 1991, Escobar was incarcerated in his self-designed prison he named "La Catedral." Category One: Liquid assets like cash, cars, houses, clothes, etc. She acknowledged the amount of time since Escobar’s death makes the task “that much more challenging.” Additional obstacles include the fact much of the information involving Pablo is “probably not online”—the internet has been a boon to law enforcement investigators—and a good percentage of surviving assets are likely overseas where “access to things is not always as clear-cut as it is here.” (Indeed, records may not be accurately kept at all.). [8][48] His two brothers, Roberto Escobar and Fernando Sánchez Arellano, believe that he shot himself through the ear. "El Patron" brought in an estimated $420 million a week in revenue, making him one of the wealthiest drug lords ever. The book tells what it was like to be both the brother and, yes, accountant to Colombia’s late King of Cocaine, Pablo Escobar. So far only $8million (£5million), along with an arsenal of weapons, has been recovered from underground vaults at a sprawling complex built in the jungle for Escobar. That would be about $2.1 billion, given how much money he was reportedly making. After he died, Pablo Escobar’s money was difficult to track. [35][page needed] One of the leaders of Los Pepes was Diego Murillo Bejarano (also known as "Don Berna"), a former Medellín Cartel associate who became a rival drug kingpin and eventually emerged as a leader of one of the most powerful factions within the Self-Defence of Colombia. It looks like that money is now coming in from a legitimate source.”). It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. It’s all in the hands of the authorities and not of the victims as it should be,” Sebastian Marroquin said in an interview with Brazil’s Globonews television. Hostages were also taken for negotiation of their release, thus helping to prevent extradition of Los Extraditables to the U.S. for their crimes. "[30] In 1989, Forbes magazine estimated Escobar to be one of 227 billionaires in the world with a personal net worth of approaching US$3 billion[31] while his Medellín Cartel controlled 80% of the global cocaine market. Unexplained Mysteries and Strange Things, Cool Interesting stuff has been online since early 2011. Pablo hid a lot of his cash in jungles or secret compartments. He was the third of seven children of the farmer Abel de Jesús Dari Escobar Echeverri (1910–2001),[13] with his wife (Although, it turned out Pablo misplaced his trust, seeing as Roberto later became a DEA informant.). It is alleged that Escobar backed the 1985 storming of the Colombian Supreme Court by left-wing guerrillas from the 19th of April Movement, also known as M-19. [5], In 1982 Escobar was elected as an alternate member of the Chamber of Representatives of Colombia, as part of a small movement called Liberal Alternative. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Maybe it’s all in a ripped plastic bag under pounds of foliage or perhaps it’s stuffed in an abandoned house’s closet. 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 $59 billion as of 2019—while his drug cartel monopolized the cocaine trade into the United States in the 1980s and 1990s.[1][2]. No one created a map. 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Smuggling 15 tons of cocaine per day, worth more than half a billion dollars, into the United States, the cartel spent over US$1,000 per week purchasing rubber bands to wrap the stacks of cash, storing most of it in their warehouses. Roberto recounts initially using bank accounts and more conventional money laundering, but quickly having to resort to just hiding money: putting it in warehouses, stashing it in random walls, burying it. In Peru, Pablo would buy the cocaine paste, which would then be refined in a laboratory in a two-story house in Medellín. Since numbers for those accounts were known only to Escobar, the wealth deposited in them is likely to be lost for ever. [34][35][27] He worked hard to cultivate his Robin Hood image and frequently distributed money through housing projects and other civic activities, which gained him notable popularity among the locals of the towns that he frequented. According to Roberto Escobar, the Medellín cartel spent an estimated $2,500 a month on rubber bands needed to hold stacks of bills together. At its most active, the gang supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. contact us to submit an unexplained mystery article, or to join the team on the email address below. After he was arrested in 1991, Escobar was housed in a prison of his own design, nicknamed the Cathedral, where he continued to oversee the Medellin Cartel. This act was controversial, as it was suspected that Escobar and other drug lords had influenced members of the Constituent Assembly in passing the law. So, of course, he put his brother in charge, someone he trusted. They were deemed too difficult to seize and move after Escobar's death, and hence left on the untended estate. Pablo Escobar or George HW Bush (2016), by Shaun Attwood, tells Pablo's story as a suspect in the murder of CIA pilot Barry Seal; On 24 January 2018 Netflix released the 68-minute-long documentary, This page was last edited on 9 November 2020, at 23:53. [28] M-19 were paid to break into the Palace and burn all papers and files on Los Extraditables, a group of cocaine smugglers who were under threat of being extradited to the U.S. by the Colombian government. Despite his humble origins, Pablo Escobar became the leader of the Medellín cartel, which was responsible for 80% of the global cocaine market. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Among Escobar's biographers, only Vallejo has given a detailed explanation of his role in the 1985 Palace of Justice siege. He could also continue to run his cartel business and receive visitors. During all the years they went after him, he would say to me every day that if he was really cornered without a way out, he would 'shoot himself through the ear'. A common tactic is to “falsify sale of property to or from family members or known acquaintances” where they “transfer a title but not the possession.” A particularly “big red flag” is the discovery of “businesses in the name of the children.”. [22], Roberto Escobar maintains Pablo fell into the drug business simply because other types of contraband became too dangerous to traffic. Dans une interview accordée à Don Juan Magazine, le fils unique de Pablo Escobar - qui a depuis changé son nom en Sébastian Marroquin - a déclaré que son père avait mis le feu une fois à 2 millions de dollars de billets de banque, dans le seul but de réchauffer sa famille alors qu’ils étaient en fuite. [87], On 22 February 2019, at 11:53 AM local time, Medellín authorities demolished the six-story Edificio Mónaco apartment complex in the El Poblado neighborhood where, according to retired Colombian general Rosso José Serrano, Escobar planned some of his most brazen attacks. Meanwhile the money came in such massive quantities Roberto estimated that they spent $2,500 each month on rubber bands for the stacks. As for what happened to the money to the rest of his billions? It includes Type C money that the government could trace to Pablo or people who were in Pablo’s main team. [41], A drug distributor, Griselda Blanco is also reported to have conducted a clandestine, but passionate, relationship with Escobar; several items in her diary link him with the nicknames "Coque de Mi Rey" (My Coke King) and "Polla Blanca" (White Dick). [33], While seen as an enemy of the United States and Colombian governments, Escobar was a hero to many in Medellín, especially to the poor. In his book, Roberto also explains that millions of dollars would go toward Pablo Escobar’s Robin Hood image. By 2007, the animals had multiplied to 16 and had taken to roaming the area for food in the nearby Magdalena River. A plastic bag with money worth $18m (£14m) is found in a wall by one of the drug lord's nephews. [29], During the height of its operations, the Medellín Cartel brought in more than US$70 million per day (roughly $26 billion in a year). The film was shown at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and premiered in the US on HBO in October 2010. When he later bought fifteen bigger airplanes, including a Learjet and six helicopters, according to his son, a dear friend of Pablo's died during the landing of an airplane, and the plane was destroyed. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Get InsideHook in your inbox. As demand for more and better cocaine increased, Escobar began working with Roberto Suárez Goméz, helping to further the product to other countries in the Americas and Europe, as well as being rumored to reach as far as Asia. The luxury house he created contained a zoo, a lake, a sculpture garden, a private bullring, and other diversions for his family and the cartel. According to journalist Ioan Grillo, the Medellín cartel smuggled most of its cocaine straight over the Florida coast. It is also believed that members of the Cali Cartel, which succeeded the Medellin cartel, forced Pablo Escobar’s family to sign over properties. 5 Instagram Famous Couples Who Are “Cute Relationship Goals”, 19 Dad Rock Songs To Jam To This Father’s Day, 13 of the Best Quotes From Linda Belcher, Super Mom, 7 LGBT Webcomics You Should Add to Your Reading List, From Movies to Mentorship: 5 Lessons From Colin Egglesfield’s Book, “13 Reasons Why” Suicide Scene Removed – Shielding Your Children Is Not the Answer, burn $2 million without blinking to keep his daughter warm, Hating Kim Kardashian For Going To Law School Underscores America’s Problem With Sexism. Roberto Escobar also claimed that, in addition to using planes, his brother employed two small submarines to transport the enormous loads. Los Pepes carried out a bloody campaign, fueled by vengeance, in which more than 300 of Escobar's associates, his lawyer[39] and relatives were slain, and a large amount of the Medellín cartel's property was destroyed. After many months of legal wrangling, he ordered the murder of the two arresting officers, and the case was later dropped. [85] A report published in a Yale student magazine noted that local environmentalists are campaigning to protect the animals, although there is no clear plan for what will happen to them. Here's a look at his history in print. His wealth catapulted him into the Forbes list of global billionaires for seven years. 6. He kept all the information in his head and relayed the location of the funds to whoever needed to know. Born in Rionegro and raised in Medellín, Escobar studied briefly at Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana of Medellín, but left without graduating; he instead began engaging in criminal activity, selling illegal cigarettes and fake lottery tickets, as well as participating in motor vehicle theft. In March 1976, the 26-year-old Escobar married María Victoria Henao, who was 15. It is revealed that he is supposed to have grossed minimum $60 million every day from illegal conducts, causing in yearly profit of more … That comes out to Pablo Escobar making $60 million a day. msnback to msn homelatin america. They probably felt like they were owed a severance payment from their late boss. Pablo didn’t set aside an inheritance for his son or daughter, that’s why they don’t have their own category. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Ex-members of the Medellin cartel who turned to Cali after Pablo’s death told them where to find a lot of the money. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Who knows. [61] In her book, Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar (Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar), she had accused several politicians, including Colombian presidents Alfonso López Michelsen, Ernesto Samper and Álvaro Uribe of having links to drug cartels. And the hunt is on to find the hidden money. Keep it in the family. De Berdouare would later hire a documentary film crew and professional treasure hunters to search the edifice before and after demolition, for anything related to Escobar or his cartel. That’s no surprise, though, considering his weekly income has reached a whopping $420 million. The action was seen as too late. [84], The National Geographic Channel produced a documentary about them titled Cocaine Hippos. [10] Additionally, his private estate, Hacienda Nápoles, has been transformed into a theme park,[11] and he has been praised and criticized for importing hippopotamuses to Colombia. For other uses, see, sfn error: multiple targets (2×): CITEREFJ.D._Rockefeller2016 (. [78], After Escobar's death, the ranch, zoo and citadel at Hacienda Nápoles were given by the government to low-income families under a law called Extinción de Dominio (Domain Extinction). We are happy to work with other website publishers, Get your podcast featured for free – email us. A nephew of infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar has said he found a plastic bag with money worth $18m (£14m) hidden in the wall of one of his uncle's houses. The world is full of unexplained events, strange mysteries, and mysterious legends. According to his brother, Escobar did not purchase Norman's Cay; it was, instead, a sole venture of Lehder's. [83] Without management the population size is likely to more than double in the next decade. (It feels more recent thanks to his constant portrayals on both the big and small screen.) [75], Escobar's sister, Luz Maria Escobar, also made multiple gestures in attempts to make amends for the drug baron's crimes. A simple way to do this is to “keep moving funds back and forth so that it muddies the process.” (These assets haven’t been fully laundered, but at least their origins are difficult to track.) Escobar quickly became known internationally as his drug network gained notoriety; the Medellín Cartel controlled a large portion of the drugs that entered the United States (including Puerto Rico), Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Spain. "The Road to Italy: In the Shadow of the Drug Barons". All of these behaviors are typical of people looking to launder assets, since the money they get back is “clean.” (The IRS overpayment is particularly ingenious: “They usually do that because the IRS will then submit a check to you with the amount that you overpaid. Meaning Pablo’s drug notoriety might be about to bring his loved ones a final unexpected score. "It was a nine-hundred-mile run from the north coast of Colombia and was simply wide-open. The series tracks former CIA operations officers Doug Laux and Ben Smith as they “work with the original DEA agents that handled the case to infiltrate Escobar’s inner circle in search of the cash.” Discovery also boasts they will have “unprecedented access to technology” and “numerous inside sources to scour Colombia for the money.”. He seems to love the limelight and the opportunities that being Pablo Escobar’s son has afforded him. Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was born on 1 December 1949, in Rionegro, in the Antioquia Department of Colombia. La Catedral was equipped with a soccer field, barbecue pit, and patios and it was nearby another compound he built for his family. In May 1976, Escobar and several of his men were arrested and found in possession of 39 pounds (18 kg) of white paste, attempting to return to Medellín with a heavy load from Ecuador. Hidden fortune found in Pablo Escobar's house.
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