Being a drug lord is risky business. On one hand, you are making millions of dollars and living a luxurious life. However, on the other hand, you are on the run from the police because your selected vocation is … well, illegal. No one knew this better than the legendary Pablo Escobar, who was arguably the most famous and legendary drug kingpin of all time. He amassed unbelievable amounts of wealth, but did some pretty horrific things to get it. After his reign of terror, authorities got a never-before-seen look at his many properties, and what was inside of them.
#12 The Infamous Pablo Escobar
Pablo Escobar achieved a level of fame that no other drug kingpin has ever seen. In the late 1970’s, Escobar fueled the rising demand for cocaine in the USA. By the 1980s, there were 70-80 tons of cocaine going to the USA from Colombia, with most coming from Escobar and his Medellin Cartel.
#11 Richer Than You Could Ever Imagine
#10 Criminal Career
After dropping out of college, Escobar decided to take up a career as a criminal. He began by selling fake lottery tickets and cigarettes. Soon, he graduated into car theft and kidnapping. His ambition as a child was to have a million dollars by 22, but instead of doing it legally, he decided a life of crime was for him.
#9 A Hero In Colombia
Despite all his criminal activity since he was a young man, he was seen as a hero and savior by a number of people. He sponsored children’s sports teams, built athletic fields, created hospitals for the sick and made schools. He worked hard to maintain his role as the modern day Robin Hood.
#8 But His Reputation Caught Up To HIm
Despite his public image in Colombia, many knew his true colors. He was a money-hungry criminal who had been responsible for hundreds of deaths. His criminal activity soon caught up with him as he was shot and killed a day after his 44th birthday. He attempted to escape on the rooftops in Colombia, but was chased down and ultimately killed.