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The King of Cocaine – rare photos show the normal life of Pablo Escobar and his family

David Goran

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, often called “The King of Cocaine,” was the wealthiest criminal in history, with an estimated known net worth of US$30 billion by the early 1990s, and approximately US$100 billion when including money he had buried in different places throughout Colombia. At the height of his power, he was the most powerful man in Colombia and his drug empire stretched around the world. He was once considered by Forbes Magazine to be the seventh-richest man in the world.

The Medellín Cartel supplied an estimated 80% of the cocaine smuggled into the United States. During the height of its operations, the cartel brought in more than $60 million per day. The total amount of money made by the cartel was in the tens of billions, and very possibly the hundreds of billions of dollars. There were many “groups” during the cartel’s years, usually white Americans, Canadians, or Europeans, organized for the sole purpose of transporting shipments of cocaine destined for the United States, Europe, and Canada. One group of members went by the name of “El Tomotes”. This group is believed to be part of an “Enforcement arm” for Escobar, allegedly responsible for many assassinations, bombings, and missions of vengeance for their leader.

 

 

 

 

The war against Pablo Escobar ended on December 2, 1993, the day after his birthday, in a middle-class neighborhood in Medellin. A firefight ensued and, as Escobar tried to escape across a series of rooftops, he and his bodyguard were shot and killed. Soon after Escobar’s death and the subsequent fragmentation of the Medellín Cartel, the cocaine market became dominated by the rival Cali Cartel until the mid-1990s when its leaders, too, were either killed or captured by the Colombian government.

Another face of his life, like a normal person, Pablo always had an unconditional love for his children and wife. In March 1976 at the age of 27, Escobar married Maria Victoria, who was 15 years old.

 

 

 

 

Together they had two children: Juan Pablo (now Juan Sebastián Marroquín Santos) and Manuela. Manuela was born in Brownsville, Cameron County. It is stated that while on escape, Pablo Escobar had burned down more than two million dollars currency in order to protect and warm up his daughter from the cold, while they were hiding at a farm in the mountains, close to the city of Medellin. Also known as, Sebastian Marroquín, Juan was born in the year 1978 in Medellin, Colombia. He is the only son of the cocaine king. The Killing of Pablo Escobar was done by Police after locating and making a call to Juan Pablo Escobar by another famous gangster. After the gunning down, entire family fled to Mozambique. Then they moved ahead to Argentina, where they acquired a citizenship. After the exile, Juan took up a new name Sebastián Marroquín and moved ahead graduating from college with a degree in architecture. Marroquín is currently based in Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina, as an architect where he lives with his wife and daughter.

 

 

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Escobar created and lived in a luxurious estate called Hacienda Nápoles and had planned to construct a Greek-style citadel near it. Construction of the citadel was started but never finished. After Pablo’s death, the ranch, the zoo and the citadel were expropriated by the government and given to low-income families in the 1990s under a law called extinción de dominio (domain extinction). The property has been converted into a theme park surrounded by 4 luxury hotels overlooking the zoo and tropical park installation. Months after his death in December 1993, Escobar’s widow and two children fled Colombia in 1994.