The “King of Cocaine” was the son of a poor Colombian farmer, but by the time he was 35, he was one of the world’s wealthiest men.
Despite his humble origins, Pablo Escobar became the leader of the Medellín cartel, which was responsible for 80% of the global cocaine market.
“El Patron” brought in an estimated $420 million a week in revenue, making him one of the wealthiest drug lords ever.
While verifying Escobar’s wealth is impossible because of the nature of drug money, estimates run as high as $30 billion.
1. In the mid-1980s, Escobar’s cartel brought in an estimated $420 million a week, which totals almost $22 billion a year.
Source: The Daily Beast
2. Escobar made the Forbes’ list of international billionaires for seven years straight, from 1987 until 1993. In 1989, he was listed as the seventh-richest man in the world.
3. By the end of the 1980s, he supplied 80% of the world’s cocaine.