Here are 22 interesting Pablo Escobar facts.


1. Pablo Escobar was considered as the wealthiest criminal in history, with an estimated net worth of US $30 billion by the early 1990s. – Source

2. Pablo Escobar had so much cash that, at one point, he was spending $1000/month on the rubber bands to hold all his cash. – Source

3. In order to avoid extradition to the US, Pablo Escobar offered to pay off Colombia’s $20 billion foreign debt. – Source

4. There is a herd of nearly 40 hippos living freely in Colombia after the private zoo of Pablo Escobar was abandoned and its 4 original hippos reproduced. – Source

5. Due to rats and mold, Pablo Escobar lost 10% of his money per annum, amounting to $2.1 billion. – Source


6. Pablo Escobar served time in his own self-built prison, complete with waterbeds, entertainment systems and a spectacular view of Medellín, all protected by his personally selected prison guards. – Source

7. One of Pablo Escobar’s most efficient cocaine labs was a village on wheels. When a flight was due in to pick up or drop off, the houses would be wheeled back to expose a landing strip and then wheeled forward again when the plane took off. – Source

8. In order to keep his daughter warm, Pablo Escobar once burned $2 million. – Source

9. During the demolition of Pablo Escobar’s former house, the new owner found an unknown safe that is still locked and unopened to this day. – Source

10. It is estimated that 80% of the cocaine entering the US was supplied by Pablo Escobar during his time. – Source


11. When Pablo Escobar’s daughter wanted a unicorn, he bought her a horse and stapled a cone to its head and wings to its back. The horse died from an infection. – Source

12. Pablo Escobar and El Mexicano once bet $2 million on a soccer game. They each hand-picked a dream team of professional soccer players and flew them to Escobar’s home to play the game on his own private field. – Source

13. Roberto, Pablo Escobar’s brother contacted Netflix to ask if he could review Season 2 of Narcos before it came out. – Source

14. Pablo Escobar’s son, Juan Pablo Escobar, offered himself as a consultant to Netflix in order to present facts as they actually happened but the director, Jose Padilha, declined his offer. – Source

15. Pablo Escobar used to cheat at Monopoly games with his kids by hiding extra money ahead of time near where he planned to sit. – Source


16. Pablo Escobar’s son told a radio station that he would take revenge and kill everyone involved in his father’s death. He later took this back and became an architect. – Source

17. On November 27, 1989, Pablo Escobar blew up an airplane in an attempt to kill a Colombian presidential candidate. 110 people were killed although his intended target was not on the plane and went on to get elected president of Colombia. – Source

18. An Ex-Pablo Escobar enforcer who killed 300 people now seeks a new career as YouTube star. – Source

19. Pablo Escobar financed M-19 rebels to commit the 1985 Palace of Justice Siege in Colombia. The siege resulted in the deaths of 11 of the 25 Supreme Court Justices of Colombia. Escobar also had the rebels steal evidence which would’ve allowed Colombia to extradite Escobar to the USA. – Source

20. In 1982, Pablo Escobar was the official representative of the Colombian government at the swearing in of Spain’s Prime Minister. – Source

21. René Higuita, the 1990 World Cup goalkeeper for Colombia missed the 1994 World Cup because he was serving time for aiding Pablo Escobar in a kidnapping. – Source

22. Pablo Escobar confronted any law enforcement that got in his way with a policy of “plata o plomo”, literally meaning silver or lead. He would first offer his opposition a bribe and if they refused he would have them killed, occasionally their family in the hit. – Source

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Last Update: January 6, 2017