Pablo Escobar was nicknamed “King of Cocaine” due to his successful deals on transportation, smuggling, and crafts in cocaine. He made a name throughout his days as a criminal until his death. The drug lord managed his Empire so well that his tactics seemed indestructible until 1993. Let’s explore Pablo’s life until his fall as well as his family members and what became of them.
Pablo Escobar’s Biography
Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria was a drug Lord, narcoterrorist and a renowned criminal who smuggled about 80% of cocaine into the United States of America. He was born on December 1, 1949, at Antioquia, Rionegro in Colombia. Farming was Abel de Jesus (his father) occupation and his mom Hemilda de Los Dolores Gaviria Berrio was an elementary school teacher until her death in 2016.
Pablo was born into a family of nine and had seven siblings among who he was the third. His growing up had tons of criminal activities – he had numerous records of theft and smuggling and got involved in purloining of gravestones in a cemetery and reselling them for money.
He learned most of his crafts from Oscar Benel Aguirre who taught him acts like street scams, selling of contrabands including fake lottery and theft of cars. Pablo was given the opportunity to go to school, however, he dropped out of Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana of Medellin.
Pablo Escober had big ambitions and his quest to get rich fast had him set a goal of having $1 million before hitting 22, in achieving this goal, he started working as a contraband smuggler for Alvaro Prieto. At age 26, he had $100 million in his account. He began distributing cocaine himself and crafted routes for cocaine movement in the United States of America in 1975. He possessed about fifteen airplanes and six helicopters which were his means of transportation.
A few years after he began deals in the United States of America, there was a rise in demand for cocaine and this increased his supply. He was the King in Medellin and sooner than anyone could imagine, his cartel earned a name; Medellin Cartel. He aged in the business and so did his income increase, on an annual basis the Cartel King made over $21.9 billion.
Wife, Son, and Daughter
Pablo found love with Maria Victoria Henao, he eloped with her when he was 26 and she was just 15. They got married in March 1976. Maria’s parents never acknowledged the union between her and Pablo, they had their reasons based on the fact that he had no social life.
Their union was blessed with a boy and a girl – Juan, now known as Sebastian Marroquin, on 24 February 1977 and Manuela on May 25, 1984, respectively.
Who Is Maria Victoria Henao?
Despite her husband’s criminal activities, Maria always had good notions about him. In her quest to explain her love for Pablo, she wrote a memoir for him titled Amando a Pablo, odiando a Escobar, meaning Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar. Afterward, her book inspired the movie Loving Pablo produced in 2017.
Maria was born in 1961 and lived a restless life after she birthed her two kids with Pablo due to his ordeals. She ran alongside her children for her dear life after her husband’s assets were confiscated by the government. In order to survive and keep a low profile, she began a new life with a new identity somewhere in Argentina. She now goes by the name María Isabel Santos Caballero.
Juan Pablo (Sebastian Marroquin)
Juan now known as Sebastian has lived with his father’s guilt. He had taken the path of repentance by writing a book on his father’s sins titled My Father in 2015. He also made public apologies to all those who fell prey to his father’s criminal activities.
Though he said he never wanted anything to do with his late Father, he still goes to his graveyard to pay his respect, despite being hurt.
He studied Architecture and currently works as an architect. Sebastian had gone into cloth designs in 2010, majoring in designs for jeans and T-shirts. He named the clothing line, using his father’s last name – Escobar and his mother’s last name Heano.
Manuel Pablo has remained invisible since her father’s death.
Cause of Death
Pablo Escobar’s net worth was over $30 billion as far back as the 1900’s. He was recorded as one of the top wealthiest men during his time. Till date, records still have it that he had a net worth of $30 billion, an amount most renowned business moguls can only dream of today.