Gangs & Organized Crime
10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Gangsters And Their Money

1. A Colombian Farmer Found $600 million Belonging To Pablo Escobar Buried On His Farm

Pablo “The King of Cocaine” Escobar was worth an estimated $30 billion in the 1990s from supplying 80% of the cocaine smuggled into America. His earnings were on such a high scale that his accountant had to spend $2,500 a month on rubber bands just to hold all the cash together. Pablo, who was born into a poor family, had his first ever “job” robbing grave stones, sanding off the names of the deceased and then re-selling them. Before he entered the drug trade, he made around $100,000 in the 1970s from kidnapping. It was this initial funding that led him into a life of drug trafficking, extortion and murder.

Pablo had more money than he knew what to do with. Once, one of his warehouses had an infestation of rats and they nibbled through $100 million worth of cash – he just wrote it off as “spoilage.” He also bet $2 million on a soccer game he arranged with fellow drug lord El Mexicano, the two hand-picked a team of professional soccer players and flew them over to Escobar’s home to play the game on a private field just for them.

His own son also revealed that when they were on the run from authorities, hiding out in the Colombian mountains, he set $1 million in cash on fire to help keep his daughter warm when she became unwell. In 1986, he offered to pay off  Colombia’s national debt of $10 billion – which was rightly refused by politicians.

Most shocking of all was when a Colombian farmer, named Jose Mariena Cartolos, had received a grant to develop a palm oil plantation on his land. While digging he found several containers which had been buried deep in the ground. He opened them only to find $600 million stashed inside the containers which was confirmed as a small cut of Pablo’s $30 billion fortune. Cartolos handed the money over to officials, who praised him claiming the money would go towards “social and economic programs.”



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