10 facts reveal the absurdity of Pablo Escobar's wealth

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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.

1. In the mid 1980s, Escobar's cartel brought in an estimated $420 million a week, which totals almost $22 billion a year.




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