If you haven’t watched the Netflix original series Narcos, drop whatever you’re doing and watch it right now! The epic ten-episode series, starring Wagner Moura, Maurice Compote and Boyd Holbrook, details the rise of Pablo Escobar — the most notorious drug kingpin in history who was responsible for 80 percent of the cocaine smuggled into the US. During his reign, Escobar was personally responsible for over 4,000 deaths, routinely murdered judges and politicians and placed public bounties on police officers. He ordered three to four car bombings a day, which is enough that we’re surprised people didn’t just start walking to work.
Often called “The King of Cocaine”, Escobar was also the wealthiest criminal in history, named by Forbes in 1989 by Forbes as the seventh richest man in the world with an estimated worth of over $25 billion. Escobar basically eclipses just about every drug kingpin in history. He started from nothing, and in little over a decade, became one of the most powerful and dangerous men in the world. Along the way, he did some truly staggering things, such as:
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