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  • most of us have dreamed about what we do.

  • If we had a lot of money by a fancy car by a mansion with an enormous swimming pool, send our parents on a trip to Paris.

  • But what do you do when you have more money than you're able to deal with?

  • While it's impossible to know exactly how big of a money piled drug kingpin Pablo Escobar was sitting on at the time of his death in 1993 it's estimated that his net worth was 30 billion U.

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  • Dollars.

  • That's 59 billion in today's money.

  • In 1976 Escobar helped to found the Medellin cartel in his native country of Colombia.

  • The cartels primary business was exporting cocaine and other illegal drugs.

  • Escobar's fortunes grew quickly, especially as he began to eliminate rivals and expand operations.

  • He was innovative in finding new methods for drug smuggling and willing to take risks that other bosses wouldn't.

  • One of his more unique smuggling methods was hiding cocaine and airplane tires.

  • Depending on how much product pilots flew, they could earn as much as $500,000 per day.

  • By his late twenties, Escobar had assumed sole control of the Medellin cartel from the mid 19 eighties through the early 19 nineties, the cartel was incredibly successful.

  • At its height, it pulled in an estimated $420 million a week, or nearly 22 year.

  • Some 80% of the cocaine business worldwide was facilitated by the Medellin Escobar, especially monopolized cocaine smuggling to the US At one point, he was moving 15 tons of cocaine into the U.

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  • Every day.

  • Or of the Americans doing cocaine, four out of five were scoring it, courtesy of the Medellin smuggling operation.

  • Despite his money being gained through illegal means, Escobar was featured on the Forbes list of international billionaires for seven years straight, from 1987 to 1993.

  • In 1989 he was listed as the seventh richest man in the world.

  • As you can imagine, Escobar had a crazy, lavish lifestyle.

  • He partied hard.

  • It owned countless luxury cars, a Zwelling, 15 planes, six helicopters and several boats.

  • That's in addition to the fleet of vehicles in submarines he bought for drug smuggling.

  • Yeah, you heard us right to submarines.

  • He also specifically bought a Lear jet for flying cash around, Escobar purchased a professional soccer team and dozens of luxury houses in Colombia and throughout the world.

  • His main home was a 7000 acre estate notice.

  • Hacienda Napoles, named after Naples, Italy, in the jungle just a few hours from Medellin reportedly has a Indianapolis cost around $63 million.

  • The immense main house, built in the style of a Spanish colonial mansion, had every luxury a guest could wish for.

  • There was also a separate, opulent party house.

  • The sprawling estate had swimming pools, an airstrip, stables filled with expensive horses, a soccer field, tennis courts, a go cart course.

  • Ah, bullfighting arena, artificial lakes, a vintage car collection and life size dinosaur sculptures reportedly made from genuine prehistoric bones.

  • Last but not least, Hacienda Napoles had a private zoo filled with some 200 animals, including zebras, hippopotamus, giraffes, elephants and lions.

  • Many of the animals were smuggled into Colombia board Escobar's drug planes.

  • To top it off the entry road leading to the hacienda Annapolis, a state, had an arch adorned with the replica of a single engine Piper Cub airplane that had carried Escobar's first load of Coke to the United States.

  • Among the several properties Escobar owned in Florida was a minimalist mansion in an exclusive Miami Beach neighborhood.

  • The eight bedroom house had Florida ceiling glass walls, wrap around terraces, expensive lounge decks, outdoor kitchen, infinity edge pool and soaring palm trees.

  • Best yet, the 30,000 ft property was situated on the waterfront with an incredible view of the downtown Miami Beach skyline.

  • Then there was Escobar's secret vacation party spot, built on the quiet, rural La Isla Grande just out the Colombian coast.

  • This luxury complex consisted of a mansion, waterfront departments, a palm tree courtyard centered around an enormous swimming pool and a helicopter landing pad.

  • The estate had more than 300 well appointed rooms for guests.

  • Reportedly, even the bathrooms had solid gold showerheads.

  • Escobar's most famous property was a prison.

  • However, it was a prison unlike any other.

  • By 1991 the glamour of Escobar's lifestyle was beginning to pall.

  • Next to the extreme violence, many enemies wanted him dead, some even placing a bounty on his head.

  • Escobar turned to the Colombian government after six months of secret negotiations.

  • He was able to work out a deal.

  • Escobar would go to prison, but he would get to choose the location.

  • Entering prison would give Escobar protection from possible assassins, as well as prevent him from being extradited to the US Escobar designed and built his prison the luxurious like cathedral or the cathedral high in the mountains above Medellin.

  • Unfortunately, La Catedral was called Club Med again because it was more like a resort than a prison.

  • Escobar's bedroom featured a circular rotating bed, and his bathroom had a private Jacuzzi.

  • The property included a soccer field, the discotheque, a bar, a large patio, an enormous swimming pool with an artificial waterfall.

  • La Catedral also had an office with cellular services, radio transmitters, computers and a fax machine, which allowed Escobar to continue to run his business from prison.

  • While living at La Catedral, Escobar regularly hosted drug and booze fueled parties, often friends, family prostitutes, professional soccer players and other celebrities would visit.

  • Aside from his crazy life, Escobar poured a lot of money into charity work.

  • Keenly aware of his public image, he sought to generate goodwill he donated to churches and hospitals in Medellin and other towns in the region.

  • He built soccer fields, parks and paved roads.

  • He established food programs and also created a reforestation program.

  • Escobar even built a new neighborhood, Barrio Escobar, from scratch in Medellin, with 1000 homes for families who previously lived in the slums.

  • Cynics view this act as Escobar, buying public loyalty and building a place where he could hide drugs, guns and money.

  • According to some locals, Escobar would occasionally show up in the town square to hand out money.

  • He also wants addressed a Santa Claus and handed out presents to Children.

  • His charitable acts earned Escobar the nickname of Robin Hood.

  • He even got himself elected to Colombia's Congress in 1982 per his public service reputation.

  • At this time, the authorities were just beginning to grasp the scope of his criminal enterprises, and the public wasn't yet aware.

  • The minister of justice condemned Escobar and got him removed from the position.

  • Later, Escobar retaliated by having the minister killed, allegedly in the late 19 eighties.

  • Escobar offered to pay off its country's national debt of $10 billion if he would be exempt from any extradition tree.

  • Columbia declined the offer.

  • Despite his lavish lifestyle, extravagant purchases and charitable donations, Escobar simply wasted a lot of money.

  • Yes, wasted.

  • It was definitely a case of Mo money mo problems.

  • Many months.

  • Escobar took in so much money he couldn't launder it fast enough.

  • The Colombian banks refused to touch his dirty cash, so he stashed some in Swiss accounts.

  • At this time, he was spending $2500 on rubber bands for his cash.

  • Each month, piles of cash simply sat around in warehouses.

  • Escobar was losing 10% or $2.1 billion due to storage paper money being shredded by rats or destroyed by the elements.

  • Escobar started hiding money all over the place.

  • He dug holes and buried piles of shrink wrapped cash in Colombian farming fields, caves and also stashed money in the walls of cartel members homes.

  • Often after having his hit men hide money on his behalf, Escobar would kill them that way.

  • Nobody else knew where the money was buried.

  • In 1992 after he murdered some rivals and buried them on the grounds of La Catedral, the Colombian government decided to move Escobar to a real prison catching wind of the plan.

  • Escobar and his family went on the run, alternating between various safe houses on a cold winter's night, while the family was living in a hideout in the Medellin mountainside, Escobar's daughter, Manuela, became hypothermic.

  • Escobar reportedly burned $2 million in order to keep her warm.

  • The Medellin cartel began to crumble under the pressure from authorities and rival gangs.

  • Eventually, the law caught up with Escobar, and he was gunned down during a shootout with Colombian national police in December of 93.

  • Most of Escobar's immediate family continued to hide, worried about rival gangs, including the Los Pepes and the Cali cartel.

  • At first, the Escobar family was able to buy out an entire floor of a hotel and have guards protecting them around the clock.

  • But this soon proved to be too expensive, especially with no new money coming in.

  • Eventually, a lot of the Escobar family moved to Argentina, where do the limited funds They lived in ordinary middle class lifestyle.

  • After Escobar's death, Los Pepes and the Cali cartel were able to steal some of Escobar's property.

  • They also forced Escobar's family to sign over liquid assets.

  • Meanwhile, the Colombian government was able to recover several of Escobar's cash Stashes, especially when authorities rounded up members of the Medellin cartel who spilled the beans for some locations.

  • The Colombian government seized HAC Indianapolis La Cathedral, the vacation mansion on La Isla Grande, and several other Escobar properties.

  • The majority of the animals at Hacienda Annapolis were transferred to regular zoos, but due to the cost and trouble of moving them for hippopotamus is were left behind in one of the lakes.

  • The government then ignored the property for many years, treasure hunters, fueled by rumors of riches hidden on the property, tor down some walls of the main house.

  • In 2007, the government transformed Hacienda Napoles into a theme park featuring life size dinosaur models, family friendly hotels and a water park.

  • Escobar's hippos have multiplied, and there are currently upwards of 60.

  • While they are a popular tourist attraction there, upsetting the local ecosystem and have damaged nearby farms, authorities are attempting to control the population.

  • La Cathedral also laid vacant for many years, and eventually residents of the region scavenged it, stripping bathtubs, pipes, tiles and roof materials.

  • Fortune hunters destroyed walls and dug up the grounds.

  • No money was ever found.

  • The property has since been rehabilitated by Benedictine monks who've turned it into an old folks home.

  • The mansion on La Isla Grande is being reclaimed by nature.

  • It's a destination for adventurous travelers who want Instagram bragging rights to get there, requires a boat ride to the island and several hours trek through the jungle in the U.

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  • Officials had seized the majority of Escobar's property, including the Miami Beach mansion, long before he died in 1987.

  • The house was eventually sold and more recently in 2016 was tor down while being raised to Hidden Safe's were found.

  • One safe was stolen before it could be opened.

  • The owner of the property moved the other safe to a bank for security has never divulged the contents of what was found inside.

  • Over the years, people have found hidden Escobar Stashes of cash and gold bars.

  • In 2015, a farmer found 600 million U.

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  • Dollars buried in plastic barrels in a field he was digging.

  • The money was seized by the Colombian government as Escobar kept most of his money hiding spots to himself.

  • A lot of them are still out there.

  • Undiscovered cash deposited in a Swiss bank account also lies unclaimed, as only Escobar knew the account numbers.

  • Who knows?

  • If you go exploring the jungles of South America, you might just come across the mysterious stash of cash, a remnant of Escobar's drug empire and now keep the watch party going.

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  • We're not so sure.

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