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Who really is Pablo Escobar’s daughter Manuela Escobar?
Born on the 25th of May 1984, in Medellin, Colombia, Manuela Escobar is a 34-year-old Caucasian female of Hispanic descent, she is known to the world only due to the fact that she is the youngest child and only daughter of one of the world’s greatest narco-traffickers of all time, if not the greatest of all – Pablo Escobar. Her personal achievements to this day did not contribute to her fame in the slightest. Her profession is also unknown.
Considering the fact that she was born during her father’s rise to power, in a country full of gang wars where at one point people were risking their lives by simply going to the grocery store, it can be said that Manuela had a difficult childhood. She grew up in Medellin, but in various locations across the city, as Pablo was constantly on the run from the authorities, opposing gangs, the FBI and ultimately a vigilante army, so he and his family had to constantly change ‘fincas’, which is the Spanish word for an estate. However, to her father money was never a problem, but the constant danger that surrounded her must’ve had a negative impact on the child’s undeveloped psyche at the time. There were multiple cases of shootouts right in front of some of the fincas, meaning her very life was sometimes endangered by stray bullets or explosive devices. That said, she nearly lost her hearing on the 13th of January 1988, when a car bomb was planted in an attempt on Pablo’s life, which exploded in relatively close proximity to Manuela, as one of her father’s men started the car.
The World’s Most Dangerous Man
It’s no easy thing being the daughter of one of the world’s most notorious killers and drug lords. Even though Escobar didn’t commit most of the murders personally, he did order a large number of people executed – estimate of total lives taken by Pablo’s Medellin cartel ranges between 2,500 and 3,000 individuals, while there are 540 confirmed police and military kills, with another 800 wounded. Pablo Escobar is one of the only criminals in world history that waged war not only on the authorities and rival gangs, but an entire nation. If the USA’s initially futile efforts to aid Colombia are included, then it can be said that Pablo was at war with two countries, numerous gangs and a vigilante army, all at the same time. By all accounts, Pablo made his way to the top by simply killing his competition. He first entered the world of crime as a mere teenager, selling fake tickets and doing small-time scams. He then moved onto kidnapping before establishing various smuggling routes for all kinds of products, mostly technology. With cocaine supply. Pablo simply killed any rivals, and assumed control of men working for them.
The World’s Richest Man
As far as articles concerning net worth can go, the one about Pablo Escobar is undoubtedly the most significant. By the mid-1980s, the Medellin cartel was raking in $420 million per week, which amounts to nearly $22 billion every single year. Once only a portion of Pablo’s wealth was measured and made publicly available, in 1987, he was instantly listed as one of the world’s billionaires by Forbes magazine, while in 1989 he became the world’s seventh richest man, and kept it until 1993. It should be noted, however, that not even Pablo himself knew exactly how much money he had, and thus the exact figure of his net worth cannot be estimated. Considering the fact that he was spending $2,500 per week only in order to have sufficient rubber bands to tie up his money stacks, it can be concluded that Pablo’s total earnings far exceeded those of the world’s current billionaires. Bill Gates’ total wealth stands at $90+ billion at the moment, and Jeff Bezos’ at $130+ billion, while Pablo was allegedly making $22 billion per year. If all of his assets and earned money were counted, he would undoubtedly be the world’s richest man, potentially richer than the Forbes’ top five combined.
Escobar wasn’t only a violent narco-trafficker, he was a full-fledged enemy of the Colombian government. On 27 November 1989, Dandeny Muñoz Mosquera entered the Eldorado International Airport in Bogotá, Columbia, and on Pablo’s orders, placed a bomb on the Avianca Fight 203. Five minutes after lift-off, the bomb went off and the plane crashed in the Soacha municipality, killing all 101 passengers and six crew members, while the impact took another three lives on the ground, an act of terrorism unprecedented in Colombia. It was Pablo’s declaration of war, followed by an attempt on the life of César Gaviria Trujillo, who would later become the president of Colombia. Part of the reason for this violence was that Colombia refused to give shelter to Pablo’s family, and continued with another attack on 6 December 1989, when 500 kilograms of dynamite went off in a truck parked next to the Administrative Department of Security headquarters in Bogota, Colombia, levelling a couple city blocks, taking 52 lives and leaving 1000 people injured.
The Most Expensive Fireplace
After one of the most dangerous attempts on Pablo’s life, specifically a shootout in front of one of his fincas with his family inside from which he barely escaped, he and his family relocated to a mountainside estate. To the misfortune of young Manuela, the nights were quite cold, and even though there was a fireplace, the firewood was wet and useless. There was also no fuel as the property wasn’t as well-supplied as others, and his men were in disarray after the shootout, which meant they needed time to find the means of re-heating the place. This story is known through one of her brother’s interviews, and as it continues, Manuela, even though wrapped in a blanket in her mother’s arms, became hypothermic. Helpless in a dire situation, Pablo took $2 million from a nearby stash and set the money ablaze in the fireplace in order to warm up his daughter. Although unrelated to this specific event, Manuela once asked her father what a billion dollars is worth, to which Pablo replied ’The value of your eyes, my princess.’
I’m not a super model! I still eat McDonal’s baby! ;D pic.twitter.com/AErnF7X9
— Manuela Escobar (@_ManueER) January 10, 2013
In the final years of Escobar’s dominion, Manuela, her brother Juan Pablo, and their mother Maria Victoria Henao, nicknamed ’Tata’ by Pablo and his men, spent all of their time in a government-secured suite. Due to the enormous love Pablo had for his family, he was eventually caught and pursued mercilessly. Since his attacks produced a couple of US victims, Richard Nixon employed state-of-the-art technology to aid Colombia in tracking down the cocaine king. Using satellite triangulation, the authorities were able to trace Pablo’s calls to his family, and eventually pinpoint most of his hiding spots. When Escobar was finally taken down on the 2nd of December 1993, his wife attempted to find asylum for their children in various countries, most of which refused her plea. In 1995, however, the efforts bore fruit and the family first went to Mozambique, and after that to Brazil. Finally, they arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina with tourist visas, and the government allowed them to gain citizenship and permanent residence.
— PabloEscobar (@PabloEscobar) February 3, 2014
A New Life
At some point after they settled in, Manuela Escobar changed her name to Juana Manuela Marroquin Santos, although soures allege she still slept with the last shirt her father wore, as well as a part of his beard under her pillow. She and her brother resumed schooling as regular students, while their mother slowly became a real-estate entrepreneur. However, one of the locals discovered Maria’s true identity, which resulted in a one and a half-year-long incarceration. In the meantime, Manuela and her brother retreated into their home and resumed schooling privately. In the present-day, Juan is the somewhat famous author of the 2014 book entitled “Pablo Escobar: My Father”, while details of Manuela’s current life are unavailable, although she is now into her 30s, and has presumably largely left behind the stigma of association with Pablo Escobar.