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With a negotiating motto like “either silver or lead” Pablo Escobar had a special way of convincing his business partners that he dealt in and believed in metal beside just beautiful, exotic flowers from South America. As one of mankind's most recognized distributors of cocaine, Escobar grew his organization modeled from the historic Robin Hood.
In an enclave known as Medellin, Escobar employed hundreds of locals to help him convert the higher quality coca paste from Peru and Bolivia into a popular powder know as cocaine. What made him different was his ability to manage a distribution network to move the finished product to desirous clients. His clientèle reportedly was the world. At the height of his saturation, authorities estimated that he moved more than 80 tons of his product a money. In order to keep tabs on the profit margin, Pablo employed his trustworthy brother, Roberto, to keep the books and stay attune to accounting. According to Roberto, the organization spent $2,500 per month in rubber bands to wrap around the money they took in as profit. The group had to warehouse cash because they had so much of it.
Before his untimely death in 1993, Forbes guesstimated that Pablo was worth more than three billion dollars. Billionaires were still then a novelty. His cartel earned/bribed the trust of local officials that insulated his operation. For those who did not buy into his philosophy, Escobar convinced that person's subordinate organization that their leader did not need to meet his maker – but chose to.
Escobar's popularity extended to politics. He became a representative of his locals constiutents. Why some of the opposition candidates fell victim to death before the elections has always been a mystery in Columbia.
Ultimately, with the U.S. Declaration of War on Drugs and a coordinated effort of the growing number of Escobar enemies, he was gunned down on a roof top in his home town. Even today though, Escobar maintains a positive legacy for all he provided to his community in the way of hospitals, schools, churches and jobs.