Who is Manuela Escobar?
Manuela Escobar was born on 25 May 1984, in Columbia, and is best known as the only daughter of the late drug lord Pablo Escobar. Her father was the wealthiest criminal of his time, and was named the King of Cocaine during the height of his drug trade empire.
The Net Worth of Manuela Escobar
How rich is Manuela Escobar? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $300,000, earned through success in her numerous endeavors. When his father was alive, the family had a collective net worth of $30 billion, though after his death, most of their money was seized by Columbian authorities leaving almost nothing to the family when they fled.
Early Life and EducationBeing Pablo Escobar’s only daughter, Manuela lived a life of luxury, residing in a luxurious mansion her father had built with profits from his criminal empire, filled with sculptures and lavish rooms. He had even managed to acquire a 6,500 square foot waterfront mansion in Miami Beach, Florida, which was valued at $100 million. However, he had many enemies including criminal rivals and police investigators accumulating evidence against him to put him away. With all these threats around the family, Manuela was homeschooled for her own protection. When she had made friends, she was bullied because they knew that she had to take private tutors to complete her schooling. Her father had become very rich, allegedly supplying 80% of the US’ supply of cocaine, and they had so much money that it came to the point when hr father could even burn millions of dollars to help keep them warm. However, their life of luxury and criminal activity would be relatively short lived because of the dangers presented by criminal activities.
Exacto! Recordar me hace mas que feliz! Esta fue la mejor etapa de mi vida! Donde mi unico estado era ser siempre Feliz pic.twitter.com/YqqkFj3Y
— Manuela Escobar (@_ManueER) January 20, 2013
Father – Pablo Escobar
Pablo Escobar founded the drug network called the Medellin Cartel, which initially rivalled numerous cartels both locally and abroad. He was considered a narco-terrorist, and called “The King of Cocaine” due to his control of the supply of the illegal drug and the wealth he accumulated because of it. He began his career working for contraband smugglers, often having to kidnap people for ransom before deciding to try and distribute cocaine for himself. He established the first smuggling route into the US in 1975, and the rising demand for cocaine saw his business and wealth rise exponentially.
During the 1980s, 70-80 tons of cocaine were estimated as being shipped from Columbia to the US, and his drug network became responsible for numerous crimes to keep him in power, including the murders of politicians, locals, judges and police officers to help keep things quiet. However, he was also responsible for the construction of houses and football fields making him a hero of the poor, but under his reign the country became the murder capital of the world.
The End of Pablo Escobar
After the assassination of politician Luis Carlos Galan, the Columbian government negotiated with Escobar and convinced him to surrender and cease all criminal activity in exchange for preferential treatment and a reduced sentence. He surrendered, but was confined in a luxurious private prison called La Catedral, with a Jacuzzi, waterfall, giant doll house, bar, and a football pitch. He continued his criminal activities while in prison, but was eventually found out by the media, leading to him escaping, and spending the next 16 months running from the police, before being cornered and killed in a shootout in 1993.
The police use radio trilateration technology to track his radiotelephone transmissions and found Pablo hiding in a middle-class barrio. He tried to escape by running on the roofs of adjoining houses, but was killed by the Columbian National Police. With his death, the cocaine market became dominated by rival Cali Cartel, and with no more protection for his family, Manuela, her mother and her brother moved away from Columbia.
Life in Argentina
The family initially travelled as refugees to Brazil, then to Ecuador and South Africa before heading to Peru. They eventually settled in Argentina, and changed all their names to hide their ties to the deceased Escobar. During her time in Argentina, Manuela continued her education, and eventually studied for a degree in public relations, trying to put the past behind her. They lived in peace for many years, and her mother started a real estate business that became very successful. However, in 1999 their identities discovered, and a case launched against them, accusing them of forging public documents, which led to her mother and brother being arrested.
However, due to the lack of any substantial evidence, the case was dropped and her family was released. She continued on with her life away from the media spotlight, so it is not known if she married and started a family. There are rumors that she continued with a career in public relations, but this hasn’t been confirmed. Her brother would become popular thanks to writing books and being interviewed about their late father. He has made it his mission to try and promote forgiveness while helping victims of his father’s reign. He works as an architect in Argentina.
Narcos is a television series set and filmed in Colombia, with the first two seasons based on the story of Pablo Escobar. The show focuses on his interactions with drug lords, US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents, as well as other entities. The show features his rise and fall, causing some controversy within Colombia and also with some relatives. Manuela has kept silent despite all of this commotion, though others have stated their criticisms based on what they call a “false portrayal” of Escobar, and using stories of others without their consent. Pablo’s immediate family has kept their peace, and has not made any public statements.