What Was Pablo Escobar's Actual Net Worth?
We all know Pablo Escobar was one of the most successful criminals in history, but the extent of his influence and power still remains unknown. In 1989 Forbes declared him as the 7th richest person in the world with a "book value" net worth of $9 billion dollars. However, in 1986 he offered to pay off Columbia's $10 billlion dollar national debt in a political gamble, which leads me to believe his net worth was actually much higher. Let's not forget Forbes makes their estimates based off public records, and a man as intelligent as Pablo Escobar makes sure the majority of their net worth doesn't really exist on paper. So let's hear estimates from finance experts. Has a cocaine smuggler surpassed John D. Rockefeller as the wealthiest person in history on an inflation adjusted basis, or was his actual net worth well below $100 billion dollars?