My life with the world's most infamous drug lord: Pablo Escobar's son reveals the heartbreak, fear of violence and how his father once burnt $2MILLION in cash to keep warm one night on the run. Sebastian Marroquin grew up on his father's sprawling home in Colombia. Naples Estate included a zoo, bull ring, go-kart track, pools and servants. Escobar 'threatened to kill staff who took drugs in front of his young son'.
Once burnt over £1m to keep his daughter warm during a night on the runBy andPublished: 22:06 BST, 7 September 2015 Updated: 06:38 BST, 8 September 2015. It was the home that every little boy dreams of.With an extensive go-kart race track, massive swimming pools and even a private zoo housing millions of dollars worth of rare and exotic animals, the seven square miles of land in the Colombian countryside that made up the Naples Estate may have looked like the ideal place to grow up.But for a young Sebastian Marroquin, it was also a place of fear - and not just because of the escaped hippopotamus that live feral in the rivers and lakes surrounding the grounds to this day.Scroll Down for Video. ShareMarroquin, now 38, grew up in an era when his father was ranked the 7th richest man in the world by Forbes magazine with an estimated £18billion fortune.With the money came extraordinary excess - particularly within the plush surrounds of the Naples Estate.Marroquin, who changed his name from Juan Pablo Escobar, has recalled how the sprawling estate featured fleets of vintage cars, house servants, swimming pools and the bizarre sight of exotic animals - including elephants - bought at huge expense by his father. Trafficker: Pablo Escobar was worth $30billionBorn in 1949, Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria started his criminal career on the streets of Medellin in Colombia as a teenager, selling contraband cigarettes and stealing cars.When he was gunned down by Colombian National Police on December 2 1993 he was one of the wealthiest criminals in history, worth a staggering $30billion.After working for a short time as a bodyguard in the early 1970s Escobar moved on to cocaine trafficking. His operation became so successful that he was able to buy 15 planes and six helicopters to help smuggle the drugs, mainly to the United States.Escobar amassed so much cash that he had to spend around $2500 a month on rubber bands to keep the piles of notes neatly stacked.His Medellin Cartel inevitably attracted the attention of the authorities, but Escobar dealt with them mercilessly. My father even threatened to kill his employees if they so much as smoked a joint in front of meBy that time, ‘The King of Cocaine’ and other members of the cartel had become the world’s most wanted drug traffickers.Marroquin maintains his father was not killed by police in the gunfight, but rather took his own life by shooting himself in the head.'
I have no doubt' he planned his death, he said in November - though he added he was publishing his version of the story because he had evidence to support it, not to show his father as 'a hero or martyr.' His book also delves into Escobar's betrayal by his own family, including his brother Roberto, who became an informant for the US Drug Enforcement Administration.He said nothing was left of his father's fortune. Escobar's enemies - 'including people who had once been his friends' - claimed it as plunder after his death, he said.But 'I'm grateful that happened,' Marroquin added.
'We started over again.' Details of the incredible riches Sebastian Marroquin (left) witnessed as a child were revealed in a book called 'Pablo Escobar: My Father' (right)In another of his interviews, Marroquin revealed how he fled Colombia for Argentina with his family at the age of 17 after Escobar's death before taking his current name.Describing the confusion he felt at the time, he told Deutsche Welle: 'I reacted violently and threatened the country. I regretted these threats ten minutes later, when I became aware of the consequences of acting on them.
I also realised that with my father now dead, I could be the next in line.' More recently, Marroquin spoke of his father again ahead of the first screening of 'Narcos' the Netflix series about his cartel boss father.In an email to Associated Press, he questioned how accurate the Netflix depiction would be.' I'm not very convinced by stories sold as truthful that use my father's name without authorization and purposefully ignore the main keepers of his memories: his family,' he said.Since vowing never to follow in Escobar's footsteps, Marroquin has travelled Latin America giving anti-violence talks and pushing for drug policy reform. He recently said his father was 'very far from being a hero'.Marroquin, who studied architecture, said he was proud he had avoided becoming 'a deadlier version' of his father.'
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I could have become Pablo Escobar 2.0, but I became an architect, a designer, a lecturer and now a writer,' he said.' I've had thousands of chances to get into illicit business. But I always said no to them because I learned my lesson about drug trafficking. A very good, very lucrative business that ends in destruction.'
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View GalleryThere are many that confirm his mythological status. At the height of his power,. He bought a Lear jet just to fly his money. And he once burned a barrel of 2 million dollars just to keep his daughter warm.His public and private personas exist in stark contrast to one another. Escobar is rightfully regarded as a butcher who would do anything to attain and maintain power: it's estimated that his organization was responsible for at least 4,000 deaths during his reign as the head of the.In private, Escobar was a man who put his family first to the point that his affection for his family allowed the Colombian government to track and kill him. Today, we explore the family photos of a man who was both a devoted father and the most ruthless drug kingpin in history:If you're fascinated by all things Pablo Escobar, check out this video taken by a Colombian journalist at, the prison that housed - and was built by - Pablo Escobar in the early 1990s.