The legendary crime boss and drug lord Pablo Escobar lives on in our cultural consciousness – through films, TV series, and books, we’re watched the story of Escobar retold time and time again, and some new wrinkle to appreciate appears everytime. With Discovery (Astro Channel 551) airing Finding Escobar’s Millions – a documentary following Doug Laux and Ben Smith, former CIA operations officers as they go on the hunt for his alleged “hidden treasure” in Finding Escobar’s Millions, there’s no better time to take a closer look at the legendary crime boss.

Here are 4 things you might not have known about Pablo Escobar!

1. Part of his billions are tucked away, 6 feet under

When you’re making about $60 million dollars in cash every day, of course you’ll have problems spending it as fast as you’re making. According to Roberto Escobar, Pablo’s older brother, to ‘solve’ that problem, Pablo hid thousands of money-stuffed barrels underground and stashed it away in Colombian farming fields, dilapidated warehouses, and even in the walls of cartel members’ homes. At one point, it was estimated that this stash consists of as much as 20% of all American 100-dollar bills.

Million-dollar nugget: Stack all of Escobar’s 100-dollar bills from his billion-dollar fortune and it’ll be higher than 14 Petronas Towers stacked end to end!

Lazada Malaysia

2. Escobar flew his cash straight into Colombia on a jet


The notorious drug kingpin had a small plane that flew up to $10 million of drug money in cash from the U.S. With profits pouring in, Escobar had to ensure that the drug returns were transported back to Colombia quickly. He swapped his small plane for a Learjet that could hold up to 10 times more cash on each trip.

Million-dollar nugget: Escobar ran one of the most successful businesses of all time. He enjoyed an astronomical 20,000% Return-On-Investments, raking in $200 returns for every dollar put into his business.

3. Only 0.3% of Escobar’s wealth have been found by the authorities

$100 million—that’s only 0.3% of Escobar’s $30-billion empire! The other 99.7% of his wealth is still out there, possibly still in plastic bins left underground, as confirmed by Roberto Escobar in his book The Accountant’s Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellin Cartel.

Million-dollar nugget: Roberto devised the system of caletas—hidden stashes of money—to include small hiding places in walls of houses and apartments, with as much as $5 million in cash in a single stash.

4. Escobar has a neighbourhood named after him

Escobar built Barrio Pablo Escobar—a neighbourhood in Medellín—from a garbage dump into a community with more than 1000 homes. He supplied motorcycles, guns and money to many poor, wayward kids. Through all this, he secured a loyal following who protected and also helped to hide his money.

Million-dollar nugget: Escobar’s support for the poor in communities around Colombia gained him popularity and the nickname, Robin Hood.

Finding Escobar’s Millions airs every Sunday at 9pm on Discovery Channel (Astro Channel 551)


The Long Goodbye

If you've been following us for a while now, you'll know The Level hasn't been what it's supposed to be for a few months now. There's a very simple reason for that - we're pulling the plug, folks. There's no easy way to eulogize your work, let alone an...

Upfront X Original Matters Presents: Unknown Mortal Orchestra Live in KL

By Salihin Rizal This is for all of you indie-psych heads! Made possible by Upfront and Original Matters, Unknown Mortal Orchestra will be holding their first ever KL live show this 25th of September at The Bee, Publika. Haven’t heard of them? Well it’s...

Interviewing Matt Preston of MasterChef Australia About Crispy Rendang

We recently had a brief talk with one of the judges on MasterChef Australia season 10 - Matt Preston. An award-winning food journalist, critic, and TV personality, Matt Preston has appeared on the series at least seven times. He also appears...

Tiffin Food Court is back!

The magical Tiffin Food Court that got prematurely halted last year over concerns about the venue is coming back, with an extended range of vendors and a brand new home! Starting this 30th August 2018, Tiffin Food Court will return at the military...

PMC drops the 1MDB Yacht Club Collection

by Maruxa Lynd You don’t have to be as rich as Jho Low to afford a yacht! Well, at least you can get a shirt with a yacht on it! PMC’s new collection features one of Jho Low’s prized possessions, his super yacht called the Equanimity. Ever since he has...

Celebrate Malaysia with Cadbury Kopi C & Datuk Lat!

By Salihin Rizal Famous for its huge bars of chocolate and the milky-ness thereof, Cadbury Dairy Milk launched its first ever localised limited-edition flavour made exlusively for Malaysians, that is the Cadbury Dairy Milk Kopi C! But wait, it gets better...

#JOMMALAYSIA: An All-Malaysian Carnival

By Salihin Rizal Hari Kebangsaan is just around the corner and I’m sure Patriotic Malaysians are feeling the ‘merdeka’ vibes already- I know I am! It is a new Malaysia, reform is in the process and back in May, Malaysians has experienced the power of...

Lawalah Familia Collaborates with Boston’s N.B.S for Lawalah Vets EP

by Maruxa Lynd Lawalah Vets EP Launch Party at Six Bangsar was a wild one filled with hard beats, fire bars and energetic crowd. The new songs performed for the first time by Lawalah Familia during the launch were greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm by...

NERDUNIT ‘s “Mindf*cked Generation” debuts in KLFW RTW

by Maruxa Lynd USA founded streetwear brand Nerdunit by Ronald Chew debuted its latest collection at Kuala Lumpur Fashion Week RTW 2018 last Friday,12th August in Pavilion KL. Boldly named “Mindf*cked Generation”, the latest ready–to–wear collection aims...

Comedy Central’s “Stand – Up,Asia!” is back for Season 3!

by Maruxa Lynd Returning with a 10-part series to air every Tuesday starting 14 August   Three cheers for Comedy Central's original series, Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia!, cause it’s back for its third season, premiering this 14th of August! The series,...