At the peak of his power the “king of cocaine,” Pablo Escobar, supplied 80% of the world’s cocaine, smuggling it into the US at an astounding rate of 15 tons per day. This translated into $420 million in revenue a week, making Escobar the wealthiest drug lord in history.
Escobar made so much money he didn’t know where to put it all, so he heaped huge piles of it in open fields, in old warehouses, and even in the walls of cartel member’s homes. Escobar’s brother and accounted claimed that the cartel spent $2,500 a month in rubber bands used to stack and organize the money.
In a 2009 interview, Escobar’s only son, Juan, claimed the his father actually torched $2 million just to keep the family warm while they were on the run. Juan wrote, “Pablo was earning so much that each year we would write off 10% because it had been eaten by rats … or lost.” That 10% added up to a cool $2.1 billion. That’s over 2 billion a year eaten by rats!
What is hard for many to understand is how someone can be in one of the world’s most dangerous businesses, have entire government agencies hunting them down, possess so much money they’re feeding the rats to a tune of 2.1 billion dollars a year, and not quit! Why would anyone keep going? When is enough, enough? Why would anyone cling to this lifestyle?
It just shows us the power of greed. When greed is involved nothing will ever be enough. So stop focusing on material possession and be thankful for what you have. Someone once said, “Being rich isn’t about how much you have, but being content with what you have.”
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal” (Matthew 6:19-20).