versus: Pablo Escobar vs. El Chapo Guzmán


versus: Pablo Escobar vs. El Chapo Guzmán

  • El Patrón vs. El Chapo: How do two of the most notorious drug kingpins in history stack up?
  • Real name: Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria.

    Head of: the Medellín Cartel of Colombia.

    Hometown: Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia.

    Birthdate: December 1, 1949 (Died at age 44).

    Nickname: El Patrón.

    Education: Dropped out of school at age 16.
  • Real name: Joaquín Guzmán Loera.

    Head of: The Sinaloa Cartel of Mexico.

    Hometown: La Tuna, Badiraguato, Sinaloa, Mexico.

    Birthdate: April 4, 1957 (55 years old).

    Nickname: El Chapo.

    Education: Only completed the third grade.
  • Pablo Escobar

    Early start: Began stealing cars and worked his way up to kidnapping.

    Height of power: mid-to late '80s.

    Specialized in: cocaine.

    Personal net worth during peak: $3 billion.

    Cartel earnings in 1984: an estimated $1.5 billion.

    Rival: Cali Cartel of Colombia.
  • El Chapo Guzmán

    Early start: Began working for the Guadalajara Cartel in the '80s.

    Height of power: '90s to present.

    Specializes in: cocaine, meth, marijuana, heroin.

    Personal net worth during peak: $1 billion.

    Cartel earnings: an estimated $3 billion a year.

    Rival: Los Zetas Cartel of Mexico.

  • Pablo Escobar

    Right hand man: Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, a hitman nicknamed "Popeye" who was in charge of carrying out violence.

    Murder rate in Colombia during peak: 52.8 per 100,000 people in 1987. The city of Medellín once peaked at 381 murders per 100,000 people (The current U.S. murder rate is 4.8 per 100,000).

    Martial status: Had one wife, Maria Victoria Henao. Escobar was 26 years old when he married Henao, who was 15.

    Children: Escobar had two children, Juan Pablo and Manuela.

  • El Chapo Guzmán

    Right hand man: Miguel Angel Martínez, a pilot who moved up the ranks and was eventually caught. He later became an informant for law enforcement officials and is currently under witness protection.

    Murder rate in Mexico during peak: 18 per 100,000 people in 2010. Last year, Ciudad Juárez had a murder rate of at 148 murders per 100,000 people (The current U.S. murder rate is 4.8 per 100,000).

    Martial status: Had three children with first wife Alejandrina María Salazar Hernández, four children with second wife Griselda López Pérez, and recently had twins with 18-year-old beauty queen Emma Coronel Aispuro.

    Children: César, Iván Archivaldo, Jesús Alfredo, Édgar, Joaquín, Ovidio, Griselda Guadalupe. Names of baby twins are unknown.

  • Pablo Escobar

    Audacious move: Had leading presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán assassinated in 1982. Galán was in favor of having Colombia extradite convicted drug kingpins to the United States.

    Friend or foe? Escobar was seen as a modern-day Robin Hood by some after he spent his millions on building schools, hospitals and soccer fields.

    Killer quote: "There are two hundred million idiots, manipulated by a million intelligent men." - Pablo Escobar.

    Current status: Killed by Colombian police forces one day after his birthday, December 2, 1993.
  • El Chapo Guzmán

    Audacious move: After getting arrested in 1993, El Chapo escaped from Puente Grande prison in Mexico. He was reportedly smuggled out through a laundry cart.

    Friend or foe? "With Chapo, he's got the whole Robin Hood thing going. People in close proximity to him might not be motivated to turn him in." - DEA official.

    Killer quote: "We have personnel dedicated strictly to Chapo Guzman. That's the importance we have placed on getting him." - DEA official.

    Current status: still at large and on the run from both Mexican and United States law enforcement.

    UPDATE: El Chapo was arrested in Mexico on February 22, 2014. United States law enforcement officials are seeking his extradition.
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