Pablo Escobar’s son has given an extraordinary insight into what his childhood was like with his father who was one of the most infamous drug lords in the world.
In the new four-part series on Sky Documentaries Escobar v Escobar, Juan Pablo Escobar Henao now 44 - the same age as his father when he was killed - reflects on a childhood lavished in wealth but always with the threat of danger just around the corner due to his father’s Medellin cartel he founded in 1976.
As the cartel gained control in the cocaine markets around the world, Escobar reaped the benefits and became a billionaire with a reported wealth of around $30 billion, the Independent reported.
Juan Paolo knew all too well about his father’s wealth after being spoiled with gifts growing up and detailed some examples in the new documentary.
“When I was four, my dad gave me my first motorbike,” he says. “At 11, I already had 27, just 27! “
Juan as a child (left) with father Pablo Escobar (right) Sky
He described his father as “one of the richest men on the planet” was able to provide some shocking stats about his dad’s power in the drug cartel business during his “golden age,” Juan revealed at this time the country of Colombia “had 200,000 acres planted with cocaine.”
For a typical weekend in Miami alone, Escobar “had an average income of between 50 and 70 million dollars.”
Others featured in the series described how Juan never wore the same clothes twice, and was surrounded with “machine guns, cocaine shipments, prostitutes, amongst bags of money and millions of dollars, aeroplanes, yachts, luxury cars” throughout his childhood.
Juan Pablo - who now goes by the name of Sebastian Marroquin - explains what it meant to be the son of Pablo Escobar.
“When you are born an Escobar, you have no right to happiness or calm.”
When Escobar eventually handed himself into police in 1991, he escaped from his self-built “ La Catedral” prison just a year later, where Juan details life on the run as a teen after he and his family to fleed with his dad.
Pablo Escobar was shot dead aged 44 in 1993 Sky
“My father asked us to hide with him because we couldn’t be safe outside,” he said.
“We’d go to places blindfolded, we’d go to various hiding spots. We were in at least six different safe houses.
He added: “ You didn’t know where you were, but you were with him.”
Though this plan didn’t last long and after eight months the Escobar’s realised the dangers of living in exile and the difficulty to escape, and so the family sought the protection of the Colombian government.
Juan recalls the last him he saw his father alive, “I remember we were at Casa Azul, where we were hiding with my father at the time. Before we left, he came towards us, hugged me, he wanted to speak but he couldn’t utter a word.
“It was the first time I saw him cry.
“When we were about to leave, I went towards the Altos building and my dad followed us in a car. We turned to go into the building, he honked a couple of times and carried on his way.
“That was the last time I saw my father alive. It was like a final goodbye.”
Sixteen months after his escape from prison, Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, when Juan was just 16-years-old and was now in charge of his dad’s drug empire.
He said: “All the weapons in Colombia were pointing towards me.”
Initially, he vowed to avenge his dad as in old footage he shouts how he is going to “ kill those b*****ds” who shot his father.
It was a pledge that had serious consequences, “Those five seconds of threats ended up becoming 25 years of exile,” he explained.
The Escobar’s settled in Argentina after being rejected asylum from several countries and travelling through Mozambique and Brazil.
Juan is now an architect and author, having published a book about life with his dad titled: “Pablo Escobar: My Father.”
Escobar by Escobar is being aired Sky Documentaries and NOW TV.