Quick Facts of Jhon Jairo Velasquez
During the ’80s and ’90s, all of the US was in the constant chaos of defending its motherland from the infamous Colombian Drug Cartel name Medellin. Today’s topic is about one of the members of the cartel who was responsible for the heinous crime that killed more than three thousand people. He is non-other than Popeye Pablo Escobar’s right hand of Drug Lord Pablo Escobar.
Popeye Pablo Escobar became a center of attraction after the death of his boss Pablo followed by his surrender in 1992. He is responsible for killing over 300 people during his career as a hitman for the Medellin Cartel. Apart from the notorious professional life, how was his personal life? Was he married, and what about his net worth? To find out continue reading the article below:
Rise to Hitman
Popeye Pablo Escobar was born as Jhon Jairo Velasquez on April 15, 1962, in 70 miles north of Medellin in the Colombian town of Antioquia Colombia. His parents moved to Itagui, a suburb of Medellin when he was 12 years of age.
Ultimately, he joined the Colombian cadet school of the national police of the Colombian national army but decided to leave since he was not satisfied. Upon leaving the police, he decided to join the Colombian Navy where he earned his nickname Popeye. He got the nickname because of his resemblance to American cartoon characters.
Nevertheless, Popeye didn’t feel home at Marine and soon decided to join Mafia full time. Initially, he worked for a childhood friend before meeting drug lord Pablo Escobar. Also, he started killing people at the age of 18 after he killed a bus driver who mistakenly killed his friend’s mother. After killing a human, he felt nothing, and that’s when his career as hitman started. In an interview he said:
”I felt nothing at all after killing him.” “It was then that I realized I had a stomach for crime.”
Popeye was once in a relationship with Wendy Chavarriaga Gil, a former lover of his boss Manuela Escobar dad’s Pablo Escobar. However, since he worked in the criminal world, he killed her with his own hand despite loving her. At one time, when he was laying in bed with Wendy, the phone rang, and on the other end was a recording of her speaking with DEA agents. It was a big issue than to give information to the US police about anything related to the gang. Nevertheless, the situation turned into havoc after Popeye was given orders from his boss Pablo to kill her.
Ultimately into the time, he shot her twice in the forehead after Pablo gave him an option saying “love or death, money or lead”. In no time, he hung up the phone and shot her even though she was the woman he loved. Apart, he might have been in a relationship with some women, but since his life was not friendly to be in a relationship, he remained single all his life. Saying that he did enjoy the relationship with lots of women but only sexually.
However, after his surrender, Popeye admitted he had a son and a wife living in the US. Despite that, there is no information about his spouse and kids until now. In an interview with Newyork times, he admitted having a family and also warned his enemies to stay far from them. Sadly the information of his family remained a mystery after his death in 2020.
Popeye died of natural causes on February 6, 2020, at Bogota Cundinamarca. He died because of stomach cancer in Bogota hospital at the age of 57. Prior to his death, he had been re-imprisoned in 2018 after first being released from prison in 2014, having served an initial 23 years after turning himself in in 1992.
Moreover, during his reigns as a hitman, he admitted to having been killed over 300 people by himself. Despite that, he was a loved man by Colombian people because of his constant opposing towards the Colombian government and President Trump. Before his death, he revealed various information about the Medellin Cartel and also wrote a book. He had become a good man and run a youtube channel named Popeye_Arrepentido, which has over a million followers.
Net worth-$12 million
Popeye had a net worth of $12 million from his career as a hitman for the richest drug lord. He worked for the biggest drug cartel in the world, which generated $60 million daily in drug profit. The Medellin cartel covered 85 % of the United states cocaine Market. His boss Pablo was considered as the wealthiest criminal in history with an estimated net worth of $30 billion net worth by the time of his death.
Furthermore, in 2019 Popeye had a net worth of $59 billion. He lived such a lavish life that no one can imagine. For instance, at one time, when they were hiding from the DEA in the jungle, his boss decided to burn more than $20 million of cash so as to light a fire. He and his boss had everything they needed at their boundaries, including a personal Zoo worth $80 million.