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What was George Jung's net worth at his peak? Escobar's smuggler salary

Eve Edwards May 6, 2021
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We explore George Jung’s net worth at his peak after news of the drug smugglers death broke on 6 May 2021.

George Jung has passed away at the age of 78. The American drug smuggler gained notoriety through his association with drug lord Pablo Escobar. He also served as the inspiration for Ted Demme’s biographical film Blow (2001). Johnny Depp plays George Jung in the film and it is considered one of the actor’s best.

Find out about George Jung, his association with Escobar and his net worth here.

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George Jung’s net worth at his peak and in 2021

The film Blow is an adaptation of Bruce Porter’s 1993 novel Blow: How A Small Town Boy Made $100 Million With The Medellín Cocaine Cartel And Lost It All.

This would imply that at George Jung’s peak, his net worth was about $100 million. It was reported that at the height of his smuggling operation, Jung was making around $30 million per month.

George Jung’s major loss in net worth is well-known. He is even the subject of an upcoming documentary entitled Boston George: Famous Without The Fortune.

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Who was George Jung’s wife?

George Jung was married to Mirtha Jung from 1977 to 1984. She was reportedly involved in some of Jung’s crime operations.

George and Mirtha had a daughter, Kristina Sunshine, in 1978. The couple later split up, as Mirtha did not want to raise Kristina around drugs.

George Jung married a second time, to Ronda Clay Spinello Jung. This became public knowledge in 2016 after he was arrested for a parole violation.

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George Jung and Pablo Escobar’s relationship explored

George Jung helped infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar and his Medellin Cartel smuggle plane-loads of cocaine into the US.

Jung, also known as Boston George, became involved with Escobar after meeting Colombian drug trafficker Carlos Lehder in 1974. At the time, George Jung was at FCI Danbury serving a sentence for marijuana smuggling. This is where he met Lehder and Lehder involved him in the Medellin’s smuggling operation.

It was reported that Jung was responsible for about 80 per cent of all the cocaine smuggled into the US during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Jung was arrested in 1994 and given a 60-year sentence. Jung was released early in 2014. However a parole violation landed him back in jail until 2017. He remained on probation as of November 2020, according to Deadline.

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