5 Things to Know About El Chapo

TK Things to Know About El Chapo

Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman became Mexico's top drug kingpin in 2003. Known as the CEO of the Sinaloa cartel, El Chapo is the world's most powerful drug trafficker. He was long considered mythical-like because no one could track him down. That was until this past weekend when Mexican and U.S. authorities came together and captured the infamous drug lord.

The world has been buzzing about El Chapo since the news surfaced. Want more info on this infamous cartel leader? Here are 5 things to know about El Chapo:

1. El Chapo was born to a poor rural family. His father was a cattle rancher whom he began to work with after dropping out of school in the third grade.

2. He owned at least 16 houses, 4 ranches and 43 vehicles at the time of his capture. Nineteen of the vehicles are said to have been armored. According to Forbes, El Chapo also owned 97 long arms, 36 handguns, two grenade launchers and one rocket launchers, which were seized by authorities at the time of his capture.

3. Guzman's cartel is the #1 supplier of illegal drugs for the U.S. The New York Times reported in 2012 that El Chapo sold more drugs that year than Pablo Escobar did at the height of his career, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

4. In 2013, Guzman was #67 on Forbes' World's Most Powerful list. Experts estimated that his cartel's annual revenues may have exceeded $3 billion, and that El Chapo himself was estimated to be worth at least $1 billion. El Chapo has frequented Forbes' World's Most Powerful since 2009.

5. For years, El Chapo resided in 7 different homes connected by tunnels and sewers, in an effort to hide and avoid being captured.