Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera (born April 04, 1957) is universally known as El Chapo, is a Mexico-born drug lord and erstwhile leader of the Sinaloa Cartel.
This international crime syndicate specializes in dealing with strenuous drug-related activities.
El Chapo is widely considered the most powerful drug trafficker globally and the most significant drug lord of all time.
He has successfully smuggled multi-ton cocaine shipments from Colombia through Mexico to the United States by air, sea, and road.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán was born in Sinaloa, Mexico, and raised in a poor agricultural family.
His parents were Emilio Guzmán Bustillos and María Consuelo Loera Pérez.
As a child, he sold oranges and dropped out of school in third grade to work with his father in drug dealing activities.
When he was a teenager, his father kicked him out of the house, and he went to live with his grandfather. It was during his adolescence that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán gained the nickname “El Chapo,” Mexican slang for “shorty,” for his 1.68 meters (5 ft 6 in) stature and stocky physique.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán dropped out of school in third grade to work with his father, and TheCityCeleb can say that he is an uneducated drug lord. He does not have any formal education since he dropped out of school.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán oversaw operations whereby mass cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and heroin were produced, smuggled into, and distributed throughout the United States and Europe, the world’s most significant users.
He is the highest exporter of drugs to the United States, and this made Forbes rank him as one of the most influential people in the world between 2009 and 2013.
He was first in 1993 in Guatemala and was extradited and sentenced to 20 years in prison in Mexico for murder and drug trafficking. However, he bribed correctional officers and escaped from a federal maximum-security prison in 2001.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán was apprehended in Mexico in 2014, but he escaped before formal sentencing in 2015 through a tunnel dug by associates into his jail cell. But finally, the Mexican authorities recaptured him following a shoot-out in 2016 and extradited him to the U.S. a year later.
In 2019, he was found guilty of several criminal charges related to his leadership of the Sinaloa Cartel, was sentenced to life imprisonment, and was incarcerated in ADX Florence, Colorado, US.
At the time of his arrest, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán was the wealthiest and most powerful of Mexico’s drug cartels. It smuggles multi-ton cocaine shipments from Colombia through Mexico to the United States by air, sea, and road.
Despite being in prison, the Drug lord, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán still maintains his Instagram page by posting many of his pictures. He has close to 65K followers on Instagram.
Instagram handle – @elchapolaserie.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán is from a drug trafficking family. Many family members, including his brother, one of his sons, and a nephew, were killed by Sinaloa’s archrival cartels, Los Zetas, and the Beltrán Leyva Organization when dealing with drugs.
In 1977, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán married Alejandrina María Salazar Hernández in a small ceremony in the town of Jesús María, Sinaloa. The couple had at least three children: César Guzmán Salazar, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, and Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar.
Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán‘s children are Ovidio Guzmán López, Ivan Archivaldo Guzmán Salazar, Emali Guadalupe Guzmán Coronel, Édgar Guzmán López, María Joaquina Guzmán Coronel, Jesús Alfredo Guzmán Salazar, Alejandrina Gisselle Guzmán Salazar, Laisha Guzmán, Rosa Isela Guzmán Ortiz, Griselda Guadalupe Guzmán López, Kim Guzman Dolci, and César Guzmán Salazar. He has twelve children.
He has seven siblings, namely Miguel Ángel Guzmán Loera, Miguel Ángel Guzmán Loera, Aureliano Guzmán Loera, Bernarda Guzmán Loera, Armida Guzmán Loera, Emilio Guzmán Loera, and Ovidio Guzmán Loera.
Rated as one of the the smartest and wealthiest drug dealer in the world alongside Pablo Escobar, the drug lord, Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán‘s net worth is over $3 Billion.