Bill Gates and Pablo Escobar are a pretty poor comparison. Gates never put bounties on the heads of policeman as far as I can recall. And running a software company is not the same as slinging dope. Your comparison is just absurd.
Pablo was adored by the poor of Medellin because he actually did something for community that the government would not. His legacy lived on because he was actually behind Alvaro Uribe(funded the majority of public works in Medellin that the former president got credit for and which later enabled him to become president). He also offered to quit the business and pay the national debt of the country for amnesty.
He was a murderer but he did care about his home town. However, I do not recall much adoration for him throughout the country during his reign, except in the super poor barrios of Medallo. And I was living here during those dark days.
Our civil was with Farc and other paramilitary groups has always been facilitated by the United Fruit Company(Chiquita) to keep Colombians down on the farm. All for fucking bananas.
The Cali cartel(Guiterrez brothers) took over and were much more ruthless, and that is why Cali today is one of the most dangerous cities in Latin America. Medellin, on the other hand has become absolutely amazing. Textile factories, tourism, an average temp around 70 year around, not to mention prettier girls than most places in the world.
No one here really admires any drug lord. However, when you are living hard scrabble poverty, and your only way out to a decent life is to get into the business, You do what you have to do.