Have you watched Narcos? This is a popular series on Netflix that features drug smuggling. Wagner Moura, one of the stars plays a role inspired by Pablo Escobar. Tilting back to real life, who is Pablo Escobar? Pablo was married to Maria Victoria Henao.
See, like I always say, some women must have come as a special gift from above. Picture this, a girl defies the social standards set by her family, marries her teenage lover; the man gets involved in all kinds of scandals but this woman, sticks by him; through thick and thin. This woman is Pablo Escobar’s wife, Maria Victoria Henao. There is no better way to get to know the life of the late cocaine smuggler than through the life of his main better half, Maria Henao.
Her Married Life with Pablo Escobar
There is not a lot to reveal about Henao before her marriage to Escobar. However, according to earnthenecklace, Henao met this drug (cocaine) dealer at the tender age of 13.
It is thought that the two met through Henao’s brother who used to work at Escobar’s mini crime-deals. By then, Pablo was 24. Never mind this age difference, these two fell in love, started dating and finally tied the knot.
They went against all the odds including a strong disapproval by Maria’s family. Her family felt that, socially, Pablo was not good enough to marry their daughter.
Nonetheless, the couple threw all care and decided to elope. Maria got married to Pablo in March 1976. She was 15 while Pablo was 26. They followed their emotional bond.
Unfortunately, Escobar’s loyalty to his wife was short-lived. He had many relationships and extra-marital affairs with multiple women. Even with many affairs, Maria Henao remained by her husband’s side.
She was always there encouraging him to be strong. Being a cocaine smuggler and a man with multiple relationships, Pablo faced many challenges, but Henao would always be there for him.
Her Net Worth
Following the death of her husband Pablo in 1993, Maria and her children tried moving from one country to another. She and her son were later accused of money laundering, an allegation they denied. Currently, Married Biography says that after moving to Argentina, Maria changed her name to Maria Isabel Santos Caballero to avoid the attention of the police.
She is said to have resorted in an apartment and opted to stay away from the public. As much as her husband’s net worth was huge, Maria’s current net worth remains unknown. There is no information on her salary or net worth.
While her husband Pablo was alive, Maria managed to maintain her husband’s net worth, which was at $30 billion in the 90s. This was a significant money back then, and it made him one of the richest men in the world at that time.
He had also established his empire defined by many residential homes and safe houses among many other assets. He also owned a home in Miami, Florida. Unfortunately for Maria and her child, the Columbian government after Escobar’s death took up these assets.
Education and Career
Currently, there is no information on Maria’s education or career. As already mentioned, she only came in public after her involvement with Pablo Escobar.
Wassup Celebs says that Henao led a lavish lifestyle supported by the cocaine deals income. There are also other speculations that she only stayed with her husband because of the money. Of course, this is a subject that different people would argue out differently.
Maria, a Columbian national has three siblings. These are Henao Vallejo, Carlos Mario, and Pastora Henao Bayen. As already mentioned, her family did not approve of her relationship with Pablo. They claimed he was socially unfit for their daughter. Maria gave them a deaf ear and eloped with her lover two years after they first met.
True to their word, Pablo was unfaithful to his wife, and he committed many crimes besides being an unbeatable drug lord. There’s not much that has been said about Maria’s family after her involvement with Pablo Escobar.
Maria Victoria Henao and Pablo Escobar Children
Maria became a mother for the first time on February 24, 1977. It is then that the couple welcomed their firstborn son Juan Pablo(who later changed his name to Sebastian Marroquin). Later in 1984, the couple got another child, this time a girl. They named her Manuela.
Sebastian is a grown man now. He graduated with a degree in architecture. Sources say he is already married and is a father to a beautiful daughter. Unlike his father, Sebastian now works as an architect and is leading a decent life.
While Maria and her son Sebastian had led a somewhat public life (until when they were forced to hide their real names), Manuela is a bit reserved and prefers not to come out in the media. As such, there’s not much about her in the limelight.
However, it is widely known that Pablo was very fond of Manuela and that he always went an extra mile to keep her happy and well, for instance, he burnt 2million dollars to prevent her from succumbing to hypothermia while his family was on the run.
Maria Victoria Henao and Her Kids after Escobar’s Death
Until his death, Pablo’s family lived in Columbia. They had to flee from this country after his death. Maria and her two children are said to have tried relocating to Peru, South Africa, Mozambique, Ecuador, and Brazil, but being the family of the richest drug dealer; Maria and her children were denied access.
After a long struggle, the family managed to enter Argentina. Back in Columbia, the government had moved to seize all the assets and wealth associated with the late Pablo Escobar.In a move that would be seen as trying to cleanse his father’s sins, Sebastian later authored a book known as ‘Sins of My Father.’
He also made efforts to help people who had fallen victim to his father’s atrocities. This is according to earnthenecklace.com.
Name: Maria Victoria Henao
Date of Birth: 1961
Place of birth: Columbia
Marital status: married (widowed)
Married to: the late Pablo Escobar
Children: Sebastian Marroquin and Manuela Escobar.