Who’s Pablo Escobar ex-wife, Maria Victoria Henao’s?
Pablo is dead, but his widow isn’t. If you want to know more about Maria, her life, before, during and after Pablo, then stay with us for a while, we are about to bring you closer to Pablo Escobar’s widow. During this article, we will also cover the most important details about Pablo himself. So if you’re ready, let’s start.
Maria Victoria Henao Wiki: Early Life, Parents, and Siblings
Maria, of Columbian ancestry, grew up in a family of three siblings; she is the middle child and is the younger sister of Carlos Mario Henao Vallejo and Pastora. Her brother Carlos was already in the drug business, as Pablo Escobar’s assistant, and it was he who introduced Maria to Pablo, when she was only 13 years old.
Romance with Pablo Escobar
Upon the first meeting, Maria felt drawn to Pablo, and in no time, the two were a couple. Despite her parents’ objection to their alliance, Maria and Pablo continued their relationship, and less than two years later were officially married. At the time Maria was only 15 and Pablo 26, but the age gap didn’t present a problem, apparently again proving that love doesn’t know age difference. Maria gave birth to their first child, Juan Pablo Escobar Henao, when she was only 16 years old. During these years, Pablo was focused on his drug trafficking, and gradually Maria became a part of his operations, often supporting her husband in these illegal endeavors. As his kingdom was expanding, Maria enjoyed a life of luxury, traveling the world, expanding her horizons, and staying true to her husband. They remained married until his demise.
Life After Pablo
Following Pablo’s death, Maria faced numerous problems; she sought asylum for herself and her children, but no country would accept them. She changed her name to Maria Isabel Santos Caballero, while her son was renamed to Juan Sebastian Marroquin Santos. The whole family fled to Mozambique, and then to Brazil, and after obtaining tourist visas settled in Argentina where she now lives. She became a real estate agent in Argentina, however, she was unmasked by one of her business associates, and after being brought to police, she spent 18 months in prison. Luckily, all charges against her involving past crimes were dropped, and she is now apparently living a simple life in Argentina, far away from public eyes.
Do You Know How Rich Maria Henao Is?
Well, at the peak of their power, the Escobar family had a fortune of over $30 billion, however, with Pablo’s demise it all supposedly went to waste. Since then, Maria has started her own business which allows her to live decently, but the exact information about her wealth remains unknown to the authoritative sources – the suspicion is that she still benefits from Pablo’s ill-gotten gains, stashed away in bank accounts, who knows where?
Maria Victoria Henao’s Daughter, Manuela Escobar
We will share with you the most interesting details about Maria’s children, first her daughter, Manuela, and then her son, Sebastian Marroquin. Manuela was born on the 25th May 1984 in Medellin, Columbia, coming to prominence only as the daughter of narco-boss Pablo Escobar. She has remained out of focus for the better part of her adult life. Growing up wasn’t easy for young Manuela, as it was during her father’s rise to power, and the family would often moving to avoid the police, as they were always on Pablo’s trail. When her father was shot down, Manuel was in her teens, which brought further problems. She changed her name to Manuela Maroquin Santos but has since reverted to her birth name, after fleeing eventually to Argentina with her mother and brother. However, Manuela has been pretty active on Instagram, on which she has more than 13,000 followers, sharing pictures from various locations around the world, and also details from her personal life, most recently a picture with her boyfriend.
Born Juan Pablo Escobar Henao on the 24th February 1977, in Medellin, Columbia, he is now an architect and author, who goes under the name Sebastian Marroquin, but his family name has followed him into adulthood. He also ultimately fled to Argentina, where he changed his name, but he somehow went to study in England, away from guns, police, and drugs. In addition to his career, Sebastian has also appeared in the documentary “Sins of My Father”, and authored the book “Pablo Escobar: My Father”, which was published in 2014. Most of the profits from the book and documentary have been allocated to Columbian charities and families of Pablo Escobar’s victims. Sebastian is now a married man and has a son.
Now that we know all the history of Maria and her children, let’s focus on the life and work of the greatest narco-trafficker that ever existed, Pablo Escobar. Born Pablo Emilio Escobar Gaviria on the 1st December 1949, in Rionegro, Colombia, he was a drug lord, best known to the world as the boss of the Medellín Cartel. He died in a police shooting on the 2nd December 1993, just a day after his 44th birthday.
Pablo Escobar Bio: Early Life, Parents, and Education
Born to a farmer, Abel de Jesús Dari Escobar Echeverri and his wife Hemilda de Los Dolores Gaviria; he was third of seven siblings. He grew up in Medellín, and attended the Universidad Autónoma Latinoamericana of Medellín, but never finished high school as he had already begun his notorious way of life, first selling counterfeit high school diplomas, and later joining with Oscar Benel Aguirre selling cars, fake lottery tickets, contraband cigarettes, and once he met Alvaro Prieto, drugs too, starting what became a huge business.
He started distributing cocaine by planes from Colombia through Panama to the US in 1975, and in the next 15 years came to dominate the drug-trafficking business. He slowly expanded his business as he bought 15 bigger planes, which were all used for drug smuggling into the US. The first problems with police occurred the next year when he was caught bringing 18 pounds (39kg) of white paste from Ecuador, but he managed to evade conviction after the charges were dropped, then ordered the murder of the two officers who went against him.
Rise to Prominence
The smuggling business was thriving as the demand for cocaine in the US skyrocketed, and through his many connections he organised new shipping routes into the country. From 1978 to 1982 Pablo’s profits amounted to more than $70 million per day, which in cocaine meant that the Medellin cartel smuggled 15 tons of cocaine into the USA. During this time, on his own Pablo became a billionaire, and bought a number of luxury estates, on which his wife enjoyed life. Also, he and co-founder of the cartel Carlos Lehder bought an island in the Bahamas, in order to more easily ship into the US. In 1982 he had the nerve to venture into politics, becoming member of the Chamber of Representatives of Columbia, but would soon be labeled as the enemy of the government, although a hero to the working class of Colombia, due to his helping hand to the poor, obtaining status of a Robin Hood, but as the number of murders increased in the state, and all clues led to Pablo, many people wanted his death.
Pablo Escobar’s Demise
He started confronting government and its decisions in the second half of the ‘80s; the most particular event from these times was the storming of the Colombian Supreme Court, for which he paid left-wing guerrillas known as M-19. Later, with the death of Luis Carlos Galan, the new president of Colombia, Cesar Gaviria, turned against Pablo and his illegal actions completely. Soon Escobar received an offer from Cesar’s administration to surrender, and cease all the illegal operations in exchange for a reduced sentence.
The government managed to convince Pablo to surrender, and just before his imprisonment, extradition of criminals between Colombia and USA became prohibited through the new Colombian Constitution of 1991. He was sent to the prison known as La Catedral, which became his private luxurious confinement, consisting of a football field, bar, jacuzzi, and anything else Pablo desired. Although imprisoned, Pablo continued his illegal activities from within the walls thanks to his many connections, so the government was obliged to move him to a more secure jail.
Escape and Death
His connections proved useful once again; he learned about the police and government plan to move him to a different prison, and planned his own to escape, successfully, but spent the rest of his life fleeing police. USA special unit force comprised of SEAL Team Six, Delta Force, and Centra Spike joined the search for Escobar, with the help of Colombia’s police task force Search Bloc, plus a group of mercenaries consisting of Escobar’s enemies named Los Pepes. 16 months following his escape from La Catedral, Pablo was tracked down. Just a day after his 44th birthday, Pablo spoke with his son Sebastian over a telephone which was wired, and members of the Colombian electronic surveillance team, led by Brigadier Hugo Martinez learned Pablo’s whereabouts and the Search Bloc team was sent to a location in Los Olivos, a neighborhood of Medellin. At first, Pablo was wounded but managed to escape to the roofs and ran into a back street, but was shot through his ear.by Columbian National Police.
Pablo Escobar’s Grave
Pablo was buried at Cemetario Jardines Montesacro in Itagüí, just south of Medellín, where Escobar grew up. Entombed next to his family, his funeral was visited by more than 25,000 people, many Medellin’s working class and poor people, to whom he is still somewhat of a saint, despite his many crimes, as he would build homes and aid them financially throughout his years of dominance in Colombia.
Pablo Escobar in the Media
The most notorious drug lord that ever lived has been showcased in books, television series, and films. Numerous media projects had success on account of Pablo’s life, and although often labeled as fiction, all are based on real life. Some of the books that became bestsellers include “Escobar” (2010), written by his brother, Roberto Escobar, then “Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw” in 2001, by Mark Bowden, “Pablo Escobar: My Father” in 2016, and “Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar”, written by Virginia Vallejo in 2017, who was his mistress from 1983 to 1987.
Films that speak of Pablo’s life include “Escobar: Paradise Lost”, released in 2014, then “Loving Pablo”, which was based on the book by Virginia Vallejo released in 2017. Furthermore, a television series produced by Netflix, entitled “Narcos” tells the story of Pablo’s life and criminal activities. The series launched in 2015 and recently finished airing its third season. In the series, Pablo is portrayed by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura.
Pablo Escobar Wealth
At his prime, this drug lord was a billionaire; with $70 million worth of cocaine smuggled to the US daily, so Pablo’s wealth was increasing at a fast pace. In addition to an island bought in the Bahamas, he bought numerous lavish properties, including the most prominent one Hacienda Nápoles, which had a complete zoo in its border, holding elephants, hippopotamuses, giraffes and exotic birds. He owned a 6500 square foot, waterfront mansion situated in Miami Beach, Florida, and was also the owner of a massive Caribbean getaway on Isla Grande, which over the years has degenerated and is now inhabited with wild animals. However, when it was operational, it contained a mansion, secured by reinforced windows, a large swimming pool, helicopter landing pad, among other things needed for life. His house in the city of Medellin will be torn down in early 2019. The government is still to decide how it will decorate the free space after its demolition.