Having born to the narco-terrorist Pablo Escobar, life didn’t come easy for Manuela Escobar. Her father ran Medline Cartel during 70’s, and 80’s and earned the billions of fortune from the drug smuggling while also made in Forbes top 100 wealthiest people list from 1987 to 1993, seven consecutive years. With his riches and unconditional love, he kept Manuela as a princess. However, in fear of rival Pablo couldn’t afford her a normal life. She was homeschooled and even lived in bunkers while he was on the run from rivals and authorities. The child grew up knowing her father as a hero was left broken when Pablo was killed in an encounter with police in Medline, Colombia in 1993. So what happened to Manuela? Is she dead? Where is she now? Get answers below in this wiki like a biography.
Manuela Escobar wiki-bio, family
Born on 25 May 1984 in Colombia, Manuela Escobar is the daughter of Pablo Escobar and Maria Victoria Henao. She has an elder brother Juan Pablo Escobar who goes by name Sebastián Marroquín now. While growing up in Colombia, Manuela didn’t get chance to attend school. Her father arranged tutors at home even when the family was on the run for safety reasons she had teachers around.
Manuela loved singing from an early age, pampered by the love of her father she thought herself of a princess. At one birthday she asked for a Unicorn since her billionaire father couldn’t bring, he made one. His deadliest hitman Popeye took a beautiful horse from his farm and hit a cow ‘s horn on the forehead, the animal suffered infection and died days later.
Caption: Maria Victoria Henao with her parents
Despite Pablo’s best effort to keep her daughter away from danger, Manuela faced life threating situation at the age of three. The car exploded at her father’s apartment on January 13, 1988, was meant to kill Escobar but nearly left her deaf. According to her brother Sebastian Marroquín, when the family was on the run hiding in the Medellin mountainside, Manuela got sick in need of warmth, to escape hypothermia Pablo burnt the $2M stack of cash. While Pablo loved his family, his deed eventually became the wrath of the family. The location Pablo was hiding was tracked when having a phone conversation with his son, Sebastian. He was shot dead by Colombian authorities forces on December 2, 1993, in Madelin, Colombia.
What happened to Manuela after her father got killed? Where is she now?
Nine years of Manuela suffered the loss of her father until then she was raised as a princess. Pablo’s death made the family vulnerable to enemy cause. Looking for asylum Manuela, her mother and brother tried to take refuge, on denial from entering America and Germany they returned to Colombia. It is said she slept with the shirt of Escobar the day he was killed and mustache under her pillow. Colombian government provided them a new identity in November of 1994. According to documents Maria had the name “Maria Isabel Santos Caballero,” her son Juan Pablo Escobar name was changed to “Juan Sebastián Marroquín Santos” and her daughter Manuela Escobar to “Juana Manuela Marroquin Santos.” The family got the opportunity to live in Mozambique, an African country. After staying there for less than two weeks, they left searching for a new place. On December 24, 1994, they arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentine as the tourist.
Caption: Manuel Escobar, the daughter of Pablo Escobar in 2017
The family lived a regular life while Maria performed designing works and her children attended the school like usual kids. They lived an entirely unrecognized life until the Argentine government revealed their identity. Her mother Henao and brother Sebastian got arrested for false document and money laundering in 1999. While they served jail time being a minor Manuela was not arrested. Due to insufficient evidence later the family was cleared of charges. The family have embraced the life in Argentina and live now in the city of Buenos Aires, Palermo.
After the government revealed their true identity, Manuela was hard hit by the situation. She refused attending public school so tutored at home. She went through deep depression. When mother and son regained freedom, they arranged her Psychological treatment. While she went through one after another psychologist at one point, she tried to take her own life. Unlike her mother and brother, she hasn’t talked to press or gave an interview about her father.
Manuela Escobar Net Worth
While detail about her profession is not known, her mother Maria is a designer and businesswomen who has invested her significant sum in real estate in Argentina. Her brother, Sebastian is an architect and author. The government placed Pablo’s property under evaluation after he was shot died by authority. Also, the detail of money and property inherited by Manuela is kept a secret. So it is not know how much is her net worth.
As for her father, he had Billions of riches when he was alive. From 1981 to 1986 Madeline cartel had at least of $7 billion in profit. Pablo Escobar had the most significant share estimated at 40% of drug money. In 1987, Forbes listed Pablo Escobar in the 100 worlds richest person with over $2 Billion of net worth. He made seven consecutive lists of Forbes richest person till 1993. At the time his net worth was estimated over $1M. The Billionaire tag didn’t come without a price to the family. While several relatives were kidnapped and blackmailed, his son who goes by Sebastián Marroquín now, claims to escape least of 10 attempts. His son also claims the net worth published by Forbes was highly estimated than the actual value. He said when Pablo died he didn’t have even 2% of what Forbes ever made up about his wealth.