The beautiful lady Maria Victoria Henao is famous to the world as the widow of drug terrorist Pablo Escobar. While she fell in love and married Pablo, she had a mix of fortune in her marriage. She lived a luxurious life with the riches of her husband but suffered infidelity for some period in her marriage. On December 2, 1993, Pablo was shot dead by Colombian government at the age of 44 leaving his wife and kids to fear of enemies. In this article, we will bring everything you need to know about Pablo Escobar wife and Kids. What happened to them? Where are they now? Get answers below.
Maria Victoria Henao Vallejo
Date of birth
Place of birth
Palmira, Valle del Cauca, Colombia
High school diploma (presumed)
5 ft 6 in (168 cm)
174 lbs (79 kg)
Pablo Escobar (m. 1976– 1993)
Juan Pablo Escobar (son), Manuela Escobar (daughter)
Carlos Mario Henao Vallejo, Pastora Henao Bayen
Carlos Henao Vallejo and Leonor Zuleta
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina (since 2010)
Mrs. Escobar: My Life with Pablo (2019)
Accused of money laundering and drug trafficking, arrested in 1999 and 2000, released due to lack of evidence, lived under various aliases and in hiding for years, sued by the families of Pablo Escobar’s victims for the rights to his estate.
Met Pablo Escobar when she was 13 and he was 24, married him when she was 15 and he was 26, stayed loyal to him despite his numerous affairs and crimes, witnessed his death on a rooftop in Medellín.
Maria Victoria Henao wiki-bio facts
Maria Victoria Henao was born in 1961 in Palmira Valle del Cauca, Colombia to her parents Carlos Henao Vallejo and Leonor Zuleta. She has two brothers Carlos Mario Henao Vallejo and Pastora Henao Bayen. Her older brother Carlos was a close friend also worked with Pablo Escobar who was smuggling in small-scale while building a network in the drug world. Maria met her husband, Pablo at the teenage years of 13 through her brother’s connection and soon had an affair with him. Henao’s family initially didn’t approve of the relationship because Pablo was from inferior family and the huge age difference between them. The lovebirds were insistent on carrying on their relationship eventually got permission from her parents. After two long years of the love affair, they got married on March 29,1976, while Maria was 15 and Pablo a 26 years old.
Caption: Pablo Escobar wife Maria Victoria Henao now
Married relationship with Pablo Escobar
Maria and Pablo got married in Palmira at Trinity Church with the same priest who baptized her. After the honeymoon, they returned Medellin. While Pablo smuggled drug Maria was utterly unknown to the fact. Pablo kept the truth by telling her he owns several businesses such as real estate and import/export of clothes. A year in marriage, she was pregnant with her son Juan Pablo that’s when she got the first glance of her husband trouble with the law. He got arrested for smuggling shipment of cocaine at Ecuador border. However, he kept the actual truth of arrest by telling lies. Only after the Pablo killed Colombian Justice Minister Rodrigo Lara Bonilla in 1984, she knew her husband was a narco-terrorist.
Pablo loved his family and wife, but he wasn’t always faithful to Maria. This drug lord had many affairs and mistresses. Most of his relationships were one night stands, or short-lived but he had a serious relationship with Colombian journalist, Virginia Vallejo from 1982 to 1987. While Maria had Pablo Escobar’s billions of worth riches to live a luxury life she suffered depression and absence of her husband. It is obvious Maria didn’t have a perfect marriage, but in an interview, she described the dark period as short-lived for the dimension of her life and explains she met a man who loved his family.
Pablo Escobar ran the drug group Medline cartel during 70’s and 80’s. It was responsible for supplying more than 80% of drugs all around the world. During their existence, Pablo had publicly declared war against the Colombian government as he became most wanted drug terrorist in history. While on the run hiding from authorities Pablo tried to relocate his family to safe places fearing Enemies. On December 2, 1993, Pablo was tracked down and shot dead as he attempted to flee from rooftops in Medellín.
What happened to Pablo Escobar wife and kids after he was shot dead?
Maria Victoria Henao had a son Juan Pablo Escobar, and a daughter, Manuela Escobar from her marriage with Pablo. After the death, the family couldn’t use his fortune as the government placed the property under review. They lived in fear of Enemies seeking revenge on Escobar. Amid the anguish, the family tried to flee Colombia, but no country allowed entry let alone stay. 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.”
Maria Victoria Henao Kids Manuela Escobar(L), Sebastián Marroquín(R)
A year after the death they got the opportunity to live in Mozambique, an African country. The family remained in Mozambique for two weeks then left searching for a new place. On December 24, 1994, they arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentine as the tourist. 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. Maria and her son got arrested for false document and money laundering in 1999; she served jail time for one and half years while her son also spent some months. Being a minor Manuela was not arrested. Due to insufficient evidence later the family was cleared of charges. Maria Victoria Henao and her children have embraced the life in Argentina and live there. Maria obtained Argentine citizenship on December 3, 2010, and she even voted. She has publicly expressed being grateful for living in Argentina “If we had not left Colombia, and we’d all be dead. We are very grateful to Argentina. When we got here, no country wanted us to receive.” Maria and her kids live in Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina now.
Maria Victoria Henao Net Worth
As for profession, Maria is a designer and businesswomen who has invested her significant sum in real estate in Argentina. The government placed Pablo’s property under evaluation after his death. Also, the detail of money and property inherited by his wife is kept a secret. So it is not know how much is her net worth. As for her husband 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 $1B. 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.