Maria Victoria Henao as most of us know is the wife of the notorious drug overlord Pablo Escobar. Originally a Columbian, Maria has been living out of the country following Pablo’s death in 1993.
Maria Victoria Henao short bio: Age and early life details
There has not been much disclosure about Maria’s early life, but it is known that she was young (only 11 years old) when she began dating Pablo. She had met him via her elder brother who used to work with him in small-scale criminal enterprises.
Henao’s family was against their relationship in the beginning because Escobar was socially inferior to them. However, they didn’t end their relationship and finally got married. Henao was 13 and Escobar was 26 years old when they got married.
Maria Victoria Henao had two children from husband, Pablo Escobar
Maria lived an extravagant life when she was married to Pablo. He was counted among the richest people in the world with his control over 80% of cocaine smuggled into the U.S.A. In fact, he was ranked the seventh wealthiest man by Forbes in 1990. He had a net worth of over $30 billion at that time.
Although Pablo had many affairs, she was the only was married to him. She is also the only one who has given birth to Pablo’s children.
The couple had two children – a son and a daughter. Their first child, son Juan Pablo Escobar Henao was born on February 24, 1977, in Medellin, Columbia while their daughter, Manuela Escobar, was born in 1984 in Brownsville, Cameron County.
Pablo was very close to his children, especially to Manuela, whom he had raised like a princess. He would do anything for his daughter. While they were hiding in Medellin Mountainside, he once burned about dollar bills of 2 million to keep his sick daughter warm as they couldn’t go to the hospital.
However, not everything he did for his children was heartwarming. He once arranged for a cone to be stapled to a horse’s head as his princess wanted a unicorn for her birthday. He also arranged for the abortion of his baby with another mistress as he had promised his daughter Manuela that she would be the last of his line.
The family’s dream life came to an end after Pablo was shot dead in an encounter.
Maria Victoria Henao and her children’s life after Pablo’s death
Pablo was killed by the Columbian national police in his hometown on December 2, 1933. However, there are claims that he suicided. Maria, along with the children fled from Columbia, after his death and all of his property was seized by the government.
The family went to various countries like Ecuador, Brazil, Mozambique, South Africa, and Peru, before finally settling in Argentina. They lived a low-key life and even changed their names to escape the police and Pablo’s enemies.
Maria changed her name to Maria Isabel Santos Caballero, and her children changed their names to Sebastian Marroquin and Juana Manuela Marroquin Santos. Despite their efforts, Maria and her son were caught in 2000 and were imprisoned for about 15 months.
There aren’t any recent updates about Maria since she is still living low-key.