Maria Victoria Henao is a lesser known of the most famous drug lord in the world, Pablo Escobar. She always supported her husband despite his various extramarital affairs and his criminal records throughout his life. Although, the loss of Pablo Escobar brought a lot of troubles for Henao. In this post, we will discuss what happened to Maria Henao after the death of Escobar. Let’s dig into it.
Relationship of Maria Henao and Pablo Escobar
They got hitched after two years dating despite Maria’s disapproval in 1976. When she tied the knot with Pablo Escobar she was just 15 years old and Escobar was 26 years of age. The duo met first time through the brother of Maria as he was the close friend of Pablo and used to work with him in his small-scale drug enterprises. Their relationship lasted for 17 years since Pablo shot dead in 1993.
Pablo Escobar’s death
Escobar is widely known as drug lord and king of cocaine. He also offered to pay a Colombia’s national debt of US$ 10 billion as his net worth was $3o million at his peak time in the 80s. He was shot dead in Medellin Colombia in 1993. But some people deemed that it was suicide. But the sources claimed that he was shotgunned in an encounter by the Colombian Police forces.
Maria Henao’s lifestyle changed
It has been rumored that Maria Victoria Henao was dependant on the Pablo as she didn’t pursue her career. However, she lived an extravagant life and she visited most of the countries around the world. Her whopping net worth was probably the reason behind her silence about Pablo’s criminal activities and his extramarital affairs for all those years.
After the demise of Pablo Escobar in 1993, Henao fled from her home country Colombia with her two kids in 1994. The drug’s money of Pablo was seized by the Colombian government. Most of the countries were not ready to give the shelter that led her to live refugee life in different countries for some time. Eventually, she settled with her kids in Argentina as she changed her identity to elude the local police. She changed her name and started a low profile life in her apartment in Buenos Aires along with her son and daughter.
Her son Juan Escobar also changed his name and now he is known as Sebastian Marroquin who is an author, lecturer, and architect. He also wrote a book on his early life with his father Pablo Escobar. Although, her identity couldn’t remain hidden and Argentinian authorities knew the truth in the year 1999. The following year, she was charged with drug trafficking and money laundering along with her son. The mother-son duo was imprisoned for about 18 months but later both were released due to lack of evidence against them.
Current lifestyle of Maria Henao
After immense troubles in her life, Maria is living a quiet life in Argentina and maintains a low profile lifestyle. She is now 57 years old and running her own real estate business in Argentina. She is not active on social media, unlike her son who is active in media.
Netflix features the life of Pablo Escobar and his wife Maria Victoria Henao in the series named Narcos which got the utmost popularity. This series has gained public interest about the widowed wife of Pablo Escobar and his children.