Maria Victoria Henao is the widower of the notorious Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar who was in a marriage with him for seventeen long years. Pablo was shot dead by the police in the year 1993 after which Maria had to live life as a refugee.
Maria, age 57, had two children with Escobar. Let’s find out about the interesting life of Pablo’s wife Maria, her net worth and career.
Caption: Screenshot of Mario Victoria Henao
Maria Victoria Henao: early life, career, and nationality
Henao was born in 1961 in Colombia which makes her nationality a Colombian. Maria was born to parents Carlos Henao Vallejo and his wife Leonor Zuleta. Similarly, she also has an older brother who worked with Pablo during his initial days of drug dealing. Maria’s brother was the one to introduce her to Pablo. She met Pablo for the very first time while she was only 13 years old.
Maria Victoria Henao: husband and personal life
Maria’s elder brother who worked with Pablo in a small scale illegal enterprise was the reason as to how she met her future husband. Maria was only 13 when she first met Pablo while he was 24 years of age. Eventually, they fell in love and had an affair which was unknown to Maria’s family. As a matter of fact, the couple decided to marry.
Caption: Maria with her late husband Pablo Escobar
Due to Pablo’s low social status, Maria’s family was against the marriage of the two. So, against the will of her family, she eloped with Escobar and married in the year 1976. Later in the year 1977, she gave birth to their first child Juan Pablo Escobar on 24 February. Similarly, their second child, a daughter Manuela Escobar, was born in the year 1984. Despite his marriage to Maria, Pablo had many affairs and mistresses all through the marriage. Maria knew of all the affairs and her husband’s infidelities but still chose to stay with him. Among her husband’s affairs, the most popular and documented one was with Virginia Vallejo, a journalist. Later, she also went on to write about her relationship with Pablo in her book, Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar.
Caption: Escobar and his family
She was with Pablo throughout the time until he was shot dead by the police in 1993. After which all the assets and property of the Escobars were seized and eventually Maria had to flee to Columbia as the local police were after her. She had to constantly be on the run and even change her and their children’s name to be safe. In the year 2000, she was under arrest and charged with several criminal charges. However, all of those charges couldn’t be proved against her so she was released.
Maria Victoria Henao: net worth
The wife of the infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar, Maria Victoria Henao might have lived a life that is beyond ordinary but she had to go through plenty of ups and downs all through her life. The life of Pablo Escobar also became a popular series, “Narcos”, where Paulina Gaitan played the role of Maria. Pablo Escobar had a net worth of a whopping $2 billion, at that point in time which would worth even more at present.
Maria Victoria at present lives in Argentina along with her children maintaining a low key life as much as possible.