Manuela Escobar Biography

Meet Manuela Escobar, the daughter of the infamous Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Her life has been nothing short of extraordinary, filled with unimaginable experiences. As the apple of her father’s eye, she enjoyed a life of luxury and indulgence. However, everything changed when her father was tragically killed, forcing her and her family to flee their homeland. Now known as Juana Manuela Marroquin Santos, she has chosen to live a quiet and private life away from the spotlight.

Quick Facts

  • Age: 39 Years
  • Family: Father – Pablo Escobar, Mother – Maria Victoria Henao, Siblings – Sebastián Marroquín
  • Born Country: Panama
  • Occupation: Business Woman

Life As A Princess

Manuela Escobar was born on May 25, 1984, to Pablo Escobar and his wife, Maria Victoria Henao, as the younger of their two children. Her elder brother, Juan Pablo Escobar Henao, who grew up to be an architect and author, has also changed his name to Sebastián Marroquín. Unlike children of her age, Manuela led a rather different life that saw her getting homeschooled instead of attending a public school. Such step was taken to ensure her safety from her father’s foes. In fact, on January 13, 1988, she experienced an almost deaf situation when a murder attempt was made on her father that saw a car bomb explosion at their Monaco apartment building. Pablo apparently blamed Colombian drug trafficker, Hélmer Herrera, for such attack.

Life As A Princess Continued

Manuela Escobar lived like a princess when her father was alive. Pablo Escobar was a doting father who would pamper his children and literally go to any length to carry out their wishes. Once she wanted a unicorn as her birthday present. Although an impossible proposition, the loving father that Pablo was, he created a unicorn out of a horse for his daughter. A cow’s horn was stapled on the forehead of the horse and wings were attached to its back. The horse, however, succumbed to infection in this process. It was also speculated that while hiding with his family in the Medellin mountainside, Manuela’s father burned stacks of dollar bills worth around $2.0 million to protect her from hypothermia. According to sources, when the darling daughter enquired about the value of a billion dollars the doting father said “the value of your eyes, my princess”. Sources also reveal that her father once gave her word that she will be the last of his line. Pablo loved his daughter so much that he kept his words by making one of his mistresses abort her baby.

Manuela Escobar’s Life After Pablo Escobar’s Death

Manuela Escobar’s life took a different turn when Pablo Escobar was shot dead in a shootout by the Colombian National Police on December 2, 1993. She had to leave behind all the opulence of her life and flee from Colombia in 1995 with her mother, Maria Victoria Henao presently known as María Isabel Santos Caballero, and brother, Juan. In pursuit of escaping from reprisals of her father’s enemies, the family first fled to Mozambique and thereafter to Brazil. Moving from country to country seeking asylum, the family arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on tourist visas and finally settled there as citizens in exile from Colombia.

Manuela Escobar started her new life as Juana Manuela Marroquin Santos in Argentina with her mother and brother who also adopted new names. The little girl was so attached with her father that she would sleep with the shirt Pablo wore on his last day. She also used to keep a piece of beard from Pablo under her pillow. In Argentina she started going to school with her brother while her mother gradually became a successful real estate entrepreneur. However, as things started to normalise, one of her mother’s business associates discovered her mother’s real identity following which Henao absconded with her earnings. Henao was tracked down, incarcerated for one and a half year while her funds were investigated. As the authorities couldn’t find any association of her finances with any illegal activity, Henao was released. However, this incident and revelation of identity of her family affected the life of Manuela Escobar once again who rolled herself back to the four walls of her home and refused to go back to school. She was thereafter given private classes at home.

Where Is Manuela Escobar Now?

Not much is known about Manuela Escobar’s present life as it seems that she has chosen to stay away from the spotlight. Although the years that followed saw her mother and brother speaking to the media several times. Her brother, Sebastián Marroquín, also published a book, Pablo Escobar: My Father, in 2014 under the name Juan Pablo Escobar, but Manuela has maintained a long silence. She is also not active on social media and seems to be content living a quiet life with her new identity away from the dark shadows of her past.

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