Sebastian Marroquin is an author and Colombian architect by profession. But, Marroquin rose to the media limelight as the eldest son of late Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. Pablo was the founder and leader of Medellin Cartel, an illegal organization that was involved in smuggling drug trafficking, kidnapping, extortion, and many more. The organization actively operated from 1972 to 1993. Sebastian’s dad Pablo considered the greatest drug dealer in history. On average, it is believed that the late drug tycoon used to make $60 million daily as a profit.
Well, you know who Sebastian Marroquin’s father is, but what bout her mother? Does Sebastian also have siblings? Besides, what about his own love life? Is the author married to anyone in 2022? Apart from that, the Escober family had to face lots of trouble after Pablo’s death. Sources say, they already left Columbia. So, where Sebastian is now?
Let’s take a closer look into Pablo Escobar’s son Sebastian Marroquin including how his life changed from living a lavish life to living like a refugee, his book, and several more!
What is Sebastian Marroquin’s Real Name? Early Life And Birth Details
His birth name is Juan Pablo Escobar Henao. Following his father’s demise, the star kid had to change his name for a new identity and adopted “Sebastián Marroquín” as his new name from the telephone book. Sebastian Marroquin was born on February 24th, 1977 in Medellin, Antioquia, Colombia. As of 2022, Pablo Escobar’s son is 45 years old.
He is the eldest son of Pablo and his wife Maria Victoria Henao. He also has a younger sibling named Manuela Escobar who was born on May 25th, 1984. Talking about his ethnicity, Marroquin belongs to the Colombian ethnicity and holds Colombian-Argentine citizenship. Many might not know but Sebastian is a graduate student with a degree in architecture from the Universidad of Palermo.
On the other hand, his father was among the seven children of Abel de Jesus Dari Escobar and Hermilda de Los Dolores Berrio and was born and raised in Medellin.
Who is Sebastian Marroquin’s Biological Mother?
Marroquin’s mother is Maria Isabel Santos who was born Maria Victoria Henao Vallejo, in 1961 in Colombia. Victoria Henao was only 13 years old when the girl first met Pablo Escobar in her hometown of Envigado, Colombia.
She tied the knot with him in 1976 at the age of 15. At that time, Maria Isabel Santos had no idea that his husband would turn into such a violent man and soon Santos became known to Pablo Escobar’s terrifying world of violence and fear.
She later became the mother of two kids with her late husband. Following her hubby’s demise, Maria also wrote a book named “Pablo and Me: My Life with Escobar” describing her life before and after Pablo’s death. The book also revealed several shocking facts regarding Pablo’s empire and also her struggle to survive as a refugee.
Father Pablo Escobar’s Death
Since Escobar founded the Medellín Cartel, the dealer was the main target of the Columbian police force but was able to escape several times. And, Escobar was captured to death on 2nd December 1993 while in a house in a middle-class residential area of Medellin by Colombian special forces. They tracked him down by using technology provided by the US. He was shot while trying to escape from the roof.
Where is Sebastian Marroquin Now? His Life After His Father’s Demise
Before the death of his father, Sebastian was luxuriously living his life. However, the time changed back in 1993, when the Colombian Army killed Pablo. Later on, Marroquin had to travel from one place to another several times along with his sister and mother. Pablo Escobar’s family moved to Brazil and then South Africa and Peru.
At present, Sebastian and his family reside in Argentina with new names.
Sebastian Marroquin And His Mother Were Arrested
It was going well after Pablo’s family left Colombia and were living their life in Argentina with a new name and identity. However, back in 1999, one of Maria Isabel Santos’s associates found out that they are related to a drug dealer, Pablo Escobar. After they were identified as the wife and son of a Colombian drug lord, they ran away.
However, a year later in 2000, Sebastian and his mother were tracked down and both were sentenced to prison for one and a half years. As per Buenos Aires’ authorities, they were arrested on the charge of laundering drug money and falsifying documents. Due to lack of evidence, both mother and son were released from prison and the charges against them were dismantled.
Sebastian Marroquin Is Also An Author: His Book
Pablo Escobar’s son Sebastian Marroquin is an author and his first book Sins of My Father was published in 2009. The book tells the story of the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar from the inside perspective of his son. Sebastian also apologized to the victims of his father’s crime and published the book under the name Sebastian Marroquin.
Furthermore, in 2014, the author published another book “Pablo Escobar: My Father Which Art in Heaven.” This is the first book that Sebastian published under his real name Juan Pablo Escobar and the book also became a best seller in Latin America.
Back in 2017, Marroquin won the Golden Book Award for “Pablo Escobar in Fraganti” in the category of international author.
Besides, in 2015, Sebastian shared his opinion over the Netflix original series, Narcos which is based on the life of Pablo Escobar and said,
Nothing has changed except the names. Now there’s even more drug trafficking and corruption.
Marroquin Describes His Father As Bandit
Well, undoubtedly, growing up as the son of Pablo Escobar is both a boon and bane. Sebastian describes his life as both being privileged as well as a curse, as the kid had everything that other people dreamed of while his dad was alive and had to suffer a lot after Pablo’s passing. In an Interview with Skavlan, Sebastian recalled his childhood and said,
I grew up living a life full of money, full of power. My father at the time was perhaps one of the richest men in Colombia. I realized very early that he was a bandit because he told me when I was seven years old.So you can imagine, being a child, perhaps you know the meaning of the word bandit. But you don’t realize how huge the organization was that my father was in charge of.
Is Sebastian Marroquin Married? Who Is His Wife?
Well, apart from his life as the son of drug lord Escober, let’s also talk about who is Sebastian’s wife. When did the couple get married? And various queries related to his love life.
Many might be unaware, but Pablo Escobar’s son is a married man. In 2003, Sebastian Marroquin tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend, Maria Angeles Sarmiento. He met his future wife back in 1990. At that time, Marroquin was 13 years old and his future-wife Maria was 18 years old.
Maria’s love for Sebastián remained unconditional despite all the drama and risk to their lives. Currently, the beautiful duo lives in Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires. The pair together also shared a son, Juan Emilion Escobar.
How Rich Is Sebastian Marroquin?
Undoubtedly, being the son of a late richest drug dealer, Sebastian had lived his life lavishly. As of 2022, it is estimated that Marroquin has a net worth of $120 million. He has earned it from writing books and from his architecture profession.
On the other hand, Sebastian’s father Pablo Escobar was considered as world’s richest man in the 80s and 90s as per Forbes. He had an estimated net worth of $75 billion at the time of his demise.