You might not immediately be familiar with the name Sebastian Marroquin, but there is every chance that you have heard about his father – Pablo Escobar. Despite his father’s infamy, Sebastian has managed to make a name for himself as an architect and engineer; a change of name definitely helped make this possible.
Since his father’s demise, Sebastian and his family have travelled around trying to find a new home for themselves. This is completely understandable since having the last name ‘Escobar’ can put a target on his back. Sebastian Marroquin has now settled down in Argentina where he is building a life for himself.
Sebastian Marroquin Biography
Though he is now known as Sebastian Marroquin, his birth name is actually Juan Pablo Escobar Henao. He was born on the 24th of February, 1977 in Medellín, Colombia to Pablo Escobar and Maria Victoria Henao. His mother, Maria, was only sixteen when he was born. He also has a younger sister, Manuela.
Though his father was a notorious drug dealer, Pablo Escobar warned his son against using drugs. Sebastian grew up in wealth, he and his family lived a lavish lifestyle – thanks to his father’s choice of occupation. However, after his father was killed by the police, their assets were seized, rendering his family broke.
His mother fled with Sebastian and his sister to Mozambique. Shortly after, they travelled to Argentina on Tourist Visas before settling down there and becoming citizens. It was then that he changed his name from Juan Pablo Escobar Henao to Sebastian Marroquin believing he had been cursed by a voodoo priest he met in Mozambique. He chose his new name from a phone book.
This bloke later attended a private technical school, earning a degree in industrial design. After that, he progressed to the University of Palermo where he studied Architecture.
Net Worth – How Rich Is He?
Sebastian has found moderate success as an architect and the author of the 2014 book Pablo Escobar: My Father which he wrote under his birth name, Juan Pablo Escobar. Despite this, his exact net worth is not known to the public. However, at the time of his father’s death, Pablo Escobar’s net worth was estimated to be a whopping $30 Billion, making him one of the richest men in the world.
After Pablo’s death, his assets were seized and the family was not privy to any of it, leaving them to start all over from scratch.
His Sister – Manuela Escobar
Sebastian has a younger sister, Manuela Escobar, who was born on the 25th of May 1984. Rumour has it that Manuela was the apple of her father’s eye, that the drug lord would go to any length to make sure she was happy. Even, he allegedly burned $2 million to keep her warm.
Like her brother, she has worked hard to distance herself from her father’s legacy and has adopted a new identity. She presently lives in North Carolina in the United States, where she works as an Electrical Engineer.
Sebastián Marroquín’s Family Facts
1. Sebastian Has Tried Profiting Off His Father’s Name
Though he is eager to distance himself from his father’s violent legacy, this hasn’t stopped Sebastian from still trying to profit off his father’s name.
Sebastian has tried multiple times to register his father’s name as a brand but has been unsuccessful in every attempt. He was also involved with the family textile business which sold clothes with his father’s name and likeness to earn extra money.
2. Many Thought Sebastian Would Take Over His Father’s Criminal Empire
Though Sebastian Marroquin was only 16 when his father was killed, many expected that he would take over his father’s drug business, especially after he promised to avenge his father’s death.
However, he instead distanced himself from his father’s legacy and the drug business. He has also admitted that the threat he made about avenging his father’s death was a mistake.
3. He Has Apologised To His Father’s Victims
Sebastian Marroquin was featured in an Argentine documentary, Sins Of My Father, which showed him meeting with the families and relatives of his father’s victims who were assassinated and apologizing to them. Without a doubt, that must have been a heavy cross to bear.
4. Making Amends
Sebastian has an organic clothing line called ‘Escobar Henao’. He has said that he intends to donate the profits to Colombian Charities as well as using the profits to help his father’s victims.
5. The Death of His Father
His father, the infamous Pablo Escobar, died on the 2nd of December, 1993 – a day after his 44th birthday. The police were able to locate Pablo after he made a call to his son. They were able to track his telephone usage to his location where he was seen through an open window, talking on the phone.
Though Pablo attempted to escape by running to the roof, he was shot by the police during a shootout. However, there are many who believe that Pablo actually killed himself instead, as he had always said that if he were ever cornered by the police, he would be the one to take his life.