Joaquin Guzman Loera, the Mexican drug lord leading the Sinaloa Cartel, is one of the most wanted men in the world.
Ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the most powerful people in the world with an estimated $1 billion net worth and called the “biggest drug lord of all time,” he is known to many simply as El Chapo. He has eluded law enforcement since 2001 when he escaped from a Mexican prison in a laundry truck and officials issued a $7 million bounty on his head.
Professionally, he coordinates the distribution of cocaine, methamphetamines, marijuana and heroin across Mexico and the United States. A recent post published in Univision Noticias shows his personal life as full of romantic entanglements and turmoil. Here we examine El Chapo and his women.
El Chapo’s wives
El Chapo is known to have had a total of four wives.
His first wife was Alejandrina Maria, second was Estela Pena, third was Griselda Guadalupe Lopez and fourth was Ema Coronel Aispuro. Pena has spoken about their courtship, describing her multiple refusals, a scattering of flowers from a plane above her home and a kidnapping during which Guzman took her to a fancy hotel in Puerto Vallarta where, despite her alleged protests, he made her his.
Three months later, they were married. El Chapo is known to woo women with parties, diamonds and other gifts. If that doesn’t work, he’s known to employ force, violence and incredible manipulation to get what he wants.
The ill fate of Guzman’s women
Those who know the man say that he cannot live without the affection of a woman and will stop at nothing to get a girl on his arm. Alejandro Almazan, award-winning journalist from Mexico who investigated the life of El Chapo said, “He has this need to be falling in love with women.” Sources close to the drug lord have said that he’ll stop at nothing to get and keep the woman he wants, whether she wants to be his or not.
Anabel Hernandez is the author of “Guzman, the Lords of the Narco.” She recounts a story in which El Chapo, when serving time in Puente Grande prison, was rejected by a female inmate. Upon her refusal to become romantically or physically involved with him, she was violently raped by not only El Chapo but his cellmates as well.
While in the Puente Grande prison, a young woman named Zulema Hernandez fell in love with Guzman. She became pregnant and is reported to have had a miscarriage. Her mother recently spoke out and said that she really thought that Guzman loved her and that they were a couple destined to be together. Zulema was killed allegedly by Guzman’s enemies.
Sources say that romance and the thrill of the chase is so important to Guzman that he sometimes endangers himself in the pursuit of a woman.
In March of 2012, it is rumored that El Chapo was scheduled to meet a prostitute in Baja, California. The Mexican authorities had heard about the prearranged encounter and were waiting for Guzman there. He wasn’t caught and the police reported that he had cancelled the meeting because he heard the prostitute was menstruating.
Guzman’s staff are routinely spotted picking up prostitutes on their boss’ behalf, taking them via airplane to wherever El Chapo beckons. This behavior continues whether Guzman is married or not and there are no reports of him ever having been faithful to any of his wives.
El Chapo today
El Chapo has more women to worry about now. In late 2011, his fourth wife Ema Coronel, a former beauty queen, gave birth to twins. His now 2-year-old children, Juaquina and Emaly Guadalupe, were born in a hospital in Los Angeles County but were transported to Mexico by their mother shortly after their birth.
It’s hard to say if being a father of two little girls has had any impact on Mexico’s most wanted man. Wanted for drug trafficking, murder, money laundering and more, we doubt the 56-year-old kingpin is much affected, but we wonder what’s in store for the man who sometimes seems unable to survive without a woman by his side.