Who is Emma Coronel Aispuro? Wife of on-trial Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman and former beauty queen


EMMA Coronel Aispuro is the wife of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman – but how did she meet him?

Here’s our lowdown on the American-born beauty queen who went on to marry one of the world’s most notorious drug lords.

 Emma Coronel, Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman's wife in a picture from 2014
Emma Coronel, Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman’s wife in a picture from 2014

Who is Emma Coronel Aispuro?

Emma Coronel Aispuro married Mexican drug baron Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in 2007.

She was born on July 3, 1989, in California, US, is believed to have got married on her 18th birthday.

Emma is a former beauty queen who often shares pictures of herself online.

She is a Mexican-American, the daughter of Inés Coronel Barreras, a cattle rancher, and Blanca Estela Aispuro Aispuro.

Her rancher father is said to have cultivated marijuana and opium poppies and her uncle is slain drug kingpin Igancio “Nacho” Coronel, an important member of the Sinaloa Cartel and one of El Chapo’s most trusted men.

 Mexican-American beauty queen saw her drug lord husband Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman at court

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Mexican-American beauty queen saw her drug lord husband Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman at court

How did she meet El Chapo?

El Chapo is said to have fallen in love with Emma Coronel when he saw her at a beauty pageant in the Mexican state of Durango in 2007.

She was competing in the local Coffee and Guava Festival in 2007, when she was just 17 and El Chapo exerted his influence to ensure the girl won.

El Chapo, 47 at the time, wooed the young Coronel, who eventually married him on her 18th birthday.

In an interview with the LA Times she said: “I would say what won me over was his way of talking, how he treated me, the way we began to get along – first as friends and from that came everything else.

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“He tends to win over people by his manner of being, of acting, the way he treats people in general.”

Who is her husband El Chapo?

Joaquin Guzman is a Mexican drug kingpin known as El Chapo – which means “shorty” in English – due to his short stature.

He is accused of running a drug empire that matched Pablo Escobar’s.

He was arrested in Mexico on February 22, 2014, but escaped from prison on July 11, 2015.

He was caught early in 2016 and was extradited to the US in January 2017.

His trial began in New York on November 5, 2018.

He is accused of running the world’s biggest drug cartel and spending 25 years smuggling over 155 tons of cocaine into the US.

Emma has attended almost all of her husband’s pre-trial hearings to wave and blow kisses to him, as she has not been allowed to visit him in jail.

On February 12, 2019 the drug lord was jailed for life as jurors found him guilty of all the counts against him.

He will be sentenced on June 25.

Emma reportedly burst into tears in court as the verdict was read.

After the jury left the room, El Chapo and Emma put their hands to their hearts and gave each other the thumbs up sign.

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Do they have any children?

Coronel gave birth to twin girls in 2011, when she was 23.

Their father’s name was left blank on the birth certificate because there was a $5million bounty on his head at the time.

The children were born in LA and are American citizens.

When was Narcos season 4 being aired?

The fourth season of the hit Netflix show was released on the streaming service on November 16.

In the latest series, the show explored the modern drug wars in Mexico in which El Chapo was a key figure.

Mexican actor Alejandro Edda played the gang boss in the show alongside stars Michael Pena and Diego Luna.


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