Marilisa Maronesse: Chayanne’s Wife, Who Competed in Miss Venezuela, Together for Over 30 Years After Love at First Sight

In Hollywood, relationships fizzle out faster than a matchstick. Studies show that celebrities have a divorce rate of around 40% within ten years—10% more than regular marriages in the US.

Puerto Rican star Chayanne and his wife, Marilisa Maronesse, defy this narrative. The couple has been together for more than 30 years and is vital to this day.

Despite having a superstar husband and children active on social media, Marilisa Maronesse keeps herself out of the limelight.

So, how much do you know about Marilisa Maronesse? Did you know that she’s a lawyer? What about the fact that her niece is the famous YouTuber Lele Pons? We’ll reveal all that and more in this article.

Who Is Marilisa Maronesse? 

Marilisa Maronesse

Marilisa Maronesse, full name Mariana Elizabeth Maronesse de Figueroa, is a Venezuelan lawyer, former model, and spouse of Puerto Rican singer and actor Chayanne.

Marilisa and Chayanne tied the knot in 1992 and have been together since.

They have two children, Lorenzo Valentino Figueroa and Isadora Sofia Figueroa, born on August 14, 1997, and December 11, 2000, respectively.

Her firstborn, Lorenzo Valentino, co-founded the Miami-inspired Streetwear brand Stamos Bien.

Her secondborn, Isadora Sofia, is a model and social media influencer with 500,000 followers on Instagram.

Early Life 

Marilisa Maronesse

Though primarily known as Chayanne’s wife, there’s more to Marilisa Maronesse than meets the eye.

Born in 1969 in Caracas, Venezuela, Marilisa had a comfortable upbringing.

From a young age, she showed a keen interest in modeling. She began participating in pageants and fashion shows at 12 and continued the hobby until her late teens.

In 1988, Marilisa competed in a Miss Venezuela pageant. She represented the state of Miranda, wowing the crowd with her poise, elegance, and intelligence. She stood at 5 feet 8 inches, with bright blue eyes, blonde hair, and intelligence matching her beauty.

Marilisa got into the finals but was ultimately beaten by Yajaira Vera. But though she didn’t win the competition, she won the heart of a bright-eyed young man admiring her on the stage.

This young man was Chayanne, a Puerto Rican singer invited to perform at the show.

Meeting Chayanne 

Meeting Chayanne 

Marilisa and Chayanne’s meeting was almost like a fairytale. Chayanne had been a rising young star, so Marilisa recognized him near-instantly. She was struck by his gorgeous smile, captivating voice, and mesmerizing stage presence.

Marilisa’s beauty and charm equally enchanted Chayanne, and she was surprised she didn’t win the competition. The duo spoke after the show and parted with smiles on their faces.

Chayanne later asked for Marilisa’s number through mutual acquaintances and asked her out on the date. The rest, as they say, was history.

After dating for four years, Chayanne asked Marilisa to marry her. They held the ceremony a few months later in private, attended by close friends and relatives.

The duo have been together ever since and are considered one of the entertainment industry’s most enduring couples. As of 2024, they’ve been a couple for 32 long years.

Education and Career 

Even before making it to the finalists of Miss Venezuela, Marilisa worked as a model. However, she knew that modeling wasn’t her natural calling.

She balanced her modeling career with her academic pursuits and completed her law degree at the University of Venezuela.

She modeled for a few more years after marrying Chayanne but ultimately decided to put her degree to use and practice law.

Private Life 

Private Life 

Despite being married to one of the world’s most popular Puerto Rican singers and having two children who are social media stars, Marilisa maintains a surprisingly private life.

Her life is so private that we don’t know if she dated anyone before meeting Chayanne.

She accompanies Chayanne at special events and parties, but other than that, she chooses to stay out of the limelight. While working as a lawyer, she does her best to support her husband and children.

Information about Marilisa’s parents is scarce, but we know she has an older sister named Anna Maronese.

Anna is eight years older than Marilisa, born on April 22, 1961. Like Marilisa, Anna attended the University of Venezuela, where she studied and graduated in medicine. She married Luis Pons, a renowned architect, and had a beautiful daughter named Lele Pons.

Lele Pons, Marilisa’s niece, is a famous social media star. She started her career on Vine, where she amassed an impressive 11.5 million followers before it was shut down.

Today, Lele Pons is a YouTuber, actress, and singer.  She currently has over 18 million subscribers on YouTube and 53 million followers on Instagram.

Marilisa is on good terms with her niece. They’d sometimes be seen together in family gatherings and special occasions.

Net Worth 

Net Worth 

Since she keeps her life private, we don’t know much about Marilisa’s net worth.

Some sources state that her net worth is approximately $1 million, thanks in part to her career as a model and profession as a lawyer.

Her husband, Chayanne, is one of the wealthiest celebrities in the music industry. He has a net worth of $40 million, which he shares with his wife and children.

The duo has numerous properties, some in Puerto Rico and some across the United States, particularly in Miami Palm Beach.


Marilisa Maronesse is a lawyer and former model. She’s married to Puerto Rican star Chayanne and has been for more than 30 years. She has two beautiful children with a vast social media following.

Despite her husband’s fame, Marilisa keeps a low profile. She isn’t active on social media and only occasionally attends public events with her family.

Images source: Instagram

Sarah C. Burdett

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