• Marisol Maldonado is an artist manager, philanthropist and former fashion model; married to Rob Thomas, an American singer-songwriter.
• She grew up in Queens, NYC, and launched her modelling career at 17.
• She co-founded P. Sidewalk Angels Foundation to help those in need, and suffers from Lyme disease.
• Marisol is passionate about travelling and loves animals; her favorite season is summer.
• Her net worth is estimated at $300,000, while that of her husband Rob is estimated at $17 million.
Who is Marisol Maldonado?
Marisol Maldonado was born in Queens, New York City USA, on 27 May 1971 – her zodiac sign is Gemini, and she holds American nationality. She’s an artist manager, philanthropist and former fashion model, who’s probably known best for being the wife of Rob Thomas, a famous American singer-songwriter.
Early life and education
Marisol was raised in Queens by her parents about whom little is known, as she respects their privacy; it’s believed that her father was a businessman, and that her mother was a high school teacher. Marisol hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, and is thus believed to be an only child.
Marisol grew up being interested in various activities, as she acted with her elementary school’s drama club, played various sports and enjoyed practicing creative writing.
She was 17 years old when she launched her modelling career, and thus upon matriculating in 1989, Marisol chose not to pursue a college degree, but to focus on her career.
Marisol was a sought-after model in her late teen years and 20s, and she walked the catwalk for various popular designers and companies, but it remains undisclosed which for; she was also featured on the cover page of several magazines.
Marisol produced the 2007 documentary movie “My Secret Record”, directed by Gillian Grisman, and which starred John Mayer, Robert Randolph and Carlos Santana; it follows the early life of her husband Rob and his success in the music industry. Marisol has also made a guest appearance in a couple of talk-shows, including “Punk’d” and “Home & Family”.
Marisol is today mostly focused on working with the non-profit P. Sidewalk Angels Foundation, which she co-founded with the aim of helping people who cannot afford medical care, as well as to provide food and shelter for abandoned animals.
It was in 2015 that Marisol was diagnosed with Lyme disease. Multiple diseases and conditions have symptoms similar to Lyme’s, which is why it was hard for the doctors to provide Marisol with a correct diagnosis; they initially believed that she had multiple sclerosis, and then that it was actually lupus.
It was only after she underwent surgery in 2015 to remove a lesion from her brain, that her doctors established that she was suffering from Lyme disease.
Because of it, Marisol often suffers seizures and numbness, and is said to be unable to have children. Shehas to take medications on a daily basis, but seems to be handling the disease quite well, as she can often be seen keeping her husband company during his tours.
Love life and marriage with Rob Thomas
Marisol prefers to keep the details of her love life away from the media’s attention, but has still allowed her fans to have a glimpse into it. She met Rob in Montreal, Canada, in the second half of 1997, after they were introduced by a mutual friend at an afterparty; both Marisol and Rob have stated that it was love at first sight. Marisol wasn’t certain that she would be able to handle being in a relationship with a music star, and they didn’t see each other at all for a couple of months, because Rob spent the majority of his time touring.
They went on their first date, to a festival in Boston, Massachusetts, after he had returned to the US, but only a month later, Rob proposed to Marisol, and they exchanged vows on 2 October 1999, in a large ceremony at Rob’s manager Michael Lippman’s ranch.
Marisol and Rob don’t have children together, but Marisol is step-mother to Rob’s son Maison Eudy from a previous relationship, who was born on 10 July 1998.
As of March 2022, Marisol’s married to Rob Thomas, and they don’t have children together.
Hobbies and other interests
Marisol was physically highly active during her 20s and 30s, as it was important for her modelling career to stay in shape; she followed a strict diet, and there were times that she was afraid that she would develop anorexia.
Summer is Marisol’s favorite season, as she enjoys going yachting and sun tanning.
Marisol’s passionate about travelling, and has apparently been all around the world with Rob; her dream travel destination is Paris in France.
Marisol’s a huge lover of animals, and has donated money to various animal shelters.
Marisol likes to watch movies late at night – her favorite actor and actress are Channing Tatum and Natalie Portman, while a couple of her favorite movies include “Dear John”, “Leon: The Professional”, and “V for Vendetta”.
Age, height and net worth
Marisol’s age is 50. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) and she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs).
As of March 2022, her net worth has been estimated at more than $300,000, while her husband Rob’s net worth is reputedly over $17 million.
Who is her husband, Rob Thomas?
Robert Kelly ‘Rob’ Thomas was born in Landstuhl, West Germany on 14 February 1972 – his zodiac sign is Aquarius, and he holds American nationality. He’s probably known best for being the lead singer of the rock band Matchbox Twenty, although he’s also known for his solo career, especially his 2005 single “Lonely No More”.
Rob spent only the first six months of his life in Germany, as his family then moved back to the USA, where he was raised by his father Bill Thomas who was a US Army sergeant, and his mother Mamie who was a housewife; Rob has an older half-sister Melissa from his mother’s first marriage.
His parents divorced when he was two, and Mamie was given custody over both Rob and Melissa. It was Rob’s maternal grandmother who inspired him to become a songwriter; she was an alcoholic, the owner of a small store at which she sold marijuana and moonshine under the counter, and who loved to listen to country musicians who had lived hard lives, with her favorite being Johnny Cash.
Rob studied at Lake Brantley High School, and began writing and playing music during his four years there, mostly because he wanted to impress girls. At the age of 17, Rob stole a Chevrolet Camaro and subsequently spent two months behind bars and dropped out of high school, but eventually completed his GED tests.
He started playing for local bands in Altamonte Springs, Florida, but began using drugs; at one point, Rob tried playing with dry ice, which left his hands so burned that the doctors believed they would have to amputate them.
Rob started taking his career seriously in 1993, when he formed the rock band Tabitha’s Secret; they broke up in the following year, but Rob then founded the band Matchbox 20, and they were signed to Lava Records in 1995. Their debut album “Yourself or Someone Like You” was released in the following year, and their singles “3 A. M.” and “Push” became hits. The band went on to tour around the US and Canada, drank a lot of alcohol, used various drugs and slept with many women; after Rob gained over 50lbs (25kgs) and the band’s performance worsened, all members agreed that they would stop doing cocaine, and focus on their music.
Matchbox 20 changed their name to Matchbox Twenty in 2000, and they released their second album “Mad Season” in March 2000; its single “Bent” topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The band’s third album “More Than You Think You Are” came out on 19 November 2002.
Rob launched his solo career on 19 April 2005, with the release of his debut album “… Something to Be”, and it topped the Billboard 200 Chart; his second album “Cradlesong” came out on 30 June 2009, and was followed by his third, “The Great Unknown”, on 25 May 2015.
Most recently, on 22 October 2021, Rob released his Christmas album “Something About Christmas Time”.
Rob has been nominated for six Grammy Awards, and his and Santana’s 1999 single “Smooth” won three in 2000: for Song of the Year, Record of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.