Maria Elena Holly
Maria Elena Holly
Real Name/Full Name Maria Elena holly
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Maria Elena
Birth Place: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 20 December 1932
Age/How Old: 91 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 158 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
Weight: In Kilograms – 68Kg
In Pounds – 149.9lbs
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Brown
Parents Name: Father – N/A
Mother – N/A
Siblings: N/A
School: N/A
College: N/A
Religion: N/A
Nationality: American- Puerto Rican
Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius
Gender: Female
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Widow
Boyfriend: N/A
Husband/Spouse Name: Buddy Holly,
Kids/Children Name: Three
Profession: Businesswoman
Net Worth: $24 million
Last Updated: July 2024

Maria Elena Holly, born as Maria Elena Santiago is a widow recognized for taking charge of her husband’s property. Famously recognized to be the wife of the pioneer of the music genre, rock, and roll, Buddy Holly. As her husband was a very well-known man, after his death Maria got to own the rights to his image, name, trademarks, and any other intellectual properties owned by him.

With all that she owned, she began a foundation which she co-founded with peter Bradley known as Buddy Holly Educational Foundation’. Maria has shown to be of zero tolerance when it comes to the greedy promoters after the late Buddy’s image, music and legacy. Once a man by the name of piggy was sued for publishing her autobiography without her consent. She has been working towards protecting everything her husband owned after his death.

Well, how well do you know about María Elena Holly? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about María Elena Holly’s net worth in 2024, her age, height, weight, boyfriend, husband, kids, biography and complete details about her life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about María Elena Holly to date.

Biography and Early Life

The widow, Maria Elena Santiago was born on the 20th of December making her a Sagittarius. She was born in San Puerto Rico. However, she is known for being an American Puerto Rican as she spent part of her childhood in New York for as long as she got American citizenship. She was raised with both parents but unfortunately, her mother died when she was at the age of 22 years.

She remained with the dad who sent her to New York to live with the aunt and that is how she got the American nationality. In her early years, Maria was very industrious who wanted to better herself and therefore took a step to work as a receptionist for music publisher peer music.

Being a music receptionist, we’d assume that was her first meeting place with her late husband Buddy.  At that time Buddy had gone to meet Maria’s boss whose name was Murray Dutch as the publishing manager of peer southern music. Earlier that week after the visit, Buddy decided to ask Maria out on a date and since Maria had never been out on a date she had to ask her aunt first for permission.

Luckily the aunt gave her the permission and five hours into their date, Buddy did not hesitate to ask Maria to marry him. Seems it was love at first sight for them as Maria accepted the proposal. That was the huge turning point of Maria’s life.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is María Elena Holly in 2024 and what is her height and weight? Well, María Elena Holly’s age is 91 years old as of today’s date 12th July 2024 having been born on 20 December 1932. Though, she is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 158cm in Centimetres tall, she weighs about 149.9lbs in Pound and 68kg in Kilograms. Her eye color is Dark brown and hair color is Brown.


Following the information given, we do not have any information concerning Maria’s education. That includes where she attended her school and as well as her university. However, following her early years, as she was a receptionist that gives us a hint that she was an educated woman.

Personal Life: Dating, Boyfriends, Husband, Kids

Maria was proposed to, for marriage on her first date by Buddy, this makes everything interesting. Just after the proposal, no time was wasted as they got married as soon as possible. Maria got arrived to Buddy who happens to be her first boyfriend and first date. They got married in Lubbock, Texas which was Buddy’s hometown. Some time into their marriage, they decided to reside in New York after their band split.

In the year 1959, Buddy took a musical trip but unfortunately had a plane crash which was on a third of February the same year. As Maria heard of her husband’s death she had a miscourage. It was a very sad moment for her as she lost her husband and the baby she was carrying. Afterwards we have no information about her current relationship, but it is well known she is a mother of three not disclosing much about all that.

Is Maria Elena Lesbian?

No, she is not lesbian. Although she is currently widowed, her marriage to Buddy that produced three kids is enough to prove that.

Professional Career

Following the death of her husband, Maria decide to honour her husband’s memory and protecting everything associated with him. She, therefore, devoted all her time to take care of his belongings, working against any exploitative companies. She works towards negotiating for any license agreements against any one that may want to use her late husband’s music image.

She has however received very negative critic trying to protect Buddy’s image, others accusing her of trying to use Buddy’s image in order to gain wealth. Other than that Maria has opened an educational foundation known as ‘ The Buddy Holly Educational foundation’ where she invest her time in and works together with Peter Bradley.


Maria has not received any awards as far as what she does is concerned. She has however achieved a lot and that includes the ability to protect the late Buddy’s property, image, trademarks and anything associated with him. Owning her late husband’s rights to his name and everything else is a huge achievement for her.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Maria Elena in 2024

Maria Elena Holly Net Worth
Maria Elena Holly Net Worth

Following the death of her husband, Maria has earned a lot. She is said to have owned everything her husband left and with no doubt, it has added up to her net worth. Her current net worth is therefore estimated to be $24 million as of 2024.

Maria is a very aggressive, hardworking, and consistent woman who has shown great power and intelligence in protecting her late husband’s property. She has done very much to uphold her late husband’s name which has had her get viewed in a positive way impressing very many for her work and deeds.


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