Elián González Net Worth 2023 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Elián González Net Worth 

Elián González has an estimated net worth of $50 Thousand. In 1999, 5-year-old Elián González became the center of international controversy when he was found floating alone on an inner tube near Miami after leaving Castro’s Cuba with his mother. He earns most of his income from his career as a technology specialist at a state-run company.

Elián González was born to divorced parents in 1993. His mother brought him along with her when she decided to flee the Castro regime in 1999, but he drowned on the way. Elián, a 5-year-old boy from Florida, was discovered floating alone off the coast near Fort Lauderdale. Despite the efforts of his Cuban-American relatives to keep him in the US, Elián’s father insisted on his return to Cuba. In the end, the Clinton administration supported the father’s claim and forcibly removed Elián in 2000.

To calculate the net worth of Elián González, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Elián González
Net Worth: $50 Thousand
Monthly Salary: $1 Thousand
Annual Income: $15 Thousand
Source of Wealth: Engineer

Early Life

Elián González, born December 6, 1993, in Cárdenas, Cuba, became the focus of an international political uproar in late 1999 and early 2000 after he was rescued from a boat accident in November 1999 that killed his mother and a small group of other Cuban refugees attempting to reach Florida.

Juan Miguel González and Elizabeth Brotons Rodrguez, Elián’s parents, were both born in Cárdenas, Cuba. After six years of marriage, the couple divorced in 1991, but continued to try to have a child until Elián was born in 1993.

The couple divorced in 1996, but they stayed close to their son, who spent up to five nights a week with his father or one of his grandmothers and the rest of the time with his mother, who had moved in with her boyfriend, Lazaro Rafael Munero. When Rodrguez and Munero decided to flee Cuba’s harsh economic conditions on a boat bound for America, they took Elián with them. His mother and the other ten people on board their ship would not survive the journey.


On Thanksgiving Day, two Florida fishermen discovered Elián stranded on an inner tube floating offshore near Fort Lauderdale, and members of his extended family took him in. By the time the boy turned six in December 1999, he had become a symbol of the long-running feud between the Cuban exile community in the United States (particularly in Florida) and Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Even as Elián’s Miami relatives, particularly his great-uncles Lázaro and Delfin González and his cousin Marisleysis González, insisted that he stay in the United States and begin the new life that his mother had envisioned for him, Castro and the boy’s family in Cuba — and eventually the United States government — backed Juan Miguel González, who wanted his son back.

After months of legal wrangling, endless press coverage, and heated demonstrations in both Miami and Cuba, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, with President Bill Clinton’s full support, ordered Elián’s relatives in Miami to hand him over to the U.S. Department of Justice.

When they refused, Reno ordered a dramatic and contentious dawn rescue mission, which took place in the early morning hours of April 22, when federal agents armed with submachine guns stormed into Lazáro González’s Miami home and seized a terrified Elián. The Associated Press photographer Alan Diaz captured a dramatic image of the moment in a photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

Elián was immediately flown to Washington, D.C., to be reunited with his father. They later returned to Cuba, where they were greeted with great fanfare. The Castro administration gave the González family preferential treatment. Fidel Castro, in fact, attended Elián’s birthday parties for many years.

Adulthood and His Life Now

While Elián has faded from the front pages of American newspapers, he has remained a prominent figure in Cuba, as has his father, whom Castro regarded as a national hero for taking his custody claims to the highest levels (just three days after Elián was discovered at sea, his father filed a complaint with the United Nations requesting the return of his son). According to Cuban journalist Lissy Rodrguez, González could not return to Cuba and simply reintegrate into society because his story exemplified Cuban family and social values.

Elián and his father have frequently been seen at major national events, such as protests for the release of “The Cuban Five” (five Cuban intelligence officers accused of espionage by the US and held in federal detention for more than a decade) and a welcome home ceremony for the Five after they were released from US custody. In González’s hometown of Cárdenas, there’s even a statue of him with his fist raised in the air outside a museum, and Elián was inducted into the Communist Youth Union by Fidel Castro himself in 2008.

Elián enrolled in a Cuban military academy in 2010 and was frequently photographed in his olive green uniform. In 2016, he received his engineering diploma from the University of Matanzas.

González enjoys swimming, baseball, going out with friends, watching movies, listening to music, and spending time with his fiancée, Ilianet Escano, in his spare time. González has also told the press that he enjoys reading, particularly books by Fidel Castro. He claims Castro would send him books on a regular basis.

González told ABC News in May 2015 that he would like to return to the United States as a tourist, “to see a baseball game, visit Washington museums, and talk to Americans.” Delfin González, Elán’s uncle, said the family would be delighted to see him and that, despite efforts to communicate with him, they have not had contact with Elián in the years since he returned to Cuba.

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