Meet Pelé’s Wife Marcia Aoki: Her Married Life, Career, Net Worth, & More

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Meet Pelé’s Wife Marcia Aoki: Her Married Life, Career, Net Worth, & More
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Marcia Aoki is the wife of the late Edson Arantes do Nascimento or Pele, a Brazilian former professional footballer who played as a forward. Critics and people alike regarded him as the greatest player of all time.

Pele’s partner, Aoki is a successful entrepreneur in her own right making a name in the export and import business. Of Pelé’s three marriages, his courtship with Marcia had arguably been the quietest.

Pele in his lifetime had seen it all from several once-in-lifetime moments to controversial government ties and salacious affair rumors. Even in recent years, the 1000-plus goal scorer managed to attract some or two headlines. In those moments was/ is his wife, Marcia Aoki.

There, however, lies meager Infos with respect to the Black Pearl’s wife of six years, Aoki. Unravel the reasons why she has let out few to no details about her personal or professional life. Also, know how she came to Ms. Pele & more.

Profile Summary

Date of BirthMay 7th, 1966
Birth SignTaurus
ParentsPaulo and Isauro Aoki

Marcia Aoki Grew Up In Brazil; What’s her ethnic background?

Aoki was born Marcia Cibele Aoki in 1966 in Penapolis Sao Paulo, Brazil, also the place where she has spent most of her life.

Marcia was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Marcia with her husband during the premiere of Pele, Birth of a Legend at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. Getty

She is the daughter of Paulo and Isaura Aoki. One of her parents is a pediatrician while the other is a business owner. Aoki henceforth wanted to be an entrepreneur from an early age.

The soccer legend’s wife is part Brazilian part Japanese. Marcia also has a brother Carlos Alberto Aoki. She studied business administration in New York in the mid-’80s.

She Is A Successful Businesswoman 

As per her LinkedIn profile, Marcia is currently a Managing Director at Global Brands Japan KK. She additionally is the owner of the medical supply import company.

Other firms where she has worked include Warner Bros. Consumer Products (2000 – 2004), and United Media (1983 – 2000).

Relationship between Marcia Aoki’ and her Husband Pele 

Marcia and the great Brazilian champion got married in July 2016. The former Santos FC striker was 25 years Marcia’s senior.

Marcia and Pele initially thought of marrying in 2014 but couldn't do so.
Marcia and Pele married in July 2016 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Source: Getty

Their wedding took place in Guaruja, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The pair was planning to marry a couple of years ago. They, however, postponed after Pele suffered a series of health problems, reports The Sun.

The nuptials had Odilinha Hoehne, one of the most renowned chefs in Santos. Pele through his social media made the announcement of his marriage to Aoki. At the time, the ex-New York Cosmos player described Marcia as his “definitive love.”

How Did Marcia Aoki And Pele Meet Each Other? 

Marcia and the Brazilian soccer star first met in the 1980s at a party in New York. They, however, would start dating only in 2010 after their second encounter in Sao Paulo.

The Mirror reports they reconnected in 2008 when they bumped into each other in the elevator of the luxury Sao Paulo building where they lived. This was over 20 years after their first meeting in New York.

As per the sources, Marcia at the time was going through a split from her first husband.

Remembering their second face-off, the three-time FIFA World Cup winner told The Mirror,

“I said I was renovating my apartment and Marcia, who was separated by then, invited me to see a home renovation she’d done.”

Pele and Marcia made their first appearance as a couple in Monaco, 2012 whilst attending a football ceremony. They dated for six years before tying the knot.

Marcia Isn’t Pele’s First Wife 

The Japanese-Brazilian, Marcia Aoki was Pele’s third wife. Before Aoki, the 1958 World Cup winner Pele had walked down the aisle two times first with Rosemeri dos Reis Cholbi and then Assiria Lemos Seixas.

Pele and his first spouse, Rosemeri de Reis Cholbi were together from 1966 to 1982. When together, Rosemeri and Pele had three children together. Their first child Kelly Cristina was born in 1967, Jennifer came a year later in 1968.

Their son Edson, who is also known as “Edinho” was born in 1970. Edson, Pele’s third child with Rosemeri played goalkeeper for Pele’s old club, Santos, in the 1990s.

In 2014, he received 33 years in jail for laundering money that he had raised from drug trafficking. The late soccer star married his second wife Assíria Lemos Seixas, a gospel singer in 1994. Together, they welcomed a set of twins Celeste and Joshua in September 1996. Pele and Sexias would split in 2008.

Her Husband Had Several Extramarital Affairs; Did He Cheat On Aoki Too? 

What’s intriguing about Aoki’s husband’s personal life is that he was married three times, and had admitted to having several affairs, and consequently producing several children. He however once insinuated how he was not being aware of the many kids he fathered while committing adultery.

Pele admits to cheating on two of his previous wives.
Pele and his wife, Marcia in Dec 2021. Source: Instagram

Pele further claimed in his self-titled documentary – all his wives and girlfriends knew of his infidelity.

“My first wife, the first girlfriend, knew about it. I never lied,”

said Aoki’s spouse.

In addition to all the aforesaid Pelé’s children’s names, the South American footballer had at least three more children from former affairs. Though one of them died in 2006.

Although Pele admits he broke the trust of two of his previous wives, some claim he was also not faithful to Marcia.

Is Marcia Aoki As Rich As Her late spouse?  

While Pele was understandably a multi-millionaire with a net worth of over $ 100 million, there is little to no clear and credible mention of his wife, Marcia.

Although she is outwardly reported to be a successful entrepreneur, what she has pocketed out of her commercial pursuits is whole different math of guesswork and theories.

Still considering the time she has spent on her profession, the money-making, Aoki could very likely have a net worth somewhere in the realm of seven figures or even higher.


Narayan Shankar, who goes by the name David, is a seasoned writer and editor, who has a passion for covering the entertainment industry. He has years of experience writing content, especially in the entertainment niche. He is currently an editor and writer for along with other websites under our organization named Pandora Group of Companies.