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Guma Aguiar, Fort Lauderdale Multimillionaire, Missing for a Month

Guma Aguiar, a Fort Lauderdale multimillionaire businessman left behind a mystery for his family, friends, and local law enforcement when he vanished on June 19. The 35-year-old was last seen on aboard his 31-foot fishing boat off of the coast of Florida. His body has not been found, but in his absence his wife and mother have already begun a heated court case which will decide who will control his $100 million estate should he fail to return.

Aguiar’s self-made fortune is the result of his work in the energy industry. Born in Brazil but raised in America, Aguiar worked at the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he first became interested in the energy business. Through his connections to long-term physical markets, he was given the opportunity to form a US-based oil and gas exploration company. His answer to this was Leor Energy, which Aguiar ran until 2006 before he sold it for a rumored $2.5 billion. Aguiar also has $35 million worth of real estate in Israel, where he lives part-time.

Aguiar went missing on June 19th, just after Jamie Aguiar, his wife and the mother of his four children, asked him for a divorce, according to the press. Aguiar went out to sea on his fishing boat T.T. Zion at approximately 7:00 in the evening. The weather was not good, with rough water, winds of up to 20 miles per hour, and isolated thunderstorms. In fact, there was reportedly a small craft warning at the time.

Hours later, the $2.1 million boat washed up on the shore, engine running, wallet and keys onboard. Aguiar, however, was not aboard the craft and has not been seen since.

Investigators looking into Aguiar’s disappearance have failed to provide concrete information as to what happened. Surveillance footage from Aguiar’s private dock shows Aguiar, alone, steering the ship. GPS records from Aguiar’s boat on the night of his disappearance have revealed that Aguiar’s ship never stopped in the water that night, but that it did travel three nautical miles away from shore at top speeds of 31 miles per hour. 20 minutes after leaving shore, the boat suddenly slowed, turned, and came back to shore.

“There was a dramatic decleration and change of course, back toward land,” during which the boat slowed to half a mile to two and a half miles per hour. Fort Lauderdale police have purportedly told the press that the sudden change came from a transition from the boat being operated to the boat drifting. A witness also came forward, claiming that Aguiar was alone and moving quickly across choppy waters.

Meanwhile, a very public court battle has begun between Jamie Aguiar and Ellen Aguiar (Guma’s mother). Various details of the case have made their way into news reports, including rumors that Jamie Aguiar asked Fort Lauderdale to void her prenuptial agreement two months before Guma’s disappearance and that Guma had transferred control of his assets in the event of his incapacitation from his wife to his mother just a month before he disappeared. Jamie Aguiar, according to the press, claims that she was duped out of her fair share of Guma’s earnings because he lied to her about his assets. The case is sure to remain a subject of media attention for the next several months.

Guma Aguiar, Fort Lauderdale Multimillionaire, Missing for a Month
Guma Aguiar, a Fort Lauderdale multimillionaire businessman left behind a mystery for his family, friends, and local law enforcement when he vanished on June 19. The 35-year-old was last seen on aboard his 31-foot fishing boat off of the coast of Florida. His body has not been found, but in his absence his wife and mother have already begun a heated court case which will decide who will control his $100 million estate should he fail to return.

Aguiar’s self-made fortune is the result of his work in the energy industry. Born in Brazil but raised in America, Aguiar worked at the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he first became interested in the energy business. Through his connections to long-term physical markets, he was given the opportunity to form a US-based oil and gas exploration company. His answer to this was Leor Energy, which Aguiar ran until 2006 before he sold it for a rumored $2.5 billion. Aguiar also has $35 million worth of real estate in Israel, where he lives part-time.

Aguiar went missing on June 19th, just after Jamie Aguiar, his wife and the mother of his four children, asked him for a divorce, according to the press. Aguiar went out to sea on his fishing boat T.T. Zion at approximately 7:00 in the evening. The weather was not good, with rough water, winds of up to 20 miles per hour, and isolated thunderstorms. In fact, there was reportedly a small craft warning at the time.

Hours later, the $2.1 million boat washed up on the shore, engine running, wallet and keys onboard. Aguiar, however, was not aboard the craft and has not been seen since.

Investigators looking into Aguiar’s disappearance have failed to provide concrete information as to what happened. Surveillance footage from Aguiar’s private dock shows Aguiar, alone, steering the ship. GPS records from Aguiar’s boat on the night of his disappearance have revealed that Aguiar’s ship never stopped in the water that night, but that it did travel three nautical miles away from shore at top speeds of 31 miles per hour. 20 minutes after leaving shore, the boat suddenly slowed, turned, and came back to shore.

“There was a dramatic decleration and change of course, back toward land,” during which the boat slowed to half a mile to two and a half miles per hour. Fort Lauderdale police have purportedly told the press that the sudden change came from a transition from the boat being operated to the boat drifting. A witness also came forward, claiming that Aguiar was alone and moving quickly across choppy waters.

Meanwhile, a very public court battle has begun between Jamie Aguiar and Ellen Aguiar (Guma’s mother). Various details of the case have made their way into news reports, including rumors that Jamie Aguiar asked Fort Lauderdale to void her prenuptial agreement two months before Guma’s disappearance and that Guma had transferred control of his assets in the event of his incapacitation from his wife to his mother just a month before he disappeared. Jamie Aguiar, according to the press, claims that she was duped out of her fair share of Guma’s earnings because he lied to her about his assets. The case is sure to remain a subject of media attention for the next several months.

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