Wednesday last week Brazilian millionaire Guma Aguiar’s 31-foot fishing boat washed up in Fort Lauderdale, and it didn’t take long before his mom and his wife started feuding. Now a Rabbi has intervened,
Rabbis Work Out Truce Between Missing Millionaire’s Feuding Mom and Wife
Two rabbis helped facilitate a truce between missing millionaire Guma Aguiar’s feuding mother and wife, who took their $100 million battle to a Florida courtroom today.
While Aguiar’s wife wanted control, his mother was fighting for control to be handed over to a third party — Northern Trust, a wealth management company selected by Aguiar to take care of his assets should anything ever happen to him.
A court hearing to appoint conservatorship was expected this evening. But earlier today two rabbis and a congregant, who made up a committee formed by Aguiar as a group of advisors, kicked into place a legal mechanism that gave Northern Trust control of the assets. The court agreed to it.
His assets were not in Brazil,
If Northern Trust accepts, it will have control of all of Aguiar’s U.S. assets, valued at more than $50 million. But control of his millions in Israeli assets is still up for grabs; the Florida court did not have control over international assets.
For now, both parties agreed to the truce.
Aguiar had a troubled history,
He has been arrested several times, including for drug possession and driving under the influence, according to court records. He is also currently on probation after pleading no contest to domestic violence charges.
In 2010, he was involuntarily admitted to an Israeli psychiatric hospital after his erratic behavior.
Aguiar made his fortune in 2006 when he and his uncle Thomas Kaplan sold their Texas-based energy company for a reported $2.5 billion. The two have been in a messy legal battle since 2009 over the division of the money.
They went on to say that he was the victim of what amounted to “psychological terrorism.”
In 2011, he was appointed an emergency guardian after his wife and mother petitioned a Miami-Dade judge for one.
However, since his body has not been found, there’s no evidence that he’s dead.
Only thing for sure: the lawyers will be making a lot of money.