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Search for Florida philanthropist is called off

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The search for Guma Aguiar, a Florida businessman and philanthropist who has given millions to Jewish nonprofit organizations, reportedly was called off.

Aguiar, the CEO of Leor Energy who lives in Fort Lauderdale, was last seen on the evening of June 19. His yacht washed ashore in Fort Lauderdale the following day, according to reports.

Aguiar’s estate is valued at more than $100 million.

The court filing indicated that Aguiar could have been mentally deranged.

In 2009, Aguiar gave $8 million to the pro-aliyah group Nefesh B’Nefesh and $500,000 to March of the Living, which takes high school-aged Jews to Poland to see Holocaust sites. He has also been the main sponsor of the Israeli Premier League soccer team Beitar Jerusalem.

Aguiar made his fortune when he discovered huge natural gas reserves in Texas. — jta


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