Guma Aguiar 370.
(photo credit: Adi Avishai)
There remain more questions than answers regarding the disappearance of Guma
Aguiar, with the 35-year-old millionaire missing at sea since Tuesday
The boat of the majority owner of Hapoel Jerusalem basketball club
washed ashore on Fort Lauderdale beach in Florida in the early morning hours
Wednesday and an ongoing search has so far come up empty.
made a fortune in oil and gas, took his boat out at approximately 7 p.m. Tuesday
and has not been seen since.
Aguiar rose to prominence in Israel when he
gave Betar Jerusalem $4 million in July 2009 a month before coming to Hapoel’s
rescue, handing the cash-strapped club $1.5 million.
However, he would
exit Israeli sports in remarkable fashion at the start of 2010 after he was
forcibly admitted to the Abarbanel Psychiatric Hospital following a mental
Last September, Aguiar, who also gave $8 million to Nefesh
B’Nefesh and $500,000 to March of the Living, made a surprise return when it was
announced that he had acquired a 60 percent stake of Hapoel after agreeing to
transfer it $1.75 million for three seasons.