With millions of dollars on the line, the legal battle over missing Fort Lauderdale man, Guma Aguiar's fortune is underway.
On one side is his wife Jamie, and on the other is his mother Ellen and sister Angelika. Each side is separated by suits of lawyers and conservators. Nearly two years later, the question still remains, where is Guma?
Local 10’s Jason Martinez asked attorneys from both sides whether their clients believed Guma was still alive. Both refused to answer the question.
Aguiar who allegedly went missing at sea in the Summer of 2012, is worth an estimated $100 million. He earned his fortune through a natural gas company he co-founded and sold. At issue in this case is eight real estate properties in Israel valued at $12 million. Aguiar’s mother and sister claim the land was given to them as gifts, something Jamie Aguiar disputes.
Jamie argues Guma should be considered dead, and his will leaves two-thirds of his assets to her and their four young children. But Ellen, Guma's mother, says her son was a generous soul who paid her salary, health benefits and gave her a platinum American Express credit card that she could use however she wanted.
"He wired $150,000 into my bank account," said Ellen Aguiar.
Guma's brother was also in court Tuesday. Martinez asked him if he believed his brother was still alive. He told him he would like to think so, and says he hopes his brother "is on an island drinking mojitos somewhere."