All You Need to Know About Jim Moran, his Net Worth, his House, Private Jet and his Gallant Lady yachts
51 m (168 ft)
10 in 5 cabins
12 in 6 cabins
De Voogt Naval Architects
US$ 40 million
Owner of the Yacht
US$ 2 billion
JM Family Corporation
August 8, 1918
April 24, 2007
Arline McNally Moran, Pat Moran, Jim Moran, Jr.
Hillsboro Beach, Florida
Hawker Beechcraft (N350JM)
James Martin Moran ordered 8 Feadship yachts. He was Feadship’s ‘best’ client.
He built an automobile empire that ranks as the 30th largest privately held company by Forbes magazine. He was born in August 1918. He was married to Jan Moran. He had 3 children. He passed away in 2007.
His JM Family Enterprises has annual revenues of more than USD 15 billion.
In 1939 he purchased a gas station for USD 360. That station soon became the largest volume Sinclair outlet in Chicago.
After serving in World War II Moran returned to Chicago. He sold his first car for USD 275.
Within two years Jim purchased his first used car lot. And within 30 days of becoming a Ford dealer in 1955. He turned it into the world’s largest Ford dealership.
His sales topped several million dollars by the time he turned 30. With a knack for showmanship. His commercials made him a celebrity throughout the Chicago area. Where he was known as “Jim Moran the Courtesy Man.”
In 1970 Jim was awarded the franchise for the Pontiac dealership in Hollywood. Which became JM Pontiac and for the next 20 years. It was the largest Pontiac dealership in the world.
JM Family's Southeast Toyota is the world's largest independent distributor of Toyotas. In 2006 his dealerships had sold 6 million Toyotas.
JM Lexus – established in 1989 -
At the time of his death his net worth was more than USD 2 billion.
In 2008 Mr. Moran was posthumously honored with The Superyacht Legacy Awar. Recognizing his many contributions to yacht design and ocean conservation. And his enthusiasm for boating and his lifetime of philanthropy.
Moran was a very active philanthropist, through his J Moran Foundation. The foundation is still active, donating US$ 9 million in 2012.
The Moran family has owned a few private jets. Including a Learjet 45 (N453ST) and a Gulfstream IV (N265ST). For a few months the family owned a Hawker Beechcraft (N350JM).
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Jim and Jan Moran have owned more than 200 vessels. Of which several superyachts all named Gallant Lady.
Moran also ordered a 49 meter motor yacht at US Delta Marine. The yacht is now named New Vida.
Moran’s latest superyacht was a 51m (168ft) Feadship. The yacht was delivered in 2007 just before he passed away.
She is powered by 2 Caterpillar engines. Which bring her a cruising speed of 12 knots. She can accommodate 10 guests and a crew of 11. She has a shallow draft so she can easily reach the Bahamas.
The yacht is fitted with advanced innovations, including an environmentally safe bio-
The yacht is still owned by the Moran family. Although she is currently for sale asking US$ 39 million.
The yacht is often in Fort Lauderdale. Or docked behind the Moran family residence in Hillsboro Beach, Florida. Her owner was a founding member of the Seakeeper’s Society.