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All You Need to Know About Jim Moran, his Net Worth, his House, Private Jet and his Gallant Lady yachts


Yacht Name:

Gallant Lady

Yacht Length:

51 m (168 ft)


10 in 5 cabins


12 in 6 cabins




De Voogt Naval Architects



Maximum Speed:

15 knots




765 ton




US$ 40 million

Owner of the Yacht

Yacht Owner:

Jim Moran



Net Worth:

US$ 2 billion


JM Family Corporation


August 8, 1918


April 24, 2007


Jan Moran


Arline McNally Moran, Pat Moran, Jim Moran, Jr.


Hillsboro Beach, Florida

Private Jet:

Hawker Beechcraft (N350JM)

James Martin Moran ordered 8 Feadship yachts. He was Feadship’s ‘best’ client.

10 Facts about James Martin Moran you probably didn’t know

  1. In 1939 at the age of 21 he purchased a gas station for US$ 360.
  2. That became the best selling fuel station in the area.
  3. After serving in World War II he sold his first car for US$ 275.
  4. Within 10 years he was the world’s largest Ford dealer.
  5. JM Pontiac was the largest Pontiac dealership in the world
  6. He has sold more than 6 million Toyota cars.
  7. JM Lexus is the number one Lexus dealership in the world.
  8. His net worth at time of death in 2007 was more than US$ 2 billion.
  9. He ordered 8 yachts at Feadship, all named Gallant Lady.
  10. The yacht is berthed behind the Moran Family mansion in Florida.

Who is Jim Moran?Jim Moran

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.

JM Family Enterprises

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.

Ford Dealer in 1955

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.”

Pontiac in 1970

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.

The Largest Toyota Distributor

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 - is the number one Lexus dealership in the world. It is generating the highest sales volume among m ore than 190 dealerships. Mr Moran passed away in 2007.

Jim Moran Net Worth

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.

Private Jet

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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Gallant Lady Yacht

Jim and Jan Moran have owned more than 200 vessels. Of which several superyachts all named Gallant Lady.

Ord ered 8 Feadship Yachts

Moran was actually Feadship’s best client. He ordered 8 motor yachts all built at Royal de Vries Yacht builders.

Moran also ordered a 49 meter motor yacht at US Delta Marine. The yacht is now named New Vida.

2007 Superyacht Gallant Lady

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-reactive waste sewage treatment plant. Her owner was involved in the design of both exterior and interior.

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.

yacht Gallant Lady

The motor yacht  was built for automotive tycoon Moran.

Jim Moran YachtGallant Lady yacht

Previous yacht owner: Larry Ellison

Next yacht owner:

Roman Abramovich

The yacht in Miami.

Jim Moran family residence

The yacht docked behind the Moran family residence in Hillsboro Beach, Florida.

Jim Moran house

Jim and Jan Moran House

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Gallant Lady

The yacht was built at Feadship in 2007. (photo by Northrop & Johnson).

Jim Moran yacht

Inside the Yacht.

Inside Gallant Lady

The owner’s stateroom. (photo by Northrop & Johnson).

Gallant Lady Interiorinside jim moran yacht

Inside Moran’s yacht. (photo by Northrop & Johnson).

Gallant Lady interior

Moran Family Private Jet

N265ST Moran Family private jet (JM Enterprises)

The Gulfstream GIV N265ST owned by JM Family Enterprises. The jet is now sold.

Gallant Lady - now Ice Bear

The 1988 yacht is now named Ice Bear and owned by Walter Scott Jr.

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Jim Moran American car dealer, billionaire and philanthropist. August 8, 1918 April 24, 2007 JM Family Enterprises US$ 2 billion Jan Moran
Hillsboro Beach, Florida
yacht Gallant Lady Value US$ 40 million
Gulfstream GIV private jet (now sold)