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All You Need to Know About Ali Ghandour and his Yacht Cocoa Bean
Yacht Name: Cocoa Bean - Yacht Length: 74 m (243 ft) - Guests: 12 in 6 cabins - Crew: 19 in 8 cabins - IMO 9638757 - Yacht Value: US$ 90 million - Owners: Ali Ghandour and Maha Juffali - Ghandour Net Worth: US$ 6 billion - Company: Juffali Group - Owners Country: Saudi Arabia
Yacht Cocoa Bean - Ali Ghandour and Maha Juffali
Ali Ghandour and his wife Maha Juffali are the owners of the yacht Cocoa Bean.
Who is Ali Ghandour?
Ali Ghandour is the owner of Albani Perfumes, a wholesaler of perfumes based in Miami. His family is the founder of the Gandour & Sons a leading food manufacturer in the Middle East, North Africa and India. The company was founded in 1857 and was originally a manufacturor of a variety of hard-boiled candies, loukoum and marzipan products in a factory-store in Beirut, Lebanon. Nowadays Gandour offers an extensive range of products including biscuits, cakes, chocolates, gums, candies, snacks, wafers and cooking oils. Gandour has more than 3,000 employees. Ali Ghandour is Chairman of the Board while his wife Maha Al Juffali is a board memmber.
Maha Ghandour Al Juffali
Maha Al Juffali is the daughter of the late Sheikh Ahmed bin Abdullah Al-Juffali. Ahmed al Juffali is the founder of E. A. Juffali and Brothers. The Al Juffali Group is Saudi Arabia’s large privately owned company. The company is active in many business sectors such as automotive (Al Juffali is the exclusive distributor for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), chemicals, air conditioning (Al Juffali is market leader in air conditioning systems in Saudi Arabia, with brands as Carrier), insurance services and technology (they represent Siemens and Eriksson in Saudi Arabia).
The net worth of the Al Juffali family is estimated at US$ 6 billion. The family owns several yachts, such as Kolaha owned by Sheikh Khaled Juffali (Brother of Maha). Ali Ghandour previously owned the 43 meter Broward Marine Cocoa Bean (now named Lady Nora).
The Ghandour and Al Juffali families are active philanthropists. Sheik Ahed Juffali founded the Help Center. The Help Center is a non-profit organization committed to enhance the quality of life of individuals with intellectual disabilities by giving them the opportunity to learn, live, work, and play, in a safe environment. Maha Ghandour Juffali is a director of the Help Center.
Yacht Cocoa Bean
The yacht Cocoa Bean was built by Trinity Yachts and was delivered in 2013. The yacht is actually the largest yacht built by Trinity. The interior of Cocoa Bean is designed by Evan Marshall and can accommodate 12 guests and a crew of 19. The yacht is built of steel with an aluminum superstructure. Not much is known about the interior of the yacht, but we do know she features a special half round glass elevator. You can find a General Arrangement of the yacht here. We think the name Cocoa Bean relates to the Ghandour Company, as one of its product is chocolate.