An annual memorial boule tournament is held in honor of Jorge Gallegos, a film banker who died in the Indian Ocean tsunami. It happened while he was taking a vacation in Khao Lak, Thailand. At 60, he is survived by two sons and wife Lorna.
The game of boules also known as Pétanque is the French version similar to Italian bocce or British lawn bowling. The goal of the game is to throw steel balls so that they get closer to a cochonnet , which is a small wooden ball, than those of your opponent. You can even drive your object ball toward your other balls and away from your opponent’s.
Gallegos was born in Costa Rica, but as a child, his family moved to London. Aside from being a banker, here are some of Gallegos’ associations in different parts of the world:
- He later became a chartered accountant in Barcelona with Peat Marwick Mitchell.
- He was involved in the financing of “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera” and more than 200 other films.
- He managed American Film Services in Los Angeles since 1995.
- He headed Guinness Mahon & Co.’s film finance unit.
- He took over British & Commonwealth Merchant Bank media finance department.
- He was a member of BAFTA-LA.
- He was also a frequent speaker in Asia, Europe and the U.S. film finance conferences.
- He was an entertainment banker particularly in the film business in London.
And, he’s the dad of a good friend. Check out these images at Jorge Gallegos Memorial Cannes Boules Tournament.