This article was updated on Jan. 7, 2004.
Entertainment banker Jorge Gallegos died in the Indian Ocean tsunami Dec. 26 while vacationing in Khao Lak, Thailand. He was 60.
Gallegos was involved in the financing of more than 200 films, including “Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera,” “The Merchant of Venice” and “Cliffhanger.”
Since 1995, Gallegos managed American Film Services in Los Angeles, which has represented banks financial institutions such as Berliner Bank and Dexia Banque Intl. a Luxembourg, and since February 2004, repped the Bank of Ireland and its Corporate Telemedia Initiative.
Born in Costa Rica, Gallegos moved to London with his a family as a child and later became a chartered accountant with Peat Marwick Mitchell in Barcelona before returning to London as a banker to the film business.
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He headed the film finance unit at Guinness Mahon & Co. and then took over the media finance department at British & Commonwealth Merchant Bank.
He was a member of of BAFTA-LA and a frequent speaker at film finance conferences in Europe, Asia and the U.S.
He is survived by wife Lorna and two sons.
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