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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, July 6, 2018

Anthony Bourdain's Will States he was Worth $1.2 Million, Majority Left to Daughter

AnthonyThe late chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain, 61, has had his will filed in Manhattan this week a month after his suicide in France. Recent "unreliable" reports have whispered that his estate was worth around $16 million, but in 2017 Bourdain himself stated that those were amount were inflated "by at least ten times" According to the documents filed in court, his estate was worth roughly $1.2 millionn, and the bulk of that was left to his 11 year old daughter Airane.

"Bourdain's property includes $425,000 in cash and savings, $35,000 in brokerage accounts, $250,000 in personal property, and $500,000 in 'intangible property including royalties and residuals' according to the documents filed."

The assets left to his young daughter will be placed in trust until she reaches 18, with her mother and Bourdain's estranged wife Ottavia Busia acting as guardian. Bourdain also left Busia his frequent flier miles with instructions to "dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes."

See Megan Sheets, Anthony Bourdain Leaves Majority of his $1.2 Million Estate - Which was Rumored to by Worth at Least $16 Million - to 11-Year-Old Daughter Ariane as Will is Read Less than One Month After his Suicide, Daily Mail, July 5, 2018; see also Julia Marsh, Anthony Bourdain Worth Only $1.21M at the Time of his Death, Page Six, July 5, 2018.

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.

Special thanks to Jim Hartnett (Dallas, Texas Probate Attorney) for bringing this article to my attention.


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