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

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Here's Who Inherited Anthony Bourdain's Money When He Died

BourdainIn 2018, infamous chef Anthony Bourdain was found deceased in his hotel room in France. Bourdain was filming for his TV series "Parts Unknown." Eric Ripert, a good friend of Bourdain, found Bourdain unresponsive in his room after he became worried when Bourdain didn't show up for dinner the night before or breakfast the next day. Although Bourdain struggled with mental health issues and had previously been addicted to heroin, there was no sign of narcotics in his system. The cause of death was ruled a suicide. 

Following Bourdain's death, social media was flooded with tributes from fans and colleagues. At the time of Bourdain's death, he had a net worth of $1.2 million which was made up of bank accounts, personal property, brokerage accounts, and royalties in intangible property. 

In his last will, Bourdain left the majority of his estate to his daughter Ariane Bourdain, who was only 11 years old at the time of Bourdain's death. Ariane's mother Ottavia Busia, serves as the executor of the estate. 

According to USA Today, Ariane will be given money from the trust on her 25th birthday, and then again at 30 years old. When Ariane turns 35, she will have access to the remainder of the amount in the trust. 

See Jean Mendoza, Here's Who Inherited Anthony Bourdain's Money After He Died , Grunge, November 2, 2021. 

Special thanks to Laura Galvan (Attorney, San Antonio, Texas) for bringing this article to my attention.  


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Gods speed Tony !!!

Posted by: TOM WEBB | Jul 4, 2022 12:42:15 PM

My dad and Anthony should be getting along just fine rest in peace until we meet again amen.

Posted by: Bruce Phillip Gust | Feb 6, 2024 11:48:49 PM

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