Anthony Bourdain's Will Reveals He Was Worth $1.2 Million, Leaves Majority of Estate to Daughter
In court papers filed in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court and obtained by PEOPLE on Thursday, Bourdain was worth $1.21 million despite reports of a $16 million fortune.
According to the legal documents, which were first reported on by Page Six, Bourdain’s assets included $425,000 in “cash and savings,” $35,000 in a brokerage account, $250,000 in “personal property,” and $500,000 in “intangible property including royalties and residuals.”
The will, which was written in 2016, states that the majority of Bourdain’s finances will be left to his only child, 11-year-old daughter Ariane.
Due to Ariane being a minor, the court will appoint a guardian to protect her interests in his estate. If Ariane had died before her father did, the will states that his finances would have gone to her nanny, Myra Quizon.
Meanwhile, the executor of his estate will be her mother, Ottavia Busia, whom he married in 2007.
Although Bourdain and Busia separated in 2016, their divorce was not finalized before his death. Since their divorce was not finalized, Busia is still legally his next of kin. (Bourdain and girlfriend Asia Argento began dating after meeting during the filming of his CNN show Parts Unknown in 2016.)
Bourdain gave his “accumulated frequent flyer miles” to Busia, and asked her to “dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes,” according to the outlets. The same instructions were stated for his cars, furniture, books, clothing and household items.
The New York City condo, which Bourdain and Busia bought in 2014, is not listed in the will, but the filings indicate a $1 million mortgage liability for an unspecified property. “I own an apartment with a mortgage that my ex-wife and my daughter live in, and I’m a renter. I should always be a renter,” Bourdain told PEOPLE in February. “I regret buying that apartment. The bank owns it, and then you’re stuck with it.”
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On June 8, the culinary star was found dead of suicide in his hotel room in Kaysersberg, France, while in the country filming an upcoming episode of Parts Unknown with his close friend, French-born chef Eric Ripert.
Fourteen days after his death, a completed toxicology report revealed that Bourdain had no narcotics in his system at the time of his death, a French judicial official told the New York Times, which reported that there was only a “trace of a nonnarcotic medicine in a therapeutic dose” in his system.
Speaking with PEOPLE about what he liked to splurge on, Bourdain recalled, “Chef’s knife. A really expensive chef’s knife, hand-made.”
Days before his death, Bourdain purchased a painting by artist John Lurie titled, “The sky is falling, I am learning to live with it.”