Nearly a month after celebrity chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was found dead in his hotel room in France on June 8, Page Six has acquired court documents detailing the execution of his last will and testament, written in 2016. According to the report, he leaves behind a $1.2 million estate, despite previous estimates placing his estate at $16 million.
Bourdain’s will leaves the majority of his money to his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane; because she is still a minor, the court will appoint a guardian to protect her interests in the estate. Page Six reports that had Ariane died before Bourdain, the money would have gone to her nanny, Myra Quizon.
Court papers detail Bourdain’s assets to include $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 East 94th Street condo he purchased with his estranged wife Ottavia Busia in 2014 is not listed; however, there is a $1 million mortgage liability for an unspecified property.
In February, Bourdain told People that he regrets purchasing the 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. I regret buying that apartment. The bank owns it, and then you’re stuck with it.”
Bourdain and Busia separated in 2016, but their divorce was not finalized at the time of his death, meaning she is still his legal next of kin, per Page Six. The outlet reports that control over his estate goes to Busia, as do Bourdain’s “accumulated frequent flier miles.” His will asks her to “dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been [his] wishes.” The same instructions were left for cars, furniture, books, clothing and other household items and the remainder of Bourdain’s assets will go to his daughter.
When Bourdain spoke to People in February, he described himself as happy and said he felt “some responsibility” to “at least try to live” since his daughter was born. He was dating actor Asia Argento at the time of his death by suicide while he was in France filming an upcoming episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown with close friend and chef Éric Ripert.
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