Anthony Bourdain's Will Reveals the Value of His Estate and Who Will Receive It

Anthony Bourdain's Will Reveals the Value of His Estate and Who Will Receive It

The chef and Parts Unknown host drafted his will while he was still with his ex Ottavia Busia.

By Alesandra Dubin
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Anthony Bourdain died on June 8 in France by apparent suicide, and now, less than a month later, court documents reveal more about what he left behind, and which loved ones he designated to receive it.

According to Manhattan Surrogate’s Court documents filed July 5 and cited in The Daily News, Bourdain had $425,000 in savings and cash, $35,000 in brokerage money, $250,000 in personal property, and $500,000 in “intangible property including royalties and residuals" at the time of his death. The total value of the estate was worth approximately $1.2 million.

Page Six notes that this figure is a significant difference from the "previous estimates" of its value at about $16 million.

Bourdain chose his daughter Ariane to receive most of the estate.

Although Bourdain was in a relationship with Asia Argento when he died, he was still married to Ottavia Busia, and she is named as the will's executor. 

Bourdain's will also stipulated that Busia should receive his “personal and household effects" — including, as was specifically named, his frequent-flyer miles — “to dispose of in accordance with what (she) believes to have been my wishes.”

The court will pick a guardian to "safeguard" Ariane's inheritance as she is a minor.

Bourdain's toxicology report revealed no drugs were in his system at the time of his death.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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