Anthony Bourdain Left His Estate to His Daughter – And It’s Not That Much, According to the Will

By Yelena Mandenberg Yelena Mandenberg has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on July 6, 2018

Less than a month after chef and reality star Anthony Bourdain committed suicide, his will was made public. Anthony Bourdain left his estate to his daughter, who is 11-years-old. A court-appointed guardian will be in charge until Ariana comes of age. In addition, the estate was only valued at $1.2 million – a lot less than the $16 million that Bourdain was rumored to have.

Bourdain previously talked about the fact that he was poor at managing his money. Despite many of his own successful TV shows and contracts with the Travel Channel, the chef didn’t save much.

“I think the people who calculate these things assume that I live a lot more sensibly than I do,” Bourdain told Wealthsimple. The star chef has never been quiet about the fact that he worked paycheck-to-paycheck until his 40’s, and admitted that he was terrible at handling money.

Anthony Bourdain left his estate to his daughter and appointed his estranged wife and mother of his daughter, Ottavia Busia as the executor of his will. Despite their divorce, the Bourdain and Busia stayed close and co-parented their daughter.

The Daily Mail reports:

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 court records obtained by the NY Daily News.

The documents also indicate that Bourdain has a mortgage worth $1.1million, but the corresponding property is not specified.

Bourdain also gave Busia his frequent flier miles with instructions to “dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes,” according to the will. He left similar instructions for other household possessions and vehicles.

He left the rest of his state to 11-year-old Ariana, who he’s pictured with below.

Bourdain committed suicide on June 8th, at age 61, in his hotel room in France while filming an episode of Parts Unknown.

By Yelena Mandenberg Yelena Mandenberg has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

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Yelena Mandenberg is the Ideas Editor at Grit Daily with a passion for news of all sorts. Finishing Brooklyn College with a degree in Print Media Journalism as the industry died out, she began working as a freelancer.After spending some time working in the retail industry, Yelena started BK Riot Writing, a marketing company that caters to small and local businesses, creating content that helps them compete. From her South Brooklyn apartment where she lives with her cat & tortoise, Yelena is always seeking something new and interesting to cover.

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