After the suicide of celebrity chef and global explorer Anthony Bourdain a month ago, a surprising revelation turned up in his will, which is valued at only $1.2 million — far less than the $16 million at which the CNN personality’s fortune had been estimated.
Media reports today cite court papers breaking down Bourdain’s will, which leaves the bulk of the money to his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane Busia-Bourdain. Her mother, Anthony Bourdain’s estranged wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, is named as trustee.
“His assets include $425,000 in ‘cash and savings,’ $35,000 in a brokerage account, $250,000 and ‘personal property,’ and $500,000 in ‘intangible property including royalties and residuals,’ according to court papers,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports.
“We obtained a copy of Bourdain’s will, and it appears he created a trust outside the will which contained an undisclosed amount of assets,” TMZ reports. “It’s very common for rich folk to create trusts outside of their will … partly for tax purposes and partly for privacy.”
The TMZ report adds that Bourdain’s will “surprised lots of people when it was revealed he died with around $1.2 mil in assets, because everyone thought he was way richer … turns out, he was.”