Anthony Bourdain worth only $1.2M at time of death, will reveals

Sergio Cunningham
July 6, 2018

A copy of Bourdain's will was filed in a NY court Thursday and the celebrity chef/TV host left behind about $1.2 million in known assets at the time of his death.

The papers filed in Manhattan Surrogate's Court showed that Bourdain had $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".

Ariane's mother and Bourdain's ex-wife Ottavia Busia is the executor of his estate and legally his next of kin as their divorce was never finalized.

Ottavia Busia and Anthony Bourdain in November 2015.

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Bourdain's will was written in 2016, before his split with Busia-Bourdain.

A new report reveals who will receive Anthony Bourdain's fortune. He also gave her his "personal and household effects", to "dispose of in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes". He left similar instructions for other things, such as his auto, clothing and books.

Bourdain told The New Yorker in 2017 that his idea for Parts Unknown, which was then in its 11th season, was travelling, eating and doing whatever he wanted. Bourdain's book "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly" (2000) was a New York Times bestseller. The will says that if Ariane had died before Bourdain, her nanny Myra Quizon would have received that money.

The court will choose a guardian of the estate to safekeep Ariane's inheritance until she is of age, according to the documents.

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