Bourdain leaves bulk of $1.2 million estate to 11-year-old daughter

Yolanda Curtis
July 7, 2018

Court papers show globe-trotting chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was worth $1.2 million when he died last month.

Anthony's estate includes $425,000 in cash, $35,000 in brokerage accounts, $250,000 in personal property, and $500,000 in "intangible property including royalties and residuals", according to documents obtained by the NY Daily News. Bourdain's wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain is listed as the trustee in the will.

Bourdain's will was written in 2016, before his split with Busia-Bourdain. He left her all his "personal and household effects" to "to dispose of in accordance with what (she) believes to have been my wishes".

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Despite assumptions that Bourdain was worth about $16 million, his fortune amounted to only $1.21 million when Bourdain hanged himself in a hotel bathroom in Kraysersberg, France, on June 8.

Ottavia Busia-Bourdain broke her silence following his death with a sentimental post to Instagram of their daughter, who had her first concert with her band, Newsday noted.

Bourdain's breakthrough as an author came with the 2000 publication of "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly".

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A guardian for Ariane will be chosen by the court because she is underage.

Ariane, his only child, will inherit the remainder of his assets. If her father had outlived her, his estate would have been awarded to her nanny, Myra Quizon. Bourdain was dating actress and activist Asia Argento at the time of his death by suicide.

In 2013, Peabody Award judges honoured Bourdain and "Parts Unknown" for "expanding our palates and horizons in equal measure".

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