Here's Who Inherited Anthony Bourdain's Money After He Died

In 2018, the news of renowned chef Anthony Bourdain's death was the subject of headlines. Bourdain was found deceased in his hotel room in France where he was filming for his TV series "Parts Unknown." The celebrated chef's fans and colleagues in the culinary industry posted their tributes on various social media channels where they described Bourdain as a "giant talent," "unapologetically honest," "generous," and "an "exceptional human being," as reported by CNN.

After the news broke, more details surrounding his death were revealed. It was his fellow chef and good friend, Eric Ripert, who found Bourdain unresponsive in his room. Ripert became worried for Bourdain when he didn't show up for dinner the night before and for breakfast that day. Per ATI, Bourdain struggled with mental health issues and was once addicted to heroin in his youth, but toxicology reports indicated no narcotics in his system when he died. The cause of his death was deemed a suicide, and he was 61 years old. He left behind a daughter, Ariane Bourdain, who he shared with his ex, Ottavia Busia.

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Anthony Bourdain's last will

At the time of his death, Anthony Bourdain reportedly had a net worth of $1.2 million. Based on court documents, he had $425,000 in savings, $250,000 worth of personal property, and $35,000 in brokerage accounts. In addition to that, he also had $500,000 in royalties and intangible property, as reported by Variety. The amount may seem low for a big celebrity chef like Bourdain, as he had a few TV shows, books, and a publishing house, among other ventures. However, the number obtained from the court documents is only a portion of his wealth, as he had a separate trust with an undisclosed value.

In his last will, Bourdain left the majority of his estate to his daughter Ariane Bourdain, who was only 11 years old at the time of the chef's death. Ariane's mother, Ottavia Busia, serves as the executor of the estate and was left with the chef's personal possessions. Since Ariane was a minor when Bourdain died, a guardian was tasked to ensure that her inheritance is properly handled until she becomes of age. According to USA Today, Ariane will be given money from the trust on her 25th birthday, and then again when turns 30 years old. At 35 years old, she will have access to the remainder of the amount in the trust.