Most of Anthony Bourdain's $1.21M fortune will go to 11-year-old daughter Ariane

Anthony Bourdain has left behind most of his estate in the name of his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane, while making his estranged wife the executor of the estate.


                            Most of Anthony Bourdain's $1.21M fortune will go to 11-year-old daughter Ariane

Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has left most of his estate, amounting to $1.2 million, in the name of his 11-year-old daughter, Ariane. It was also revealed on Thursday that the late TV chef, who hanged himself to death last month, was himself worth $1.21 million. Document of his will filed on Thursday in Manhattan Surrogate's Court revealed the exact breakup: cash worth $425,000, $35,000 in brokerage accounts, $250,000 in personal property, and $500,000 in “intangible property including royalties and residuals.”

According to the New York Daily News, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, his estranged wife, is listed as the executor of his estate. Apparently, Bourdain also has a mortgage worth $1.1 million although the mortgage is not specified. However, the documents do not list the East 94th Street condo which Bourdain had bought in 2014. Probably this is the property with the mortgage liability of $1.1 million.

Page Six reports that Bourdain, who had traveled all around the world for his culinary show, gave his "accumulated frequent flier miles" to his wife which he asked her to "dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes,” in his will. He left similar instructions for cars, furniture, books, clothing and other household items. 

Ariane is Anthony's only child, and legally she will inherit the remainder of his assets. However, if something were to happen to her before his death, according to the will, the money would have then gone to Ariane's nanny Myra Quizon. The court is yet to appoint a guardian to protect the child's interests in the estate, as she is only a minor. The estate's attorney has not returned any immediate replies to the messages from various publications, seeking comments. 

Ottavia Busia is listed as the executor of Bourdain's estate. (Getty Images)
Ottavia Busia is listed as the executor of Bourdain's estate. (Getty Images)

The larger-than-life figure took his life on June 8 while shooting for an upcoming episode of 'Parts Unknown' in France with the French chef Eric Ripert, who found him unresponsive in the hotel room. In a statement, CNN authorities stated: "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain...His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us, and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time."

Eric Ripert took to Twitter to express his grief upon losing his friend, "Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones." Bourdain was known for his TV shows and books, including 'A Cook's Tour' and 'No Reservations.'