Anthony Bourdain's Will Reveals Fortune Goes Mostly to Daughter

Globe-trotting chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was worth $1.2 million when he died last month and left most of the estate to his 11-year-old daughter, according to court papers filed this week in NY.

But there's also an undisclosed amount of money in a trust, according to TMZ.

Christian de Rocquigny, the French public prosecutor overseeing the case, confirmed to The New York Times and People that Bourdain's cause of death was suicide by hanging.

However, the $1.2 million declared in the will may not be his only assets. The "Parts Unknown" host's net worth had previously been estimated at around $16 million.

According to The New York Post's Page Six, Bourdain's assets included $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".

His will, obtained by USA TODAY Friday from Manhattan's Surrogate Court, was filed by estranged wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain Thursday.

Since his divorce with Busia was never formalized, she is legally still his next of kin. Bourdain asked her to "dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes", Page Six noted. TMZ also notes this is a common move for people of substantial wealth, created to be both tax advantageous and a measure of privacy protection.

Anthony Bourdain and ex-wife Ottavia Busia.

According to the Daily News, the court will appoint someone to "safeguard" the inheritance as long as Ariane is a minor. "I regret buying that apartment".

Though the amount seems relatively low for a TV personality, Bourdain set aside a separate trust, which is now of unknown value and assets.

At the time of his death, Bourdain was dating Italian actress Asia Argento.

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