Anthony Bourdain Leaves Most of His Estate to Young Daughter

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
July 6, 2018 Updated: July 6, 2018

Anthony Bourdain chose to leave most of his estate to his 11-year-old daughter, according to new documents.

Bourdain committed suicide in June in France, leaving behind his wife Ottavia Busia-Bourdain and their daughter Ariane.

According to documents obtained by the New York Post, Bourdain was worth $1.21 million at the time of his death.

The documents, including a will, stipulate that the bulk of the estate be left to Ariane.

The estate includes $425,000 in cash and savings, $250,000 in personal property, and $500,000 in intangible property such as royalties.

The documents don’t include a condominium in the Manhattan borough of New York City that Bourdain and Busia-Bourdain bought in 2014, but do indicate a $1 million mortgage liability for an unspecified property.

Husband and daughter pressing the duck #teamwork

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The will instructed Busia-Bourdain to dispose of Bourdain’s cars, furniture, books, and other belongings “in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes,” Bourdain wrote.

Because of Ariane’s young age, the court is expected to appoint a guardian to protect her interests.

Ariane was Bourdain’s only child.

Several days after Bourdain died on June 8, Busia-Bourdain posted a picture of Ariane performing at a concert on June 11, according to the Daily Mail.

“Our little girl had her concert today. She was amazing. So strong and brave. She wore the boots you bought her. I hope you are having a good trip, wherever you are,” the caption said.




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Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.