CNN’s Anthony Bourdain’s 12 year old daughter major beneficiary of his will

Anthony Bourdain

Ariane Busia-Bourdain, the 11-year-old daughter of late celebrity chef and TV host, Anthony Bourdain, who committed suicide in June, is the major beneficiary of his $1.2 million estate.

According to USA Today, who obtained a copy of the TV host’s will on Friday from Manhattan’s Surrogate Court, which was filed by his estranged wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, on Thursday.

The document showed that Bourdain’s $1.2 million in assets was made up of $425,000 in savings and cash, $35,000 in brokerage accounts, $250,000 in personal property and $500,000 in intangibles such as royalties and residuals from his TV work and books like his breakthrough 2000 memoir “Kitchen Confidential.”


Reports had listed Bourdain’s wealth to be far higher, around $16 million. But he told Wealthsimple in 2017 that “reports of my net worth are about ten times overstated.”

However, the $1.2 million declared in the will may not be his only assets. Bourdain’s will also established a trust. Unlike wills, trusts are not processed in probate court and do not become public record, allowing their contents to remain private.

Bourdain appointed Ottavia to oversee the trust until Ariane, the primary beneficiary, comes of age. She will receive money from the trust when she turns 25 and 30 and then receive access to the balance when she turns 35.

In addition to naming Ottavia as his executor, Bourdain bequeathed her his household effects, including cars, furniture, books and frequent flier miles, “to dispose of in accordance with what (she) believes to have been my wishes.”

News of Bourdain’s suicide shocked the world on the morning of June 8 when CNN, which aired “Parts Unknown,” reported that Bourdain’s friend chef Eric Ripert had found him unresponsive in his room at a luxury hotel in eastern France where they had been filming segments for an upcoming episode.

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