On Thursday, July 5, Page Six reported that Anthony left his $1.2 million fortune — despite other outlets previously alleging his net worth to be around $16 million — to his only child, 11-year-old daughter Ariane Busia-Bourdain. According to court documents, Anthony’s assets allgedly 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.”
However, TMZ later reported on Friday, July 6 that Anthony’s fortune may actually be much larger than his will indicated. The TV star is thought to have additonally created a trust outside of his will that included an undisclosed amount of assets. According to TMZ, wealthy individuals often create trusts outside of their will for tax purposes or privacy reasons.
Since Anthony’s daughter, Ariane, is still a minor, the court will allegedly appoint a guardian to protect her interests in his estate. Ariane’s mother, Ottavia Busia — whom the Parts Unknown star married in 2007 — was named the executor of Anthony’s estate. The documents also reportedly stated that if Ariane had passed away before her father, Anthony’s fortune would have gone to her nanny, Myra Quizon.
Anthony and his estranged wife, Ottavia. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)</cente
Though Anthony and Ottavia separated in 2016, they were still legally married at the time of his death so she remains his next of kin. Anthony reportedly left his “accumulated frequent flyer miles” to his ex-wife and allegedly asked Ottavia to “dispose of [them] in accordance with what [she] believes to have been my wishes.” The same instructions were reportedly given for Anthony’s cars, furniture, books, clothing, and other household items.
Anthony and Ottavia also owned an NYC condo together, but the star was not living in the property. He once opened up about the condo — which was not listed in his will — in an interview and revealed he regretted purchasing the home. “I own an apartment with a mortgage that my ex-wife and my daughter live in, and I’m a renter. I should always be a renter. I regret buying that apartment. The bank owns it, and then you’re stuck with it,” he previously told People.
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