Anthony Bourdain's will reveals he left his estate to his daughter

Anthony Bourdain

Globe-trotting chef, author and TV host Anthony Bourdain was worth only $US1.2 million ($1.6 million) when he died last month, according to court papers filed this week in NY.

The will reportedly states that Bourdain's 11-year-old daughter, Ariane Busia-Bourdain, will receive the majority of his fortune.

Within his will, Bourdain had $425,000 in savings and cash, $35,000 in brokerage money, $250,000 in personal property, and $500,000 in "intangible property including royalties and residuals" at the time of his death.

The court documents also reveal that Bourdain had a $1.1 million mortgage, but the exact property is not stated. Bourdain's estranged wife, Ottavia Busia-Bourdain, will serve as executor of his estate, as well as inherit "personal and household effects", including cars and frequent flier miles, to use "in accordance with what (she) believes to have been my wishes".

Anthony Bourdain's wallet had far less in it than most people would have figured when he hanged himself in June.

Bourdain's will was written in 2016, before his split with Busia-Bourdain.

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Bourdain appointed Ottavia to oversee the trust until Ariane, the primary beneficiary, comes of age.

Bourdain's profile soared in 1999 when The New Yorker published his article Don't Eat Before Reading This, which he developed into the 2000 book, Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.

A guardian for Ariane will be chosen by the court because she is underage.

He was dating Italian actress Asia Argento when he committed suicide in a hotel room in France amid.

Bourdain, 61, had been working on the new episode of his show with CNN, "Parts Unknown".

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