Gandolfini Leaves Bulk of $70M Estate to Kids
By JACKIE WILLIS
July 03, 2013
James Gandolofini left quite the estate thanks to his days playing a gangster on The Sopranos. It's being reported that the late actor, who died two weeks ago in Italy at age 51, has left millions to his friends and family, the most going to his two "beloved" children, teenage son Michael and baby daughter Liliana Ruth.
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Gandolfini's 17-page will, which was made on Dec. 19, 2012, was filed quietly at Manhattan Surrogate's Court on Tuesday, June 2, and shows that Michael, who reportedly was the one who found his father dead on their hotel bathroom floor, is to get the bulk of the estate when he turns 21, but there are some requests. The teen has acquired all of his father's jewelry and clothing in addition to first dibs on his father's Greenwich condo in New York City.
As for the house in Italy, Michael and his sister will own that 50/50 when she turns 25, but their father does ask that they keep the home in the family. "It is my hope and desire that they will continue to own said property and keep it in our family for as long as possible," he requests.
That being said, the documents do say Gandolfini's other properties can be sold. According to The New York Post, at the time of his death the actor owned a "$1.1 million home in Califon, NJ and a $7 million, 3,000-square-foot duplex penthouse at the Fairchild Building on Vestry Street in Tribeca." The Post also reports the actor's estate adds up to an estimated $70 million.
Most of his remaining estate has been left to his sisters Johanna Antonacci and Leta Gandolfini and his second wife Deborah Lin. He also left $100,000 to his godson Robert Joseph Parish and $50,000 to his two friends, Doug Katz and Fatima Bae. He only asks that Katz "use it for the benefit of his son." He also gave half a million dollars to his nieces Laura and Jenna Antonacci.
More papers are expected to surface over the next nine months from the generous actor once his family and lawyers get a handle on his estate, but this is the primary filing.