Thursday 22 February 2018

Gandolfini leaves bulk of $70m to his son and daughter

Rachael Alexander

James Gandolfini has left the bulk of his estimated $70m (€53m) estate to his 13-year-old son and infant daughter.

The late 'Sopranos' star also left millions to his wife and relatives.

According to the 'New York Post' a will dated December 19 last was filed this week in Manhattan Surrogate's Court.

Gandolfini's son, Michael, is to get the lion's portion through a trust set aside for him until he turns 21.

He'll split his father's Italian property with his half-sister, eight-month-old Liliana, when she turns 25.

The newspaper says the remainder of Gandolfini's estate will be split among his wife, Deborah Lin, sisters and daughter. He left $200,000 each to his personal assistant and secretary.

The will is the first and primary filing of his estate, more documents are expected to be filed later.

The star who shot to fame as Tony Soprano died on June 19 after suffering a heart attack during a trip to Italy.

According to the 'Post' "beloved" son Michael, who found him in the bathroom of their Rome hotel room and called for help, will receive a trust at the age of 21.

He will also be the recipient of all of his father's "clothing and jewellery", which contains an extensive collection of wristwatches that he will be able to "distribute in his sole determination". His father was the face of Kobold Watches.

As far as real estate, Michael will get the option to buy his father's Manhattan apartment. And he will split his father's Italian property, which includes a house and land, with his sister when she turns 25.

PROPERTY

"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," Gandolfini noted.

The remainder of the estate will be split among Gandolfini's two sisters, who will get 30pc each, and his second wife Deborah Lin and daughter Liliana, who will each receive 20pc.

Gandolfini also left monetary payouts to a select few of his nearest and dearest, including his two nieces ($500,000 each), personal assistant ($200,000), secretary ($200,000), godson ($100,000), and two other friends ($50,000 each).

His funeral was held on June 27 and was attended by many members of 'The Sopranos' cast as well as Alec Baldwin and John Turturro.

Irish Independent

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