James Gandolfini left most of his $70 million estate to his two children
Six months before he died, actor James Gandolfini signed a will leaving most of his $70 million fortune to his two children.
Documents filed Tuesday in Manhattan Surrogate’s Court, and obtained by the New York Post, show the “Sopranos” star remembered other members of his family and some close friends, but the majority of his assets and personal belongings were left to his 13-year-son, Michael, and 8-month-old daughter, Liliana Ruth.
Michael, who was vacationing with his father in Italy on June 19 when the actor died of a heart attack, will receive the bulk of the estate through a trust set aside for him until he turns 21. He will also receive his father's clothing and jewelry and first option to purchase his father's condominium (and parking space) in New York City's Greenwich Village neighborhood.
The will states that "other provisions" have been made for Gandolfini's wife, Deborah Lin, who will also split the remainder of the estate with their young daughter and the actor's two sisters.
Michael Gandolfini also will split his father’s house and land in Italy with his sister. When they both turn 25, the property will be transferred to them. "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," the documents state.
The 51-year-old actor also left $200,000 to his assistant, $50,000 to a friend, $500,000 each to his two nieces, $100,000 to his godson, and $250,000 to two friends.
About 1,500 fans, family members and friends, including Gandolfini's "Sopranos" co-stars, attended the actor's funeral last week in New York.