James Gandolfini’s Will: How Is Beloved ‘Sopranos’ Actor Dividing $70M Estate?

By Philip Ross on July 3, 2013 2:42 PM EDT

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James Gandolfini passed away June 19 in Italy from a heart attack. Pictured, a newspaper and bouquet of flowers adorn a booth in Holsten's Ice Cream Shop, which was the location of the final scene where the TV show "The Sopranos" was filmed in Bloomfield, N.J. (Photo: Reuters)

James Gandolfini's will, detailing how the beloved "Sopranos" star's $70 million estate will be distributed among his surviving family and friends, was made public through documents filed with the Manhattan Surrogate's Court on Tuesday. James Gandolfini, who passed away in Italy last month at the age of 51, left the bulk of his fortune to his two kids - his 13-year-old son Michael and his 8-month-old daughter, Liliana Ruth.

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According to James Gandolfini's will, Michael, who discovered his father's body sprawled on the bathroom floor of a hotel in Rome on June 19, will get all of his dad's clothing and jewelry, as well as the Greenwich Street condo in the West Village. A trust has been set aside for the teen, who will get the bulk of James Gandolfini's fortune when he turns 21.

The New York Post reports that at the time of James Gandolfini's unexpected death, he owned a $1.1 million home in Califon, N.J., and a $7 million, 3,000-square-foot penthouse in Tribeca. While those two properties are not specifically mentioned in the will, Gandolfini's estate in Italy is. The home will be split 50-50 between Michael Gandolfini and his younger sister when she turns 25.

"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," James Gandolfini stated in the 17-page court document.

Gandolfini's will, signed Dec. 19, 2012, specifies a number of other friends and family members to whom the star bequeathed portions of his estate.

Also on James Gandolfini's beneficiary list? His nieces, who will each get $500,000; a number of his friends, receiving between $50,000 and $200,000; his godson, $100,000, and even his personal assistant, who will get $200,000 of the actor's $70 million fortune.

The actor left all his "tangible property," aside from what was specifically divided among other family members, to his wife, Deborah Lin, whom the actor married in 2008.  

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