Robin Williams left huge '$100 million estate' to his children when he died

Lottie O'Neill July 21, 2022
Robin Williams left huge '$100 million estate' to his children when he died
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Actor Robin Williams left a $100 million estate to his three children in his will when he died.

The Jumanji actor passed away from suicide at the age of 63 in 2014. His death had shocked the world, from Hollywood elites to avid fans of his work.

The comedian, born on July 21, 1951, had 109 acting credits to his name. He appeared in greats such as Good Will Hunting and Mork & Mindy.

As his death devastated the globe and his family, he made sure his children were looked after with a will and trust funds.

However, it wasn’t a smooth process as they grieved for their father. They became a part of a legal dispute with stepmother Susan Schneider Williams.

‘The world will never be the same’

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His children penned tributes to their father following the news of Robin Williams’ death.

Zachary said at the time: “Yesterday, I lost my father and a best friend and the world got a little grayer.”

Cody wrote: “The world will never be the same without him.”

Whereas Zelda penned: “Dad was, is and always will be one of the kindest, most generous, gentlest souls I’ve ever known, and while there are few things I know for certain right now, one of them is that not just my world, but the entire world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence. We’ll just have to work twice as hard to fill it back up again.”

$100 million-plus estate and trust funds

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The actor had three children with two women, before marrying for a third time a few years before his death.

According to Vanity Fair, the comedian had left his entire $100 million-plus estate to his three children. Zachary, 39, from his first marriage to Valerie Valrdi, and Zelda, 32 and Cody, 30, from his second marriage to Marsha Garces had gone over the provisions in the will.

After a legal dispute with his third wife after his death, it was settled between them following several months. It wasn’t until 2015 when a judge finally ruled over the provisions after discussions.

TMZ also reported he set up trust funds for his three children. Each child would receive a third of the share when they reached 21 years old. Then they’d receive half of what remained four years later and the full share aged 30. It was not dependent on Robin’s death if it were to happen.

Legal dispute over Robin William’s will

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The dispute was over the provision in Robin William’s will that said Susan will continue to live in the home they shared. Although, his children will also eventually inherit that home as part of the $100 million-plus estate.

Zachary, Valerie and Zelda thought Susan was “seeking to increase her share of the trust assets at the expense” of them. Susan was seeking to hold onto personal items from her and Williams’ life together.

It was reported following the dispute that Susan would remain in the home and receive an allowance to cover living and home expenses for the rest of her life.

Both sides had been interested in memorabilia such as his bicycles, fossil collection and various photographs. However, when settled, Susan was allowed to keep emotional items such as wedding gifts, a watch, and the bike they purchased on their honeymoon.

His children retained Robin Williams’ awards, including Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Good Will Hunting. There was also six Golden Globes, five Grammys and two Emmys.

The siblings were “relieved” to have the fight behind them, their attorney said at the time, reports People. Susan herself also said she can “live in peace knowing that my husband’s wishes were honored”.

If you are affected by any issues raised in the article or would like someone to speak to, please call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. You can also email them at [email protected] or visit samaritans.org to find your nearest branch in the UK. In the US, please visit Samaritans USA for more information.

You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to get in touch with the Crisis Text Line. Americans can now call or text 988 to reach out and speak to a counsellor.

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Lottie is the Head of Audience for Entertainment and Gaming, working with the teams on HITC, Reality Titbit, The Focus and Freshered. She is passionate about news being accessible to everyone, and focuses on bringing audiences quality content that they enjoy. She loves the art of storytelling, whether that be news, movies or heavy hardback fiction.