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Heath Worth a Helluva Lot More Than $145K

3/25/2008 5:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There have been news reports that Heath Ledger left a grand total of $145,000 in his estate, and, as a result, his daughter might not be taken care of properly -- BOGUS!

True, we know the will lists $145,000 in assets. But here's the deal. The will was drafted in 2003. Since then, sources say, Heath accumulated lots of jack, from movies like "Lords of Dogtown," "The Brothers Grimm," "Brokeback Mountain," "Casanova," "Candy," "I'm Not There" and "The Dark Knight."

We're told Heath has considerably more assets than the $145k. On top of that, sources say he lived all over the world and was smart enough to know all of his money shouldn't sit in the U.S., where taxes are a bitch.

On the other hand, one of Heath's uncles has said the late actor's estate is valued at $60 mil. We're told that's absurd as well (on the high side), and the uncle doesn't know jack since he's been estranged from the family as well.

Bottom line -- Matilda will be fine, and there's a lot of $$$ on the line.

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16.

tickles    

How in the hell do you equate Michelle Williams with Gold Digger, #12? Heath, although a very fine actor never reached the top of the food chain (so to speak) in Hollywood's pecking order of big paychecks until he took on the role of The Joker.
While many of his other roles were starring roles...they were considered to be flops in consideration of how much money was made. Even Brokeback Mountain did not make money at the box office. Heath seemed to have chosen his roles based on the character he would be playing rather than how much money he would make. I think when you consider in his age and the types of roles he has played and the movies not reaching box office expectations...his estate in proabably worth about 20 million.
Michelle Williams met Heath during Brokeback Mountain (in which she was also starring) and they had broke up before he took the role in The Dark Knight. She is a fine actress in her own right and I am pretty sure she did not hook up with Heath and have a baby hoping that he would hit it big (monetary-wise) and then die at a very young age.

2314 days ago
17.

John    

Wait, uhh, TMZ reported he was worth $145k a few weeks ago. So you're calling your previous stories BOGUS?

2314 days ago
18.

Reddesires    

His father is trying to steal it from the daughter just like he did with his fathers until the courts stopped him. Greedy a$$

2314 days ago
19.

Bryan    

TMZ .....GET OUT OF THE DEAD MAN'S WALLET! HOW THE HELL DO YOU KNOW WHAT HE DOES AND DOES NOT HAVE??!

2314 days ago
20.

Nor Cal Reader    

Dallas-- I would but I just have too much integrity to work for TMZ. They're like looking at the tabloids while in the check out line at the store. You wanna look but you hope no one catches you. Thanks for the support though!

2314 days ago
21.

MOM    

oh who god damn cares boo hoo

2314 days ago
22.

wewearshort-shorts    

This is such old news. A couple of weeks after Heath passed away media outlets were reporting about his will and how it hadn't been updated since the birth of Matilda. Smart people would know that the $145K was an old figure, being that it was from his will dated in '03. Jeesh. Anything to conjur up an old story.

2314 days ago
23.

Mark    

Usually a will does not give the the value of the estate, but the purpose of the will is to distribute the monies in a percentage amount or even dollars amount to those you want to have the estate. So whoever drew up the will was not real smart.

2314 days ago
24.

April Fouels    

In the Financial circles, it is well known that Heath Ledger did not keep, or invest any monies in the U.S., he only kept what he thought he might need for necessities, and emergencies, as health care and other unforseeable incidents. It is also well known that he had a Swiss bank account, and Offshore/ tax exemt investments. These are very hard to be claimed by family after a death. Other than the miniscule amounts spent on futilities, he had no gambling or other high-dollar problems. He was an up and coming commodity Hollywood investors were counting on. And it is basically no one elses buisness.

2314 days ago
25.

Liz    

Toni - You might want to damn someone you know!

2314 days ago
26.

Kate    

Why are people acting like Michelle Williams is destitute? She is a working actress that has her own money. Michelle wasn't dependent on Heath. They haven't even been together in about a year.

2314 days ago
27.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    



Matilda is next of kin -- -- Shame on this greedy sounding dad. Makes one wonder what he did to Heath , doesn' it ?

2314 days ago
28.

Stacie    

I'm fairly sure Matilda would be "fine" even if Heath didn't have a lot of money. I'm sure Michelle has money of her own.

2314 days ago
29.

Only swim in the Ocean    

Mainstream Media reported Heath's world-wide Estate was worth about $40 million, shortly after his death.

TMZ has simply created a silly story and then vaingloriously shot their own bogus story down.

2314 days ago
30.

AF    

Frankly, it is nobody's business but the family's. They should be left alone, after all they are still grieving!

2314 days ago
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