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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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31.

betty    

I have two actor children (adults) One was actually in The Ten Things I Hate About You with Heath.
You would be surprised how little actors' take home pay ends up. They have to pay their agent (10%) their manager (15%) their publicist (5%) Then there are security people and income tax preparers.
Also out of your earnings are payments to the Screen Actor's Guild, AFTRA, Actor's Equity, Federal tax, state tax, medicare and social security tax.
Add it up yourself.
Heath took roles not for how much money he would be paid but for how great the parts were.
$145,000 would be on the low side but sixty million? I really doubt that.
Did he pay cash for the Brooklyn loft, for instance? That would take a chunk out of your savings.

2349 days ago
32.

jersey    

IT IS NONE OF OUR BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2349 days ago
33.

esby77    

well, duh! the apartment in soho he was found in cost $25,000/month...at that rate the $145,000 wouldn't have lasted him very long!

2349 days ago
34.

SUP    

Why is it that everyone is worried about whether or not little Matilda will have lots of dough..If she were from a normal family and her daddy passed no one would make a fuss. The mom would work and support them. But of course because Heath had bank that little girl needs to grow up spoiled. Why doesnt anyone ask, how will that little girl grow up without a dad not how will she grow up without his money? Serisouly though!

2349 days ago
35.

Christina Smyth    

Why is everyone so worried about the kid? It's not like mom lives in a trailer park.

2349 days ago
36.

Awww, don't cry    

Why is ANY of this the public's business? You nosey stupid bastards

2349 days ago
37.

dust    

I've heard enough about this pill popping loser.

2349 days ago
38.

bewildered bystander    

Why not file a wrongful death lawsuit against those Billionare Scarecrows called the Olsen Twins, you know the ones that gave Keith the DRUGS that killed him...

2349 days ago
39.

Jane    

The $145,000.00 is probably the money he had in the U.S. when he died. Even if the will was updated, it would not necessarily indicate the dollar amount of his assets, which constantly fluctuates. Regardless, no way this guy had $60 million. even at $5 million a movie for the last half-dozen, which I bet he did not get, except maybe for the yet-unreleased Batman movie, that would be "only" $30 million. Subtract what the agent, manager, tax man and others take out of that and he probably was left with maybe half of that, or $15 million, before his regular living expenses. Subtract what he spent over the last 5 years and the Estate is probably not much over $10 million. Certainly not chump change, but certainly not $60 million.

2349 days ago
40.

Tangie    

Jane is stupid.

2349 days ago
41.

April Fouels    

The apartment was owned by Olsen Enterprises.

2349 days ago
42.

FlBiker    

#38 Jane

You are probably just about right.

2349 days ago
43.

SoliZ's_GuRl    

who cares about his money....gold digging family thats who...and matildas momma makes bank so whats the big effing deal??i think shell be fine......... i am and im broke! lol

2349 days ago
44.

MH    

Isn't this what so many of us were trying to tell TMZ in response to the 'Broker than a Joker' story the other day?

2349 days ago
45.

del    

If Michelle had wanted his money she'd have married him, not broken up with him, All American Dork.

2349 days ago
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