Shalom Life | October 16, 2015

Joan Rivers Leaves Money to Jewish Charities in Will

Rivers donated towards Jewish Guild Healthcare and the Simon Wiesenthal Center

By: Sara Torvik

Published: December 15th, 2014 in Culture » Society » News

Joan Rivers passed away unexpectedly on September 4 at the age of 81, leaving her daughter Melissa in charge of her fortune. According to Rivers' 2014 will, which was filed in New York State Surrogate's Court, Melissa Rivers was left as the executor with "the broadest and most absolute permissible direction" over a fortune that has been estimated as high as $150 million.

She also left some money behind for some of her favourite charities, including Dogs for the Blind, Jewish Guild Healthcare and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as well as the New York-based food pantry God's Love We Deliver, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and the Jewish Home and Hospital Foundation in Manhattan.

The late comedian also asked that her business manager Michael D. Karlin and interior designer Robert Higdon be named co-executors of the living trust. Bequests were also made to her assistants, Sabrina Lott and Jocelyn Pickett, her friend Scott Currie, and Rivers' niece and nephew, Caroline Waxler and Andrew Waxler.

The specific details of her assets and how they will be divided haven't been disclosed.

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