Heavy metal rock star Ozzy Osbourne and his talk show host wife, Sharon Osbourne say that they have a plan to pass the lion’s share of their estate to their children.
Ozzy rose to fame during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, and Sharon became a household name more recently, thanks to her role in the MTV reality show “The Osbournes” and her job as a daytime talk show host.
Sharon explained the couple's plan on The Talk, while reacting to news that the late Kirk Douglas bequeathed most of his $80 million fortune to charity when he died in February 2020 at age 103, reports I Heart Radio’s recent article entitled “Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne's Children Will Determine The Fate Of Their Fortune.”
"Everybody is different," Sharon said. "And I just know that my husband's body of work, that he's written, and kept us all in the lifestyle that we love, goes to my children."
The children will also be entrusted with determining what will happen to Ozzy's image and likeness, Sharon also said.
"I don't want someone that never met my husband owning his name and likeness and selling T-shirts everywhere and whatever. No, it stays in the Osbourne family."
Ozzy's latest solo album, Ordinary Man—which is his 12th overall—already ranks as his highest-charting solo debut ever in the United Kingdom.
Between Ozzy's equity in Black Sabbath, the solo recordings that he and Sharon have worked so hard to control and the hours of television in which the two have starred, it's not hard to see the fruits of the couple's labor benefitting several future generations of Osbournes.
Estate planning is important in every field and for everyone. However, it’s particularly important in the entertainment business, where will contests and questions about inheritances frequently are publicized in the press. To that end, the estates of celebrated artists like Frank Zappa, Kurt Cobain, Prince, Tom Petty, Chris Cornell and many others have been the subject of public battles in recent years.
Even if you are not about to release your latest solo album, you still need to work with an experienced estate planning attorney to make certain that your plans for your assets and property are carried out after your death.
Reference: I Heart Radio (March 2, 2020) “Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne's Children Will Determine The Fate Of Their Fortune”