A Clark County, Nevada, judge granted the wishes of former Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh’s family, clearing the way for Hsieh’s father and a brother to administer his estate, which is worth $480 million, according to Forbes.
Hsieh, 46, had no will when he died last week in Connecticut from injuries suffered in a fire.
He was single and had no children. According to Nevada law, living parents become the heirs to anyone who dies while unmarried and without children.
Hsieh’s parents live in California, but according to Nevada probate law, a resident of the state must be appointed as an administrator of the estate. Hsieh has two adult brothers, Andrew and David, who live in Henderson, Nevada.
Tony’s father, Richard, and brother Andrew were named to manage the massive estate, according to court papers filed Thursday and shared online by local media.
The family now owns access to financial records and social media accounts. They have been asked to compile a list of all of Hsieh’s assets and present it to the court at a later date.
In a statement provided to a Nevada TV affiliate on Wednesday, Hsieh’s family thanked the community for its “outpouring of love and respect.”
“Tony was extremely accomplished in both his personal and professional lives. His parents are most proud of how he turned out as a human being,” the statement to KLAS-TV said in part. “He had true compassion and an endless desire to elevate everyone around him. He would often refer to himself as the caboose, because everyone else came first.”
Hsieh, who lived in Las Vegas, died on Friday, Nov. 27, from complications of smoke inhalation, the state medical examiner’s office said. His death has been ruled an accident.