Tony Hsieh’s dad and brother have been appointed administrators of the Zappos founder’s estate after he died in a house fire and may have left no will.
A judge in Nevada — where Hsieh helped revitalize downtown Las Vegas — ordered the move last week after the tech multimillionaire’s family made the request, court papers show.
The online-shoe-shopping magnate was 46 when he died in a fire at the Connecticut home of rumored girlfriend Rachael Brown last month.
Hsieh — who recently bought up a slew of properties in Park City, Utah, in an apparent push to create a compound for family and friends — died of smoke inhalation in what authorities have said was an accidental blaze. They are still investigating its cause.
The offbeat, drug- and booze-addled businessman — who sold his business to Amazon for $1 billion in 2009 but continued to help run it for more than the next decade — had been planning to enter rehab in the hours before his death, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Hsieh’s father Richard Hsieh and brother Andrew Hsieh will now be going through his financial records to figure out his net worth, while also telling the court when bills, such as those involving property and other taxes, have to be paid so they may do so.
The pair may still uncover a will that Hsieh left.
Meanwhile, anyone who believes he has a right to a chunk of the estate will presumably be stepping forward to try to claim part of it.