Even though Prince seemed to have known that he may be dying, it doesn’t look like he left a will behind, he started writing his memoir, he wrote up to 58 pages but no will. If that is the case, the vast fortune he amassed over the course of his music career will likely to go to his only sister, 55 year old. Tyka Nelson stands to be awarded Prince’s estate under Minnesota state law as his closest living relative.
Minnesota law states that if an unmarried person who doesn’t have kids dies without a will, the parents, grandparents, and siblings of that person stand to inherit their wealth, though that can be contested in court under certain circumstances.
Prince’s parents, John L. Nelson and Mattie Shaw, are both dead and Tyka is his only sibling.
However, after Prince’s parents divorced, they both remarried and had kids. His father John had three daughters and two sons from his marriage to Vivian Nelson while his mum remarried and gave birth to two sons. So he has seven half siblings but his parents are dead.
His sister Tyka Nelson had a strained relationship with her brother over the years when she was struggling with an addiction to crack cocaine and prostituting herself to support her two young sons, Sir Montece Laeil Nelson and President
LenNard Laeil Nelson. However, in recent years after he became religious and became a Jehovah witness, he became close to his sister.
Prince has an approximate net worth of $300million, which does not include the millions his estate is set to make in the coming weeks from the increased sale of merchandise and music or the money the singer received when he signed a deal agreeing to stream all his music on Tidal.
His music catalog meanwhile is worth over $500million according to Prince’s first manager Owen Husney, because unlike other artists he owned both his master recordings as well as his own music publishing.
Prince also has a large collection of unreleased music, which Husney believes may include an album he made with jazz great
When Prince 37, he married his 22-year-old backup singer and dancer and now reality star on Hollywood exes Mayte Garcia on February 14th 1996. They had a son named Boy Gregory on October 16, 1996, who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome but he died a week later. Prince and Mayte divorced in 1999 but she is still in love with him till date.