James Gandolfini was always generous with everyone, especially his cast mates on The Sopranos. He had given them all five figure checks when he held up production for his deal.
Now, according to his will, the bulk of the 70 million fortune was left to his 2 kids. But, he left $100,000 to his secretary, $50 large to his two best friends and was a super cool uncle to his nieces. He left them a half mil each.
The estate tax on the 70 million could be as much as 30 million. Family would have about 9 months to pay it. Suddenly 70 mil doesn't sound like so much.