In his will, Jackson left his money to be held in the Michael Jackson Family Trust (via The New York Times). The beneficiaries of this trust were his mother, Katherine Jackson, and his three children, Prince Michael Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, and Prince Michael Joseph Jackson II. Jackson intentionally left out his many siblings and his father Joe. He had revealed the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father in the 2003 documentary “Living With Michael Jackson” (via Entertainment Weekly). Jackson claimed that his father “would lose his temper” and hit him with “whatever was around.” This abusive relationship may be the reason behind Jackson omitting his father from his will.
Jackson divided up his estate into three sections with his mother getting 40%, his children getting 40%, and 20% to be given to children’s charities (via ABC News). Jackson made it very clear in his will that he “intentionally omitted” Debbie Rowe, his ex-wife and mother of two of his children. In fact, he gave custody of all his children to his mother. And he stipulated that if his mother couldn’t be the children’s guardian, singer Diana Ross would be the one to look after his kids.