THE family of murdered tech CEO Bob Lee is pleading for donations to cover mounting legal fees as the millionaire’s assets are being “held in probate and as evidence,” The U.S. Sun has learned.
CashApp founder Lee reportedly had a net worth of around $10million when he was stabbed and left bleeding on the streets of San Francisco in the early hours of April 4, 2023.
Father-of-two Lee, 43, tragically died on the operating table after doctors at San Francisco General Hospital spent hours trying to save his life after the brutal attack.
His alleged killer, Nima Momeni, was arrested nine days later and remains behind bars after being charged with his murder.
Police say he works in the tech industry and the pair knew each other before the stabbing, with reports suggesting Lee was close to Momeni’s sister.
The suspect pleaded not guilty on May 18, with his attorney later saying she planned to argue in her client’s defense “a combination of an accident and self-defense,” per The San Francisco Chronicle.
As Lee’s family prepares for the trial, his brother Timothy Oliver, 41, is asking for financial help as Lee’s millions are tied up and they’re unable to access them.
On a new GoFundMe, he wrote: “I’m raising funds in memory of my brother, Bob Lee, in order to support the financial needs of his extended family for legal fees and expenses while Bob’s assets are being held in probate and as evidence.”
He further wrote: “As a family, we’re very thankful to the hard-working detectives at the SFPD [San Francisco Police Department] for bringing his [alleged] killer to justice.
“Our next steps will be to work with the District Attorney’s Office to ensure this person is not allowed to hurt anyone else or walk free.
“Unfortunately, due to Bob’s sudden passing, his assets will flow through the probate system in Florida, as well as in evidence. We’re working through that process, but it takes time.”
The U.S. Sun can confirm there is not yet a filing with Miami-Dade County’s probate system for Lee’s estate following his move to Miami just before his death.
His brother Timothy went on: “All funds raised will supplement memorial costs already donated by some generous friends, legal expenses to aid in holding his [alleged] killer accountable, living expenses for his direct family as Bob’s estate travels through probate, and moving expenses for our father who was living with Bob.
“Any additional funds will be moved into a scholarship fund for Bob’s children and his nieces.
“Thank you for remembering Bob for all the great he did in the world and for all the lives he touched.”
Lee left behind two children with his ex-wife, along with his father, and brother.
The U.S. Sun has reached out to Lee’s family for comment, along with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, but did not hear back.
A toxicology report revealed that the tech superstar had multiple “party drugs” in his system at the time of his death, including cocaine, ketamine, and norketamine, also known as Special K, along with alcohol.
Timothy said that Lee “positively affected millions of people throughout his life” and his overarching drive was to make technology “accessible and affordable to the little guy.”
Timothy explained on GoFundMe: “From a modest upbringing in the Midwest, he started out programming and making web pages for the small business that bordered our parent’s own small business.
“Many people may not know, but in the early days of tech, one of the first computer viruses, Code Red, shut down the world.
“While still just in college, Bob created the solution to cure the Code Red Virus, and gave it to the world for free!
“The spirit of that action became Bob’s North Star and guided his future career. That’s who Bob was.
“He spent the rest of his career on that same path. Through his help in creating Android, he made a cheaper and the most widely used cellphone OS on the globe, bringing affordable information and technology to the world.
“With Square, later Block, he was able to solve a major problem for small businesses and for the first time ever, the babysitter, the handyman, small mom-and-pop shop, or food truck can now take credit card payments.
“Continuously trying to lift others up and support the small guy.
“Bob was the father of two beautiful children so Bob started a networking app solely to support females called Present.
“What attracted Bob to MobileCoin was their idea to connect businesses and payments worldwide.”
Timothy went on to say that his brother was popular in San Francisco and inspired a younger generation.
“News would spread that Bob was in a restaurant and when we would come out there would be 3-4 young entrepreneurs standing there with binders wanting to show Bob their new app or project and ask for advice and direction,” he continued.
“Bob would talk with ALL of them. That’s just who he was.”
His brother said that after their mother died three years ago, their father Rick, who has previously spoken about his son, moved in with the tech CEO in Miami.
“His love for his family and San Francisco kept him coming back,” he added, saying that his personality afforded him friends from every walk of life and he didn’t judge people based on their beliefs.
“His love of music and art created an amazing group of truly individual and loving people. This community has been extremely supportive in his passing.
“Every day around the world, people interact with the technology that Bob helped create. Bob will live on through these interactions and his dreams of improving all of our lives.”