Anderson Cooper's Thoughts on His Mother's Decision of Not Sharing Her Fortune with Him
Anderson Cooper shared his feelings about his mother cutting him off from her huge family fortune, estimated to be worth almost twice as much as that of the famous CNN journalist.
Cooper will not be inheriting any great fortune from his wealthy mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, whose net worth is around $200 million.
According to Shared, Vanderbilt made it clear to her son at a very early age that she wouldn't be sharing any of her inherited wealth with him.
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Cooper's family legacy traces back to an affluent shipping and railroad tycoon, Cornelius Vanderbilt, who was Cooper's great-great-great-grandfather. Currently, Cooper's 94-year-old mother is the only heir to the family's fortune.
During a radio interview Cooper had with Howard Stern, he said, "My mom's made clear to me that there's no trust fund... There's none of that." The source also pointed out that despite Vanderbilt's resolve not to share her family's fortune with her son, Cooper has no problem with his mother's decision. In fact, he fully supports it.
He claimed during the same interview that he does not believe in inheriting money. He further deemed it a mere "curse." The 51-year-old journalist also explained that his life has been better because of not having any family wealth to inherit.
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Just came across this polaroid of me with @andersoncooper. He was 17 and leaving high school early to travel across Southern Africa for several months. I was very nervous, but put on a brave face knowing he could handle himself whatever might come. He was hospitalized in Kenya with malaria and never told me until months later when he got home.
According to Cooper, he is not sure if he "would've been so motivated" in his career and life had he known there was "some pot of gold waiting" for him. The celebrity journalist believed that not having a trust fund actually proved advantageous for him.
It encouraged and pushed him to pursue his goals and become the successful media personality that he is today. Cooper had an interest in media from a very young age. He initially pursued modeling, even working for big brands like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein.
However, after his older brother's tragic suicide, Cooper finally decided to pursue journalism, and what a good choice it turned out to be.