Here's why Anderson Cooper won't be inheriting any of his mother's huge fortune

Jaimie-lee Prince
Dec 15, 2018
06:00 P.M.

Anderson Cooper may have a net worth in the millions, but his mother's inheritance might be higher. Cooper, however, is not getting any of it.


Cooper is one of the most-well-known journalists on the television news network CNN. He has made a name for himself. But his background is just as interesting as his daily stories.

The television host has a family background that involves ownership of a railroad. Shared reported that his great-great-great-grandfather was a tycoon who racked up a fortune.

Follow us on Twitter for more @amomama.


As of today, this fortune is in the care of Cooper's mother Gloria Vanderbilt. But the 51-year-old won't be touching the inheritance at her behest.

Cooper, who reportedly makes $11 million a year, is actually in agreement with his mother. He spoke on the matter during a radio interview with Howard Stern.

He explained:

"My mom's made clear to me that there's no trust fund. There's none of that."


While most wealthy families are quick to pass on their money and land to their kin, Vanderbilt has a drastically different take on the matter.

The 93-year-old is estimated to have an inheritance of $200 million, double the net worth of her son. In addition, she earns money through fashion designing.

But Cooper himself doesn't believe that children should have a "pot of gold" waiting for them.


He said:

"I don't believe in inheriting money. I think it's an initiative sucker. I think it's a curse. From the time I was growing up, if I felt that there was some pot of gold waiting for me, I don't know that I would've been so motivated."

So even if Vanderbilt changed her mind, Cooper appears determined to stand on his own two feet. So far, the CBS correspondent is doing well and has nothing to worry about for his future.


As for his past, some interesting things have been part of Cooper's history. As a young boy, the future journalist partied with celebrities like Charlie Chaplin, George Plimpton, and Lillian Gish.

At 10, Cooper worked as a model with Ford. He wore designer fashion from Ralph Lauren and Macy's. He quit at the age of 13 due to inappropriate comments from a photographer.

After his brothers' suicides, Cooper turned to real-world photography and wound up at ABC as a correspondent and then an anchor.


In 2002, he landed a slot on CNN's "American Morning" despite a bad reputation following him. He didn't do well at first, but he took up the jobs others didn't want.

Eventually, he became the anchor to "Anderson Cooper 360" and "Anderson Live." The journalist has also written books and appeared on film and stage productions.

While most people would want at least a portion of their inheritance, Cooper doesn't seem bothered by the fact that his own mother has already made it clear he won't. And based on his popularity, he shouldn't be at all troubled.

Please fill in your e-mail so we can share with you our top stories!
By subscribing, you agree to our Privacy Policy
Related posts

Eve Was Told She Would Never Have Kids - Now She Is a Proud Mom of a Biracial Baby

March 08, 2022

Andy Cohen Welcomes Second Baby - Inside His Single Fatherhood

May 03, 2022

Every Day Little Boy Comes Home from School in Tears until His Father Shows up in His Classroom – Story of the Day

May 09, 2022

Widow’s Son Spends All Her Savings Thoughtlessly, Later Learns She Needs Expensive Operation – Story of the Day

April 27, 2022

Rich Old Man Left More than $10M Estate to 11 Heirs – One Keeps Portion Worth Millions for Herself

March 09, 2022

Woman Learns of Grandma’s Death Only a Year Later & Demands Her Share of the Inheritance – Story of the Day

April 08, 2022

Sons Learn Their Old Mom Gave Her $3.7M Mansion to Young Man Who Isn’t Her Child — Story of the Day

February 18, 2022

Old Lady Promises Each of Her 5 Grandkids a $2M Inheritance, in the End No One Gets It — Story of the Day

February 16, 2022

Rich Man Tests Son by Asking Him to Give His Huge Inheritance to an Orphanage – Story of the Day

February 02, 2022

Rich Man Leaves Older Son $2.8 Million, Younger Son Gets Only $1 — Story of the Day

February 16, 2022

Alan Thicke from 'Growing Pains' Left behind a Widow When He Passed Away — Meet Tanya

February 28, 2022

Man Certain Rich Grandma Left Him a Large Fortune Finds Only a Note in Her Featherbed — Story of the Day

February 07, 2022

Late Millionaire Leaves Son Only Old Sewing Machine, Calling It ‘Biggest Treasure He Had’ – Story of the Day

April 23, 2022

Rich Man Refuses to Help Poor Little Boy, Years Later They Meet When Man Is in Trouble – Story of the Day

February 03, 2022