Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Anderson Cooper won't leave fortune to son

Anderson Cooper won't leave fortune to son

Anderson Cooper won't leave fortune to son

Anderson Cooper won't be leaving his son an inheritance when he dies.

The 54-year-old presenter - who is worth an estimated $200 million - insisted he won't be handing a "pot of gold" over to 17-month-old Wyatt expects him to fend for himself once he leaves college.

Speaking on the 'Morning Meeting' podcast, Anderson, who is worth an estimated $200 million, said: "I don’t believe in passing on huge amounts of money.

"I'm not that interested in money, but I don't intend to have some sort of pot of gold for my son. I'll go with what my parents said … 'College will be paid for, and then you gotta get on it.' "

Anderson - who inherited $1.5 million from his mom, Gloria Vanderbilt, when the fashion mogul passed away in June 2019 - has chronicled his mother's side of the family in his new book 'Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty' but he admitted it wasn't something he knew much about when he was growing up, recalling a funny memory of a day out with his father, Wyatt Emory Cooper.

He said: “As a kid, my dad did take me to Grand Central Station to show me the statue of Commodore Vanderbilt and that was the first time I had heard the Vanderbilt name.

“I just remember coming away [from] it believing for quite some time that all grandparents turned into statues when they die."

Despite inheriting some money from his mom, Anderson admitted in 2014 that he wasn't relying on receiving anything in her will.

He said: "My mom's made clear to me that there's no trust fund, there's none of that."

The CNN anchor previously explained he was keen to write the book for his son, who he co-parents with his former partner, Benjamin Maisani

He said: "In some ways I wanted this to be a letter to my son.

"My dad wrote a book before he died (during heart surgery when Anderson was 10) about his family growing up in Mississippi. And because he died when I was so young, a lot that I know of him came from that book.

"I wanted to write a letter to Wyatt about this crazy and unusual part of his family's past."


This article originally ran on

Be the first to know

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy. Content Exchange

Related to this story

Most Popular

Buying a home doesn’t look the same for everyone. Real estate agent @danielle_migone breaks down some of the myths and gives you helpful hints. You might not need 20% down, but you will want to save up to $10,000.

It’s almost impossible to choose a paint color from the tiny swatches home improvement stores carry, but you also don’t want the mess of actually painting multiple test patches. TikTok user @newbuild_newlyweds found the perfect solution—oversized swatches made from real paint that you can order for delivery.

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.


News Alerts

Breaking News