Anderson Cooper is an extremely successful journalist at 46, currently anchoring his own CNN news show....and he didn't rest on his family's name for any of it.
Nor would his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, let him. Calling her "the coolest person I know," Anderson praises his mom for instilling in him a great work ethic.
"My mom's made clear to me that there's no trust fund. There's none of that," he revealed in a recent interview. "[And] I don't believe in inheriting money."
Gloria with sons Carter (L) and Anderson in 1976
The Vanderbilts, at one time one of the wealthiest families in America, passed down a sizable fortune to Gloria, who went on to make her own millions. But Anderson always knew he'd never see a dime of it.
"Who's inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in their own life?" asked the Anderson Cooper 360° host, who called inherited money an "initiative sucker" and 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," he said.
Anderson told Howard Stern that if he ever becomes a dad, he hopes to inspire the same dedication and passion his mom drilled into him.
"I would want them to start working early on and start to have a sense of responsibility," he said of his future children. "If maybe I felt like they had a good sense of responsibility, maybe I would try to leave some money. I don't know."
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