Anderson Cooper, Heir To The Vanderbilt Fortune, Won't Be Inheriting Any Of His Mother's Money

Although journalist and television host Anderson Cooper is a celebrity in his own right, he stems from one of America's most prominent families - the Vanderbilts.  

Cooper's maternal great-great-great-grandfather was shipping and railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, and since his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt is the heiress to the family's fortune, the CNN host spent most of his life in luxury.

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Cooper developed an interest in media at a very young age, appearing on The Tonight Show and To Tell the Truth before he was even ten years old. As a tween, he took up modelling and worked with big brands, including Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. However, his focus shifted in 1988 after his older brother, Carter, committed suicide.

Salary and Net Worth

He decided to pursue a career in journalism after the tragedy, and landed a job as a news correspondent in the early 90s. He worked with networks like Channel One and ABC before joining CNN in 2001. He soon became the news network's weekend prime-time anchor, and eventually took on the hosting duties for CNN's New Year's Eve special from Times Square.

From then on, the journalist was tasked with more hosting duties, and over time, he even landed his own programs, including Anderson Cooper 360° and Anderson Live. He also became the correspondent for 60 Minutes on CBS.


Beside anchoring, a large chunk of Cooper's wealth also comes from the books he authored and his appearances on TV, film and stage productions.

Cooper currently makes $11 million a year, which means his net worth is about $100 million, according to celebritynetworth.com. This amount doesn't include the sum he would inherit from his family. However, it seems like that's not even a possibility because his mom won't share the Vanderbilt fortune.  

Cooper's mom, fashion designer and socialite Gloria Vanderbilt, is worth twice as much as her son. At 93-years-old, the heiress is currently sitting on a fortune that totals around $200 million, but it appears as though she won't be sharing any of it with her son.

"My mom's made clear to me that there's no trust fund," Cooper once told Howard Stern during a radio interview. "There's none of that."

But before we start calling out Gloria for not sharing the wealth, it's important to note that Cooper fully supports her decision.

"I don't believe in inheriting money," Cooper explained. "I think it's an initiative sucker. I think it's a curse."

Cooper, 50, explained that not having a trust fund pushed him to pursue his goals and become successful.

"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 added.

It's unclear who will inherit Gloria's fortune, but we're sure the savvy business woman has a very good plan in place.

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