The Silver Fox is no trust fund baby.
If you were born after 1975, you might have missed out on the fun fact that Anderson Cooper — everyone’s favorite “premature grayer” — is the son of railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, 90. Vanderbilt — once the subject of one of the most sensational child custody cases of the 20th century — made a name for herself as a denim designer in the 1970s and 1980s.
But to Andy, she’s just Mom.
Cooper’s very proud of the strong work ethic instilled in him by his parents. And that’s why he isn’t really bothered by the fact that he won’t receive one red cent of Gloria’s fortune.
Anderson, 46, shared his views of inheritances with Howard Stern Monday.
“My mom’s made clear to me that there’s no trust fund. There’s none of that. I don’t believe in inheriting money. I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse.”
Cooper, in fact, fears he might not be the journalistic hotshot he’s become at CNN if he didn’t have the incentive to actually earn a living.
“Who has inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in their own life? 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. My dad (Wyatt Emory Cooper) grew up really poor in Mississippi … I paid attention to that because I thought that’s a healthier thing to pay attention to than, like, some statue of a great-great-great-grandfather who has no connection to my life.”
Trust funds aside: Do you think Anderson’s family ties have opened other doors for him?