When the news broke yesterday that legendary socialite, heiress, and denim designer Gloria Vanderbilt had died at the age of 95, I’m sure most people might have said something like, “Poor Anderson Cooper, my thoughts are with him at this time.” And I’m sure there was a much smaller percentage of people whose thoughts turn to tackiness during such times, and wondered just how much cash Anderson was set to inherit. But gold diggers with their eyes set on The Silver Fox better get used to the idea of going after Anderson’s money and Anderson’s money alone, because there are no designer denim dollars in his future.
Several years ago, Anderson admitted to Howard Stern that his mother Gloria made it “very clear” that there “is no trust fund” for him. Her net worth was an estimated $200 million. Anderson explained that he considered an inheritance to be an “initiative sucker” and a “curse,” and that it was important for him to work and make his own career.
Anderson explained his no inheritance rule further during an interview with People three years ago. He said it was a mutual decision between himself and his parents, who would make sure he wasn’t pumping gas to save pennies for community college or anything, but that they wouldn’t be letting him live that rich kid yacht life.
“I think my mom and dad both wanted to get across to me that…I obviously grew up with great privilege and was very lucky and was able to afford college and not have student loans and they would pay for college, but beyond that, it would be up to me to make a living.”
He also said that he looked at people who were given wealth and thought they didn’t really seem to accomplish anything on their own, and that they money changed who they were. He added that he was “really grateful” that his parents made him work and do things on his own.
Gloria Vanderbilt is survived by three sons, Anderson Cooper, Stan Stokowski, and Christopher Stokowski. It’s not known if she also applied the no trust fund rule to Stan and Christopher.
It’s also not known what Gloria’s plans were for her estate and money. Fast Company notes that Gloria wasn’t tied to any particular charity, and that it most likely won’t go to anything like that. Maybe she planned on pulling the ultimate rich lady stunt and gave it all to her favorite housekeeper’s poodle. Or maybe she wanted to surprise Anderson by leaving it to him. That’s when we’ll find out how serious Anderson was about that whole work hard/no hand outs business. It will be pretty clear if we one day see him in a diamond-studded jean jacket, ripping donuts in a band-new Bugatti while screaming, “Anderson Cooper 360, bitch!”