Anderson Cooper Is Richer Since He’s Inherited A Large Portion Of His Mother Gloria Vanderbilt’s Estate
Anderson Cooper‘s mother Gloria Vanderbilt recently passed away and Anderson has stated on several occasions that he will not inherit his mother’s fortune. Well..looks like Gloria is pulling off one final surprise by gifting Anderson with most of her estate. She also left a portion to her eldest son and nothing to her middle son.
I guess it really does suck to be the middle child….Jan Brady had it right all along…
According to Page Six:
Gloria Vanderbilt left almost all of her estate to her youngest son, Anderson Cooper — and nothing to her estranged middle son, Chris Stokowski, according to her will.
The document, filed Monday in Manhattan surrogate court, says the recently deceased socialite fashion icon’s eldest son Leopold “Stan” Stokowski will get her Midtown pad in a co-op at 30 Beekman Place, but “all the rest” of her property goes to the CNN host.
Gloria had four sons: Anderson, Chris, Stan, and Carter. Carter died by suicide in 1988.
Gloria and Anderson have seemed close over the years, even writing a book together in 2016 called “Nothing Left Unsaid” and her middle son, Chris Stokowski, has been estranged for 40 something years, so it does make sense Anderson was left more in the will. Though it does seem a little extreme to leave Chris nothing. I’m sure she has some extra jeans floating around the apartment she could have gifted.
Chris — whose father, composer Leopold Stokowski, was Vanderbilt’s second husband —reportedly cut himself out of the family over 40 years ago over a dispute with his mom’s psychiatrist.
Cooper told Page Six in 2016 that he “did reconnect and reconcile” with his long-lost half brother after releasing a film about their mother, “Nothing Left Unsaid” — even though the documentary largely glossed over Chris.
“I think she respects [Chris’s] privacy and [not mentioning him] is out of love for him,” Chris’ ex-fiancée April Sandmeyer told Page Six at the time.
Well if she didn’t mention him in the documentary out of love, I’m sure not mentioning in her will was for the same reason. And what a rich person reason to not talk to your mom. Because you got into a dispute with her psychiatrist. I need a Lifetime movie explaining all of this to me.
Who knows the real reason, wills and estates are tricky even when you’re not a millionaire. My in-laws are obsessed with treating my husband and his brother fair, so my husband really wants them to leave $1 more in their will to their secret favorite son. He’s going to be so bummed when he finds out it’s not him.