Howard Stern had an eye-opening interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper about his inheritance from famous designer mom, Gloria Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt is also the great-great granddaughter of railroad magnate, Cornelius Vanderbilt. The jeans designer was left with quite a trust fund as a part of that family, but she informed her son he wouldn't have one.
An Apr. 2 report by CNN reveals that Cooper told Stern his mother made it "very clear" to him that she would pay for his "college and stuff and that was it." He told Howard Stern that she explained to him "there's no inheritance."
While the controversial radio host was shocked to hear that, Cooper flatly claimed he was fine with it and that it only motivated him more to be a success on his own. He's doing quite well with an $11 million a year contract from CNN!
He used to worry a lot about how he'd make money, however. At the age of 10 he started looking for work.
"I used to worry a ton. I got a job when I was 10 because I was obsessed with the looming financial collapse," Cooper said. "I was convinced that everything was going to collapse, and I needed to sock away money."
Cooper further added that he "doesn't believe in inheriting money." He feels that having things handed to people is an "initiative sucker."
"If I felt that there was some pot of gold waiting for me, I don't know that I would have been so motivated," Cooper said.
When asked about the exception of his mother going on to make a super profitable designer jeans line, Cooper called that an "anomaly."
One might wonder how Anderson Cooper can't feel more resentment towards his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, for telling him he won't have any kind of inheritance. It just doesn't seem right that she inherited at load of money, but she won't pass that on to her son. This is definitely one of the more interesting and shocking interviews Howard Stern has had.
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