Anderson Cooper Won’t Leave His Son An Inheritance

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The CNN anchor welcomed his son Wyatt with his ex, Benjamin Maisani, last year.

As you might recall, CNN’s Anderson Cooper recently had a son, Wyatt, via surrogate with ex Benjamin Maisani.

In an interview on the Morning Meeting podcast, Anderson opened up about how he thinks about finances and childrearing.


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When it comes to money, Anderson said he plans to take a similar approach to his mother, heiress Gloria Vanderbilt, who when she died in 2019, did not leave her son an inheritance.


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Anderson actually wrote about his family’s infamous wealth in his new book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty.

“I don’t know what I’ll have,” Anderson said. “I’m not that interested in money, but I don’t intend to have some sort of pot of gold for my son. I’ll go with what my parents said … ‘College will be paid for, and then you gotta get on it.'”


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“My mom’s made clear to me that there’s no trust fund, there’s none of that,” Anderson also said on The Howard Stern Show in 2014.


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As for Anderson’s new book, he recently told People about why he opted to write Vanderbilt, saying, “My dad wrote a book before he died (during heart surgery when Anderson was 10) about his family growing up in Mississippi. And because he died when I was so young, a lot that I know of him came from that book. I wanted to write a letter to Wyatt about this crazy and unusual part of his family’s past.”


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That certainly is one approach! When it comes to kids and money, though, I like that line from The Descendants: “You give your children enough money to do something, but not enough to do nothing.”


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But that’s just me! What do you think of Anderson’s plan?


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