Anderson Cooper was rich, but now he's really rich. The news anchor's mother Gloria Vanderbilt, who died last month at 95 after a brief battle with stomach cancer, allegedly left her son the bulk of her fortune. Page Six reports that Cooper will inherit his mother's entire estate except for her Midtown co-op, which will go to her oldest child, Leopold "Stan" Stokowski.
Vanderbilt had an estimated net worth of $200 million at the time of her death, meaning Cooper is now ... really fucking rich, considering his net worth was already estimated at around $100 million. The inheritance may have come as a bit of a shock for the reporter, who told Howard Stern in 2014 that his mother had made it clear to him that there was "no trust fund. There's none of that," he said at the time, according to Business Insider.
"I don't believe in inheriting money. I think it's an initiative sucker. I think it's a curse," Cooper said at the time. "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."
Cooper gave an emotional on-air tribute to his mother following her death, saying she "died as she lived, on her own terms ... she was ready to go ... When the end came, she was not alone. She was surrounded by beauty and family and friends ... Gloria Vanderbilt was 95 years old when she died. What an extraordinary life, what an extraordinary mom, and what an incredible woman."