Gloria Vanderbilt’s Son Anderson Cooper Has Only One Child Who Won’t Inherit His $200m

Gloria Vanderbilt’s son Anderson Cooper has opened up about leaving his son without an inheritance. The younger Cooper will not be getting Anderson’s $200m just like he got almost nothing from his mother, and here is the reason behind his actions.

American journalist and political commentator Anderson Hey Cooper, who has been the primary anchor of the CNN news broadcast show “Anderson Cooper 360°” since 2003, revealed that his only son would be getting none of his fortunes. However, this appears to be a family trait.

Leaving the kids with nothing and allowing them to attain success by themselves turned out to be a family tradition of the Coopers. The journalist’s mother, Gloria Laura Vanderbilt, an American socialite, also left him without her wealth. 

The celebrity family’s actions have caused a lot of speculation as viewers can’t help but wonder if Vanderbilt might have influenced Anderson’s decision. Below is an insight into Vanderbilt and Anderson’s relationship.


Gloria Vanderbilt, who passed away at 95, led a highly publicized lifestyle. She was an acclaimed author, actress, and fashion designer. Like many celebrities, Vanderbilt’s life was filled with all the merriment and scandals that come with living in the public’s eye. 

Some of her many ups and downs followed her into motherhood and her love affairs. She was a mother to four sons, Anderson Cooper, Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski, Christopher Stokowski, and Carter Vanderbilt Cooper.

Vanderbilt had Stanislaus and Christopher with her second husband, Leopold Stokowski, a famous conductor who was more than 40 years her senior. She was married to Pasquale DiCicco when she met the older Leopold.

In 1945 she divorced DiCicco and married Leopold. The couple remained together for years until the relationship went down the drain in 1955. Stanislaus, better known as Stan, was Vanderbilt’s oldest child.

He and the famous heiress reportedly had a close bond, and they had been spotted together on several public occasions. He owned landscaping businesses in New York and was married to Emily Goldstein. They had two daughters, Abra and Aurora.

Christopher is the youngest of Vanderbilt’s two sons with Leopold. He has stayed away from the spotlight, but news reports confirmed that he had an estranged relationship with his mother and siblings.

Anderson and Carter are Vanderbilt’s sons with author and screenwriter Wyatt Emory Cooper, whom she met in 1964. Together the couple raised Vanderbilt’s two sons with Stokowski before the writer died during heart surgery in 1978.

Anderson is the youngest of the late fashion designer’s sons. Born in 1967, he went to Dalton School in New York City and later studied political science at Yale University.

The journalist was in college when his older brother committed suicide, and the incident inspired Anderson’s interest in journalism. Apart from being an anchor for his show on CNN, Anderson also hosted the American syndicated talk show “Anderson Live.”

He is the recipient of five Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. In 2012, he came out as gay, becoming the first LGBTQ prime-time news anchor in American history.

Anderson and his mother had a close relationship, and he created a documentary about his bond with Vanderbilt in 2016. He also published “The Rainbow Comes and Goes,” a touching and intimate correspondence between him and his mother which gave an insight into their relationship.

He welcomed a son Wyatt Morgan Cooper in 2020. Following the boy’s birth, the happy father took to social media with a note that revealed Wyatt was named after his grandfather, while the kid’s middle name is a family name from his grandmother’s side. 

He also explained that he wished Vanderbilt, his father, and Carter were alive to see his little boy. However, since it appeared that Anderson and Vanderbilt had a close mother-son bond, fans found it confusing when she left the journalist with no penny from the massive Vanderbilt’s wealth. 


Anderson opened up about the reason behind Vanderbilt’s decision to leave him without any inheritance during an interview with Jess Cagle. He revealed that his parents had told him that he wouldn’t get any money from them at a young age.

The 54-year-old dad also believed his parents wanted him to know he grew up with “great privilege” and was lucky to have parents who could afford college.

However, it was up to him to become successful without all the family’s wealth. Speaking about how their decision affected him, Anderson said:

“I’m glad I never had that expectation hanging over me or that safety net to fall back on. I always thought, ‘I’m on my own, and that’s the way it should be.”

However, Anderson’s parents’ beliefs seemed to have influenced his decision to leave Wyatt without a trust fund. During Air Mail’s “The Morning Meeting” podcast Anderson who welcomed Wyatt via surrogacy, revealed:

“I don’t believe in passing on huge amounts of money, I’m not that interested in money, but I don’t intend to have some sort of pot of gold for my son.”

He added that he was following his parents’ belief that a child should be able to make a living after college had been paid for. Anderson has an estimated net worth of $200 million.


As the TV host continued to make headlines for his actions, he made it clear that he may not have been motivated to work harder if he had inherited his family’s wealth. According to news reports from Page Six, Anderson received a less than $1.5 million from Vanderbilt’s estate.

It is also clear that Wyatt was a significant motivation behind Anderson’s book “Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty,” which talked about how his family lost all their wealth. According to the political commentator, he wanted the book to be a letter to his son.

Anderson’s reason to leave Wyatt without a trust fund has been clearly stated; money caused problems in his wealthy home, and since he doesn’t want history repeating itself, he wants his son to grow up with a sense of attaining success on his own.

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