Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper’s mother is a very rich lady, but Cooper will never see a dime from the fortune. However, the 46-year-old is just fine with that. The news anchor is thankful for the values Vanderbilt taught him growing up. He always had a incentive to work. Cooper said inherited money is a “curse” and an “initiative sucker”.
Cooper never expected to receive any inheritance from his mother. In an interview for Howard Stern on his radio show, he said he hopes to instill the same work ethic to his children one day if he ever became a father. “I would want them to start working early on and start to have a sense of responsibility,” Cooper said. “If maybe I felt like they had a good sense of responsibility, maybe I would try to leave some money. I don’t know.”
With his own growing success, the American journalist will not have to worry about mom leaving him a dime. Cooper is the primary anchor for the television news show, Anderson Cooper 360°. The show has received several achievement awards including two Emmys for the 2011 coverage of the earthquake in Haiti, and the 2006 Business and Financial Reporting Emmy Award. Cooper also had his own talk show from September 2011 to May 2013 titled, Anderson Live.
During the discussion with Howard Stern, Cooper also brought up his older brother’s suicide. In 1988, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper jumped from the 14th floor of his mother’s Manhattan penthouse. He was 23 years old. “He was so much smarter than me,” the news anchor said. “He had gone to Princeton, he was working at American Heritage as a book editor and it was so inconceivable to me.”
After the incident, Cooper’s mother wrote a book, A Mother’s Story, about her son’s death. She believes his suicide was the result of a psychotic episode induced by an allergy to an anti-asthma prescription drug. However, no drugs were found in his system. The death of his older brother is one of the reasons why Cooper went into journalism, and he still thinks about his sibling often. “It may not be the first thing [I think of in the morning], but there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about it,” he said.
After years of speculation, the journalist came out as gay in 2012. He revealed his sexuality in an email to the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan. In the message, he explained he kept his romantic life private for business purposes. He plans to marry his boyfriend, gay bar owner Benjamin Maisani. They began dating in 2009. “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Cooper said in his email to Sullivan.
Cooper might not receive a dime from his mom, but he still thinks she is the “coolest person” he knows. “Who’s inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in their own life?” he said. ” 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.”
By April Littleton