Big inheritance: Gloria Vanderbilt leaves bulk of her fortune to son Anderson Cooper
Before she passed away last month, Gloria Vanderbilt told her son, journalist Anderson Cooper, that he should not expect any trust fund.
“My mom’s made clear to me that there’s no trust fund,” Cooper said in a 2014 interview with Howard Stern. “There’s none of that.”
However, the New York Post reported that the late socialite left Cooper almost all of her estate, which was estimated to be worth US$200 million.
Vanderbilt’s will, which was reportedly filed in court on Monday, stated that Vanderbilt’s eldest son Leopold Stokowski will get her Manhattan pad, but “all the rest” of her property is going to the CNN news anchor.
Her will did not leave anything to Vanderbilt’s middle son, Chris Stokowski, who has reportedly been estranged for 40 years.
Cooper has previously said he does not believe in inheriting money.
“I think it’s a curse,” 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.”
Vanderbilt – the great-great-great granddaughter of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, died at the age of 95 on June 17 after a long battle with stomach cancer.
She made her success as a fashion designer and businesswoman with her own lines of denim, apparels, fragrance and household goods.