Anderson Cooper, CNN news anchor and heir to his mother Gloria Vanderbilt’s fortune, makes an annual salary of $12 million and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
In June of 2019, heiress and fashion icon Gloria Vanderbilt passed away. Her son, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper confirmed the news, sharing that she died at home surrounded by loved ones following a short battle with stomach cancer. She was 95-years-old.
According to the New York Post, Cooper inherited the majority of her estate, a sum which totals less than $1.5 million.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Cooper is worth an astounding $200 million.
Cooper, the host of CNN’s nightly “Anderson Cooper 360” and a contributor to CBS News “60 Minutes”, has a more complex wealth story than most high-profile Americans.
For years, Cooper said he expected no trust fund nor inheritance from his wealthy mother, noting that any huge financial windfall would only result in him losing his ambition and drive to make it as a major figure on his way up the ladder.
“My mother made it clear to me there is no trust fund”, Cooper told Howard Stern in a 2014 interview. “There’s none of that.”
Now that Cooper is apparently coming into a huge sum of money from his mother’s estate, his actual net worth should soar well above the $100 million he has accumulated to date.
Let’s take a deeper dive and see where Cooper stands in terms of net wealth, and his ascent as a global broadcasting icon.
Anderson Cooper was born in New York City on June 3, 1967, to Wyatt Emory Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt, in what can only be described as the lap of luxury.
Cooper’s father was an accomplished writer and his mother was a highly noted fashion designer and an heiress to the famed Vanderbilt name and fortune.
Cooper caught the media bug early in life, appearing in a photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar at age three while also appearing on “The Tonight Show” the same year.
At age 10, Cooper modelled for major fashion brands like Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein and seemed to have an ideal childhood before family tragedy struck.
First, his father died at age 50 from ongoing heart issues and then his older brother Carter Vanderbilt Cooper committed suicide in 1988, falling to his death from the 14th floor of his family’s New York apartment.
Facing those challenges early in life, Cooper pressed on, attending the prestigious Dalton School in New York City at age 17 and moving on to Yale University after an extended trip to Africa, where he sought to contemplate his family losses and take stock of his early life.
It was at Yale that Cooper found his true career passion in journalism and public policy, a path that would take him within two decades to the top of the broadcasting world.
How Does Anderson Cooper Spend His Money?
Aside from his home, Cooper isn’t a spendthrift, opting to focus on his career and his charitable aid efforts, where he gives time and money to favoured causes like the Elton John AIDS Foundation, TheAmerican Heart Association and GLAAD, among others. As far as spending his wealth on luxury items, Cooper doesn’t really do that, outside of his home furnishing and travel budget.
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