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What is Anderson Cooper's net worth? Broadcaster says he won't leave fortune for son

'I don't believe in passing on huge amounts of money,' said Anderson Cooper
UPDATED SEP 28, 2021
Anderson Cooper won't be leaving a huge amount of inheritance for his only son Wyatt Morgan (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)
Anderson Cooper won't be leaving a huge amount of inheritance for his only son Wyatt Morgan (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images)

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper said he won't leave an inheritance for his only son Wyatt Morgan during a podcast appearance. "I don't believe in passing on huge amounts of money," he said. Morgan and his ex-partner Benjamin Maisani became parents to Morgan via a surrogate in 2020. The birth announcement made one of the most memorable television moments with a vulnerable Cooper letting the world in on his happy news during the weekly town hall on the coronavirus pandemic on April 30. 

Fast forward to his appearance on the podcast where he spoke about a book titled 'Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty' written about his ancestors, Cooper was asked if he would leave an inheritance for his own son.  "I don't believe in passing on huge amounts of money. I don't know what I'll have. I'm not that interested in money, but I don't intend to have some sort of pot of gold for my son. I'll go with what my parents said … 'College will be paid for, and then you gotta get on it,'" Cooper said in the interview.


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What is Anderson Cooper's net worth?

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Anderson Cooper is worth $200 million. He has amassed most of his wealth through his career in journalism which kickstarted in 1992. The 54-year-old currently anchor's 'Anderson Cooper 360°' on CNN and also serves as a correspondent for '60 Minutes on CBS'. According to a Yahoo finance article citing multiple reports, Cooper derives a salary of $12 million annually from CNN. This puts him in the bracket of one of the highest-paid newsmen in the country. 

Cooper is also a bestselling author. He wrote 'Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War' where he told the story of his life and career. He also co-wrote a memoir with his mother Gloria Vanderbilt titled 'The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss'. Cooper also executive produced an HBO documentary titled 'Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper' in 2016, which was a collection of candid conversations between him and his mother. 

Anderson Cooper learned there is no trust fund from his mother

Cooper had the privilege of studying at some of the most prestigious educational institutions including Dalton School in New York, after which he enrolled at Yale for his Bachelor's. Her mother possessed a multimillion-dollar trust fund from her father Reginald Vanderbilt but Cooper received a mere sum of $1.5 million as inheritance after his mother died in 2019. Five years before she died, Cooper had made it clear he wasn't expecting and did not want to inherit millions from his family wealth. 

My mom’s made clear to me that there’s no trust fund. There’s none of that,” he told Howard Stern that year. “[And] I don’t believe in inheriting money," he continued. “Who’s 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 said.

Wyatt Morgan's birth announcement 

"It has been a difficult time in all of our lives, and there are certainly many hard days ahead," Cooper said. "It is, I think, especially important in these times of trouble to try to hold on to moments of joy and moments of happiness. Even as we mourn the loss of loved ones, we are also blessed with new life and new love," he said before introducing his son. "On Monday, I became a father. I've never actually said that before, out loud, and it still kind of astonishes me. I am a dad. I have a son. And I want you to meet him."

"I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I am so grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son's birth," Cooper continued. "Most of all. I am eternally grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, watched over him lovingly, tenderly, and gave birth to him," he said surprising CNN viewers as he'd never publicly spoken about having a baby.