Inheriting Money: Why Anderson Cooper Says No Thanks

CNN news-show host Anderson Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt — a successful fashion and interior designer and daughter to the Vanderbilt railroad and shipping empire who is believed to be worth $200 million. Is Anderson chomping at the bit for an inheritance? No. Here is what Anderson said this week in an interview with Howard Stern:

download“I don’t believe in inheriting money,” he said. “I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse,” Cooper went on to say. “Who has inherited a lot of money that has gone on to do things in their own life?” When Stern reminded him that his mother did this Anderson responded, “I think that’s an anomaly.”

What is your view of inherited money? Is it an “initiative sucker” or can it be used to create a better and more fulfilled life? In my work with clients I’ve found that the answer is a resounding YES. Yes it can cause some to lose their drive and ambition, but with the proper work and structure, those who inherit can use the money as a tool to create meaningful lives of their own.

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