Anderson Cooper is getting an unexpected gift. Instead of a trust fund, his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, will be giving him the bulk of her estate.

The CNN anchor will inherit all of her property except for a Midtown Manhattan, N.Y., co-op, which is going to Vanderbilt’s eldest child, Leopold “Stan” Stokowski, according to documents obtained by Page Six. Middle brother Chris Stokowski is estranged and inherits nothing, the will said. Carter Cooper, Anderson’s older brother, took his own life in 1988.

Vanderbilt, who passed away on June 17 of stomach cancer at age 95, was estimated by Page Six to be worth roughly $200 million, though a source close to the family said that the number was “wildly inaccurate” and that the value of the estate was closer to $1.5 million.


In 2014, Cooper told Howard Stern that he didn’t expect to inherit anything.

“I don’t believe in inheriting money, I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse,” Cooper said on Howard Stern’s radio show. “Who has 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.”

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