When news that Gloria Vanderbilt passed away, her son Anderson Cooper came forward right away with his reaction. It was a heartfelt tribute to his mother, who led a long and exciting life. Not only did she admire her son and he admired her mother, they shared the same laugh, as Anderson Cooper shared in his report on her passing – but there was one thing that he did not mention in his tribute to his mother – the fact that he was receiving the lion share of her inheritance.
It is not revealed that Anderson Cooper is set to get “almost everything” and his estranged half-brother, who has not been seen in public in nearly forty years, is set to receive nothing.
The will was filed in court on Monday in Manhattan. In the will, Gloria Vanderbilt left almost all her properties to her youngest son Anderson Cooper. Meanwhile, her eldest son Leopold Stokowski gets her stake in her Manhattan co-op. But as for her middle son, Chris Stokowski, Gloria Vanderbilt has conspicuously left him nothing whatsoever.
The will was filed at the Manhattan Surrogate Court and opened up a can of worms. Not only will Cooper receive everything Gloria owned except for her apartment at 30 Beekman Place in Manhattan, but the middle son will also get nothing.
Because Chris was estranged from his mother for the last four decades, he was not included in the will. However, after the CNN host and his mother released their co-memoir in 2017, Anderson and Chris did have a conversation. The memoir was also become the basis of an HBO documentary, making both Anderson and Gloria a lot more money.
Vanderbilt’s estate includes a large collection of art and jewelry. Meanwhile, the Vanderbilts’ family fortune of nearly $200,000 was largely used up over the last century.
Chris cut ties with the Vanderbilt family in 1978 after the family therapist tried to meddle in his love life. Although Anderson was close to his half-brother, despite being fifteen years his junior, the pair also had a falling out following Chris’s break from the family.
“He adored Chris, who spoiled him rotten,” Chris’s former fiancé April Sandmeyer told MailOnline in 2014. “Anderson was only 10 when his daddy died, and his adored older half-brother disappeared. It’s heartbreaking.”
After suffering from stomach cancer, Gloria Vanderbilt, who was a descendant of the Vanderbilt family, whose fortune grew thanks to railroad magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, died at the age of 95 in June 2019.
Cornelius began building his railroad empire in the late 1700s. His contribution would go on to change the world, let alone the transportation industry.
Although Gloria inherited a massive amount of wealth, she was a poor business person and did not earn enough through her ventures to leave trust funds to her sons.
“I don’t believe in inheriting money. I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse,” Cooper told Howard Stern in 2014. “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 port of gold waiting for me, I don’t know that I would’ve been so motivated.”
What do you think about Gloria’s decision to leave her son Chris out of her will?
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