Anderson Cooper will not be leaving anything for his son, Wyatt Morgan.
Cooper, 54, admitted he does not plan on leaving his 17-month-old son an inheritance if/when he dies. “I don’t know what I’ll have,” he explained on Saturday’s episode of the Morning Meeting podcast.
Cooper is taking after his late mother Gloria Vanderbilt‘s when it comes to money.
“I’m not that interested in money, but I don’t intend to have some sort of pot of gold for my son,” Cooper continued. “I’ll go with what my parents said … ‘College will be paid for, and then you gotta get on it.'”
The anchor previously shared how his mother, who died at age 95 in June 2019, did not plan on leaving him an inheritance either. “My mom’s made clear to me that there’s no trust fund, there’s none of that,” Cooper said on The Howard Stern Show in 2014.
Cooper wrote about his his family’s wealth in his new book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, revealing the story of how his ancestors were once among the richest people in the world before they lost it all.
The proud dad shared with PEOPLE earlier this month how Wyatt inspired him to write the book. “In some ways I wanted this to be a letter to my son,” Cooper said.
“My dad wrote a book before he died (during heart surgery when Anderson was 10) about his family growing up in Mississippi. And because he died when I was so young, a lot that I know of him came from that book,” he shared.
“I wanted to write a letter to Wyatt about this crazy and unusual part of his family’s past.”
Cooper welcomed Wyatt via surrogate in April 2020 with his ex, Benjamin Maisani. “It’s awesome,” he said of their co-parenting arrangement.
“It’s probably an unusual setup, but I knew he would be a great dad, and he is,” Cooper added. “We’re exes, but we’re family to each other, and we love each other as family and as co-parents.”
Just recently, Wyatt celebrated his first birthday.
“Today is Wyatt’s first birthday,” the proud papa posted to Instagram. “I can’t believe it has already been a year. He is sweet and funny, happy and kind, and I love him more than I ever thought possible.”
“Thank you for all the lovely birthday wishes!” the dad followed up in a second post. “I am really touched by all the kind thoughts. Getting to see my little boy’s joy-filled face every day, and watching him grow, is the best present I could ever receive.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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