7. Anderson Cooper
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CNN News anchor, Anderson Cooper, has an estimated net worth of $100 million all for his work as a news correspondent and investigative journalist. But Cooper grew up in a life of comfort provided by his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress of the million-dollar Vanderbilt Empire. Her net worth is estimated at nearly $200 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. Vanderbilt money goes way back to Cooper’s great-great-grandfather, Cornelius Vanderbilt, who made a fortune as founder of shipping and railroad companies.
Cooper’s career began at the age of 3 when he appeared with his mother on The Tonight Show. Ha worked as a model for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Macy’s but doleful events (his father’s death and his brother’s suicide) provoked his interest in journalism. Being extremely hard-working and talented, Anderson managed to succeed and now his annual salary is about $11 million. His mother, however, made it clear for him that he wouldn’t receive her fortune and that there’s no trust fund. This way she intends to motivate her son to make his own way. Cooper has no idea what his mom is going to do with her fortune but considering his own net worth he shouldn’t even bother.