It is easy to envy the life of the celebrity. They are so beautiful, so adored and on the covers of all the magazines. Their lives seem perfect, and they do not have to deal with the issues that plague the average person. It may be even more unfair when a celebrity is already born with a silver spoon in his or her mouth, but these already-rich celebrities prove they can create their own wealth.
10. Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper is a true CNN icon who continues to dominate the world news cycle. Yet, what many people may not realize is he was born into one of America’s richest families. The majority of his wealth came from his mother and heiress, Gloria Vanderbilt. In 1970, he made his first television appearance with his mother on The Tonight Show.
Cooper’s grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and his socialite wife, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt. Then, there is his great-great-grandfather who built the family fortune through shipping and railroads. In the early 80s, many of the most fashionable flaunted Vanderbilt Jeans. His mother created their fashion design house. This might explain where he learned his fashion sense and youthful style.
Although Cooper probably rakes in the big bucks as a senior CNN anchor, his mother is estimated to be worth upwards of $200 million. Pocket change that is not! He even attended the Dalton School, an independent school in New York. His demeanor is such that he does not exhibit any of the expected trappings of enormous and extravagant wealth.
Anderson Cooper has made a global name for himself as a highly respected anchor on CNN. This is all the more reason to praise his upbringing, as he could have easily chosen to live the life of the rich, freewheeling bachelor. Instead, Cooper decided to make his own mark in the world apart from his family’s enviable and vast fortune.