Anderson Cooper Made A Bold Decision About His $200 Million Fortune

Anderson Cooper has been one of America’s best-loved anchormen for nearly two decades now. And CNN sure seems to recognize his worth. In fact, the silver fox now earns more in a month than some of his viewers will in a lifetime. But in 2021 the newscaster surprised everyone when he revealed what he plans to do with all his wealth.

A cool $200 million

So how much exactly does Cooper have in the bank? Well, according to website Celebrity Net Worth the figure is somewhere around the $200 million mark. That number will only continue to grow, too. He reportedly earns a cool $12 million each year for his Anderson Cooper 360 show on CNN.

Shipping tycoon

Of course, Cooper is used to being surrounded by money. His great-great-great grandpa is none other than Cornelius Vanderbilt, a railroad and shipping tycoon reported to have been one of the five richest people in history. And Anderson’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, inherited some of that fortune: $5 million in 1925 to be exact, but that’s more like an inflation-adjusted $70 million in today’s money.

Gloria Vanderbilt

Gloria was herself initially reported to have amassed $200 million by the time she passed away following a battle with stomach cancer in 2019. The heiress’ fortune was said to have been boosted as the founder of a popular denim clothing company. Of course, Cooper had already made a similar amount himself at this point, too.

CNN regular

Since the early day of his career as an ABC News correspondent in the mid-1990s, Cooper's success has only grown. Then, in 2001, he landed an anchorman position on CNN, where he's remained ever since. And as the newscaster’s popularity grew, so did his net worth. In 2007, the star doubled his annual salary to $4 million, thanks to a lucrative new contract.