Anderson Cooper will be financially shut out when his incredibly rich mother goes to that big fashion design house in the sky.

Cooper recently said he won't inherit any money from his mother Gloria Vanderbilt's $200 million fortune, according to the New York Post.

The CNN host told Howard Stern on his radio show that his 90-year-old mother, the great-great-great-granddaughter of the railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt, has told him he gets nothing when she dies -- and he doesn't seem to care.

Anderson Cooper arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California in this February 26, 2012 file photograph.
Anderson Cooper arrives at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California in this February 26, 2012 file photograph. (Reuters/Danny Moloshok)

"My mom's made clear to me that there's no trust fund. There's none of that," Cooper told Howard Stern on his radio show. "I don't believe in inheriting money ... I think it's an initiative sucker. I think it's a curse. Who's 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 pot of gold waiting for me, I don't know that I would've been so motivated.

"I'm doing fine on my own, I don't need any," he said.

Right ... he's just going to have to squeeze by on the $11 million that CNN gives him every year.

According to the Post, the 47-year-old lives in a converted firehouse in Greenwich Village and also has a Hamptons estate in Quogue. He signed a contract extension in November that will keep him at CNN through the 2016 presidential election.


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Vanderbilt reportedly inherited most of her wealth from her father, Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, an heir to the Vanderbilt railroad fortune who died when she was barely a year old. Cooper's father, Wyatt Emory Cooper, was Vanderbilt's fourth husband and died in 1978 from a heart attack.

Cooper said he likes to focus on his father's life rather than his wealthy ancestors.

"I've never paid attention to it, honestly, like my dad grew up really poor in Mississippi ... that's a healthier thing to pay attention to than like some statue of a great-great-great-grandfather who has no connection to my life."

Easy for the guy with a second home in the Hamptons to say.

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