Anderson Cooper Opens Up About Being Propositioned as a Child Model, Reveals He Will Not Receive an Inheritance

By Peter Gicas
|  Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014  |  Updated 12:47 PM CDT
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Anderson Cooper put his handsome looks to good use as a model starting at age 10.

However, while chatting with Howard Stern on the radio personality's program on Monday, the 46-year-old CNN anchor explained why he decided to leave the modeling world at 13.

"I got propositioned by a photographer...a male," Cooper said. "He somehow got my number and called me up and offered me money, and so it freaked me out. I never told anybody. I just stopped. I was, like, 'forget it.'"

When asked exactly how much money he was offered, Cooper brought a little levity to the conversation by saying, "$2,500, which I thought was a little low."

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Speaking of money, the guy was obviously surrounded by plenty of it as a kid. After all, he is the son of heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.

But Cooper told Stern he will not be receiving any kind of inheritance.

"My mom's made it clear to me that there's no trust fund," he revealed. "There's none of that."

After calling inherited money an "initiative sucker" and a "curse," Cooper said, "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."

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