But Cooper is okay with not receiving an inheritance, telling Stern, "I don't believe in inheriting money. I think it's an initiative sucker. I think it's a curse."
The 46-year-old TV personality continues, "Who has 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."
Not that Cooper needs the cash. "I'm doing fine on my own, I don't need any," he says.
Despite his success and privileged upbringing, Cooper says growing up he always had a job and was oblivious to his family's wealth — perhaps because only his mother came from money, but his father, Wyatt Emory Cooper, did not.
"I've never paid attention to it, honestly," explains Cooper. "My dad grew up really poor in Mississippi — I paid attention to that because I thought 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."