Sometimes you might ask yourself, “why wasn’t I born rich?“. But actually, many rich and famous parents don’t wanna leave a penny to their children, either to donate their fortune to charity, to teach them a lesson about responsibility, or simply because they aren’t in contact with them anymore. Here, we’ll look at 15 rich celebrities who aren’t leaving their children any money.
#15. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis
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Ashton Kutcher recently stated that he and wife Mila Kunis aren’t setting up a trust for their children. They’ll only give them money as an investment if they have a good business idea, but that’s about it. The rest of their fortune is going straight to charity.
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#14. Gordon Ramsay
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The celebrity chef has made a fortune during his career (an estimated $160 million), but none of his children will see any of it when he dies. Why? Because he thinks it would only “ruin them” and he won’t “spoil them”. He will only give them a 25% deposit on a flat once they move out.
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Sting has told his children that there won’t be much money left for them because he’s spending it. Not only that, but he believes his children will succeed on their own merit without the help of his money. However, he added that if they were in trouble, he would help them out.
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#12. Bill Gates
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Bill and his wife Melinda are leaving the majority of their fortune to various charities, and to their own charity, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. They believe that giving their children all that money wouldn’t help them in the long run.
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#11. Mike Bloomberg
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Former New York Mayor Mark Bloomberg is not planning on leaving his billions to his two daughters. Instead, he will donate everything to charity. He stated that supporting organizations that will make the world a better place is the best way to show his daughters he loves them.
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#10. Aaron Spelling
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Legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling had a $600 million fortune, of which his famous daughter Tori saw… well, very little. According to her mom, Candy Spelling, Tori’s shopping addiction was the reason why her father decided not to leave his fortune to her. Ouch.
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#9. Simon Cowell
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Famous X Factor creator and judge Simon Cowell is leaving his massive fortune to charity benefiting “kids and dogs”, but not his own son, Eric. Just like other celebs on our list, he wants to make the world a better place for Eric to grow up in.
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#8. Gene Simmons
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KISS bassist has said that his children will have to make their own money when they grow up. He will leave an inheritance for them, but they will never be rich off his money. According to him, the kids will be forced to go out and make a living on their own.
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#7. Tom Cruise
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After his divorce with Katie Holmes in 2012, Tom Cruise stopped having contact with daughter Suri. It is common practice in the Curch of Scientology to cut ties with any family members who leave the church, as Katie Holmes did, when she took Suri with her. Sadly, Suri is not a part of Cruise’s life anymore, and will most likely receive nothing from him.
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Nigella has said that once her children finish college, she will no longer support them financially. According to her, not having to earn money ruins people, and that’s not what she wants for her kids.
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#5. Anthony Hopkins
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Anthony Hopkins has been estranged from his daughter Abigail for decades. Allegedly, he abandoned her and her mother when she was a baby, and, although they reconciled briefly in the 90s, he has no intention of seeing her again. He said in an interview that he has chosen to get on with his life, and doesn’t care about their relationship anymore.
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#4. Elton John
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Elton John‘s two children will only see a slice of his humongous fortune. He and husband David Furnish want to leave their boys in a sound financial state, but not feed them with a silver spoon because that would “ruin their lives”.
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#3. Bill Hudson
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Bill Hudson, father of Kate and Oliver Hudson has not been a part of their lives for decades. He abandoned the family when they were both very young. He said in an interview that he no longer recognizes them as his own children, and that they’re dead to him.
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#2. George Lucas
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Star Wars creator George Lucas is filthy rich. However, he pledged his massive fortune to charity in 2012. He wants it all to go to education, to raise the bar for future generations of students of all ages.
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#1. Jackie Chan
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The beloved movie star had a daughter, Etta, from an affair he had while married to his current wife, Joan Lin. Chan never publicly acknowledged her as such and, according to Etta, he never intended to help her when she had financial troubles. So much so, that Etta was homeless and living under a bridge for some time. She has said that the fact that she belongs to the LGBT community is the reason for her father’s estrangement.