During the course of their lives, many of the most well-known people in the world have acquired fortunes that range from millions to billions of dollars. Someone could make the assumption that the person's children ought to consider themselves extremely lucky because they will someday inherit all of that money. Having said that, this is not the situation for everyone. Upon their deaths, several famous people have indicated they either want to spend their riches on themselves or give it all to charity.
1. Daniel Craig
The actor who brought 007 to life has an estimated net worth of approximately $160 million, the majority of which was earned from his portrayal of James Bond. However, it is unlikely that his two daughters will inherit any of this wealth.
Craig, who grew up in squalor with a father who was a sailor and a mother who was an art instructor, believes that one must work diligently to make a livelihood. He finds the concept of inheritance repulsive and advocates that individuals expend their hard-earned money during their lifetime.
2. Heath Ledger
Matilda, the daughter of the late actor Heath Ledger, was not initially included in her father's will because he had drafted it before her birth. After his death in 2008, Ledger's estate was divided among his three sisters and parents. Nonetheless, the Ledger family acted morally by transferring Heath's assets to his two-year-old daughter.
From a very impoverished and deprived childhood, the British rock icon amassed a large fortune. The artist has made it obvious that his offspring will need to work diligently to make a livelihood, just as he did. "'I don't want to bequeath them trust funds that will be albatrosses around their necks. They must be employed. All of my children are aware of this, and they rarely ask me for anything, which I respect and appreciate," said the renowned musician.
4. Anderson Cooper
The well-known American television journalist Anderson Cooper will not leave his son an inheritance. Recently, he discussed this on the radio. He adheres to the viewpoint of his parents, who paid for his college education alone. According to the journalist, a person should then accomplish everything on their own.
5. Elton John
Elton John, a gifted musician, joined the list of renowned Britons who have decided not to leave their fortune to their offspring, or at least not to leave it in its entirety to them, but rather to donate a substantial portion of it to charity. John stated, "Of course, I want to leave my children in a secure financial position, but it's a dreadful idea to give them a silver spoon. It destroys their lives."
6. Gordon Ramsay
Ramsay does not intend to leave his wealth to his five offspring. The renowned chef stated emphatically, "It will not go to them." "And that's not a bad thing; it's for their own good," he added. Similarly, he acknowledges that he has been very fortunate in his career in recent years, has amassed a large fortune, and values everything he has.
7. Mark Zuckerberg
In 2015, in a letter to their newborn daughter Maxima, Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan pledged to donate 99% of their company's shares, which were worth over $45 billion at the time. Previously, in December 2012, Zuckerberg and his wife proclaimed that they will donate the majority of their wealth to "advance human potential and promote equality" in accordance with The Giving Pledge.
8. Jackie Chan
The martial artist, actor, and producer from Hong Kong has said that he will donate half of his money to charity after his death, so neither of his two children will get any of his millions of dollars. If he's any good, he can support himself. Chan stated this of his first-born son Jaycee: "If he isn't, he will waste my money."
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