Whoopi Goldberg is leaving her $90m fortune to her daughter. These 9 celebs won't leave their kids a thing.

You might have noticed that there is a celebrity trend of leaving children with... no money. 

But for actor and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg, it's a different story, with the star sharing she plans to give her daughter "everything" she has when she dies. 

With a reported net worth of $90 million, Goldberg said on The View that she won't be following in the footsteps of other celebrities who are choosing not to share a single penny with their children.

"One of the great answers is, children learn by what they see," the 68-year-old said. "My mother worked her behind off and so that's why I feel the way I feel, and I'm leaving my kid everything I have."

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Goldberg might not be the norm, though, with several A-listers revealing they either plan to spend their fortune before they die or donate it all to charity, leaving their kids with... approximately nothing.

Read on to discover why these celebs are giving away their kids' inheritance or spending it on themselves.


Hugh Grant.

Actor Hugh Grant says that the one thing he won't do for his five kids is leave them an inheritance. 

"There are few things in life I believe in 100 per cent," Grant said. "But another one is not giving your children money. I see nothing but f**k-ups among my trust-fund friends. It's like 99 per cent f**k-ups. So I would not want to do that to my children, no." 

Mick Jagger.

You can’t always get what you want, according to the Rolling Stones song, and it seems Mick Jagger has taken that to heart.

In a recent profile with the Wall Street Journal, the rockstar hinted that the band's back catalogue might go to charity instead of leaving it to his children.

"The children don't need $500 million to live well. Come on," he told the publication. "You maybe do some good in the world."

Jagger has eight children. The oldest is 52 and the youngest is seven.

Nigella Lawson.

How to butter bread? Ask Nigella.

How to pronounce microwave? Ask Nigella.

Wondering whether you should leave money to your kids? Also, ask Nigella.


Aussies have an undeniable love affair with the British cook, best known for her passionate take on describing food, her award-winning cookbooks and for being a domestic goddess.

Given her immense fortune, and the fact Lawson herself knows a thing or two about a privileged upbringing, (her father was a British conservative chancellor) it's surprising to hear that she's not keen on continuing the tradition.

"I am determined that my children should have no financial security. It ruins people not having to earn money," she told My Weekly. 

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"My kids won't see a penny of my $300m fortune."

We just had to lead with that quote from Sting, because it’s iconic.

The 'Every Breath You Take' and 'Roxanne' singer has been living life to the fullest, and that means his kids can say farewell to a chance at inheriting his money (around $454m, in Australian currency). 

"I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it!" Sting told the Daily Mail in 2014. 

"I certainly don't want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses around their necks. They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate."


Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.

Kunis and Kutcher met each other on the 1998 TV series That 70s Show while playing an on-screen couple. While they weren't dating IRL back then, six years after the show wrapped the two became an official couple.

Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher are notoriously private about their relationship and family, but have shared a fair bit via Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast. With two young kids, the couple have not only decided that bathing is optional, but also have no plans of passing down their immense fortune. 


"My kids are living a really privileged life, and they don't even know it. I'm not setting up a trust for them. We'll end up giving our money away to charity and to various things," Kutcher explained.

Kunis shared a similar sentiment in an Entertainment Tonight interview, noting that Christmas gifts aren't a major thing in their household.

"So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids. They don't even know what they're expecting; they're just expecting stuff."


Mark Zuckerberg.

The Facebook founder became a billionaire before 32, and like Kylie Jenner, he is known as one of the world's youngest 'self-made' billionaires.

Considering his bank balance is booming, Mark Zuckerberg leads a relatively simple life for a billionaire. He often drives a Honda, wears a standard grey T-shirt pretty much every day and is regularly seen shopping at Costco.

In a letter addressed to their daughter Max (which, of course, was posted on Facebook), Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan basically told the world that trust funds aren't their thing.  

"For your generation to live in a better world, there is so much more our generation can do. Your mother and I are committing to spend our lives doing our small part to help solve these challenges. We will give [away] 99 per cent of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission. Max, we love you and feel a great responsibility to leave the world a better place for you and all children."

Luckily for Max, one per cent of Zuckerberg’s Facebook shares will still be a good leg up! 


Gordon Ramsay.

With countless TV shows and appearances, an A-list reputation in the hospitality industry and some pumping restaurant ventures, it's clear Gordon Ramsay has made a bit of coin.

It's an incredible feat considering Ramsay himself grew up with little money. With strong working-class roots, it makes sense why Ramsay and his wife Tana are adamant that their kids shouldn't be spoilt.

"[My money is] definitely not going to them, and that’s not in a mean way; it's to not spoil them," he told The Telegraph. "I've never been really turned on about the money and that's reflected in the way the kids are brought up."


He also revealed to The Telegraph that the children never fly first class with him. 

"They haven't worked anywhere near hard enough to afford that. At that age, at that size, you're telling me they need to sit in first class? No, they do not."

"[When on the plane] I turn left with Tana and they [the kids] turn right and I say to the chief stewardess, 'Make sure those little f**kers don’t come anywhere near us, I want to sleep on this plane.' I've been super lucky, having that career for the last 15 years. Seriously, it has earned a fortune and I've been very lucky, so I respect everything I've got."


And it appears that the Ramsay kids have heard Dad's message loud and clear.

The youngest daughter, Matilda "Tilly" Ramsay has made a name for herself in recent years on Celebrity MasterChef Australia, alongside household names such as Rebecca Gibney, Ian Thorpe and Patrick from Offspring.

Being a cooking whiz obviously runs in the family!

Andrew Forest.

Aussie mining magnate Andrew "Twiggy" Forrest and his wife Nicola made history in 2017 for donating $400 million to several charities, making it the largest philanthropic contribution by any living Australian.

A brilliant donation to local social causes and the economy — but a brilliant decrease in bestowed wealth for the magnate's kids. 

According to daughter Sophia Forrest, their second eldest child and a talented actress, she doesn't mind a bit.

"Inheritance has never really made sense to me," she told Sunday Life Magazine. "You watch it tear families apart and it baffles me. You're not entitled to that money, you haven't earned it, you haven’t worked for it — I don't see why you think it should be yours. So, we all agreed to give it all away."


Daniel Craig.

After playing the one and only James Bond in five film instalments, Daniel Craig can definitely afford a few martinis.

Sitting on a whopping multi-million dollar nest egg, Craig and his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, have both had incredibly successful careers. The couple share two kids, as well as additional children from previous relationships.

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And Craig has let loose that giving away their inheritance to the kids isn't on the cards.


"I don't want to leave great sums to the next generation. I think inheritance is quite distasteful," he told the UK's Candis Magazine. "My philosophy is: get rid of it or give it away before you go."

Aiming to keep the kids humble, Weisz has also confirmed that she and the hubby have always tried to keep their lives as normal as possible.

"Daniel and I are really similar," Weisz told The New York Times. "We're just really crap at talking about our private lives."

Do you plan on leaving money to your kids? Let us know in the comments below!

This article was originally published on September 29, 2023 and has since been updated with new information.

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