Which Stars Won’t Leave Their Estates to Their Children?

Many A-listers have an impressive fortune worth millions and sometimes even billions of dollars, but not all of them intend to pass on this wealth from one generation to another.

Although there have been celebrity children who have benefitted by inheriting a large estate from their parents, or were set up with trust funds, there are others, like Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who feel that their money is better spent on charity. They do not intend to set their kids up with trusts—although if their kids have a good business plan, that’s another thing. Musician Sting feels a trust fund would be to his children’s detriment.

Wealth Advisor’s recent article, “10 Celebs Who Set Their Children Up With A Trust Fund (And 10 Who Refuse),” list some stars who want to leave their children with trusts, and a some who do not want to leave an estate and want their children to work hard for what they achieve in life.

When Carrie Fisher died, she named her only child Billie Lourd as the sole beneficiary of her estate. This left her with personal and household objects, a life insurance policy, her mother’s intellectual property rights, a Tesla S and more.

Michael Jackson’s three children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket are already millionaires, who benefited from his success and fortune. Each child is reported to get millions of dollars a year but are expected to receive their father’s full fortune when they turn 40.

When David Bowie died, he left half of his $100 million estate to his widow Iman and split the other half evenly between his two children. His son Duncan is believed to have received his inheritance straight away, but Alexandria will have to wait until she turns 25 to inherit her money.

On the flip side, George Lucas doesn’t intend to turn his four children into trust fund babies. He’s signed The Giving Pledge, stating that he’ll donate his estate and his wealth to those in need, to do some good in the world.

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are parents to two children, but they won’t to set them up with trust funds. Instead, they’ll have to work for what they want. Jackie Chan wants his son, Jaycee, to make his own way in the world. Jackie has been quoted as saying that when it comes to money, his son must be capable of earning it for himself. “If he is capable, he can make his own money. If he is not, then he will just be wasting my money,” he said.

Learn how trust attorneys can help with your estate plan.

Reference: Wealth Advisor (December 3, 2019) “10 Celebs Who Set Their Children Up With A Trust Fund (And 10 Who Refuse)”

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