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 September 18

by Carolina

Being a celebrity sometimes means being rich and famous, and often, close relatives would no longer have to concern themselves with money problems. However, there are some stars who refused to share their wealth with their children.

Being the child of a celebrity comes with untold privileges from paparazzi to being adored by fans and, most importantly, not having to bother about working for a penny as daddy/mommy’s wealth foots the bill.

However, there are other stars who would rather bend their fist when it comes to sharing their wealth with their children. Here is a list of celebrities who refused to give their kids their fortune.

A picture montage of Tony Curtis, Joan Crawford and Jerry Lewis | Photo: Getty Images

A picture montage of Tony Curtis, Joan Crawford and Jerry Lewis | Photo: Getty Images

STING

Sting undoubtedly goes down as one of the most successful singers of all time. From obscurity and impoverished childhood, the rock star went on to build a life of fortune and fame for himself. 

Despite being worth millions of dollars, Sting made it clear that not a penny would be handed down to his children. In 2014, the singer reportedly said not so much would have been left for his kids to inherit by the time he dies.

Sting visits SiriusXM Studios on April 29, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Sting visits SiriusXM Studios on April 29, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Sting noted that he expects his sons and daughters to earn their own money and live responsible lives. The former policeman frontman is known for his large heart and charity, and he hopes his kids understand how he spends his money.

Sting has over a hundred people on his payroll, which means he spends what he earns. The singer explained that he did not want to leave trust funds for them, which would end up being a problem for them.

It looks like the rockstar’s children have come to terms with their father’s decision as he once explained that they barely asked him for things, a gesture he appreciated and respected.

Although he does not intend to leave an inheritance for his kids, Sting is willing to come to his children’s aid, but thus far, he noted that none of them had the need for his help as they already possess the work ethics required to help them succeed.

JOAN CRAWFORD

Like Sting and other celebrities, Joan Crawford had a successful career, and hopes were that she would leave behind an inheritance for her family but shockingly, she chose to have them work for their money.

Crawford was known for many reasons in her lifetime, one of which included her love for charity. She adopted five children, out of which one was reclaimed by his birth mother while she raised the others.

Joan Crawford in a promotional still from 'The Best Of Everything', directed by Jean Negulesco, 1959 | Photo: Getty Images

Joan Crawford in a promotional still from ‘The Best Of Everything’, directed by Jean Negulesco, 1959 | Photo: Getty Images

A year after her death, her eldest adopted daughter Christina released a shocking tell-all memoir, “Mommie Dearest,” which was a heartbreaking attack against the actress.

The book, which was widely criticized, brought an ugly aspect of Crawford which those who knew her doubted, including her longtime rival, Bett Davis.

Joan Crawford in her starring role in 'Mildred Pierce', circa 1944 | Photo: Getty Images

Joan Crawford in her starring role in ‘Mildred Pierce’, circa 1944 | Photo: Getty Images

Christina painted Crawford as a dark, abusive mom whose drinking problems led her to have uncontrollable fits of anger. Her book did not come as a shock to fans as Christina and Crawford had bad blood between them.

Prior to her death, Crawford was aware of the book’s existence and made sure to leave the rebellious Christina and her brother Christopher with nothing. She left all to charity and her twin daughters, Cathy and Cindy.

In the shock of the humiliation, Christina and Christopher reacted to being left out by contesting the will. In the end, both parties received a respectable sum from Crawford’s estate.

Joan Crawford hugs her adopted daughter Christina, wearing matching outfits, June 1944 | Photo: Getty Images

Joan Crawford hugs her adopted daughter Christina, wearing matching outfits, June 1944 | Photo: Getty Images

TONY CURTIS

Another heavyweight on the list is Hollywood legend, Tony Curtis. The actor shocked the world when news emerged that he did not leave a penny for his children despite owning a fortune.

Tony was loved for his many roles in movies and his good looks. At his death, he was easily considered one of the best of his generation, but questions were raised about his fatherhood for deciding to leave his kids penniless.

Tony Curtis salutes at the annual Veterans Day parade on November 11, 2009 | Photo: Getty Images

Tony Curtis salutes at the annual Veterans Day parade on November 11, 2009 | Photo: Getty Images

The actor, who was the father of famous actress Jamie Lee Curtis had six wives and six children and a string of affairs in between. The actor sometimes agreed with his daughter Jamie that he was not the best of dads.

At his death, his estate was worth $60 million, and five months to his death, the actor ensured to leave no space for his kids. The actor did not give any reason for leaving out his children from his will.

Tony Curtis with his wife Leslie and their sons Nicholas and Benjamin in London in 1973  | Photo: Getty Images

Tony Curtis with his wife Leslie and their sons Nicholas and Benjamin in London in 1973 | Photo: Getty Images

Two of his kids were said to have challenged the will, as the rest were left shocked by their dad’s decision. Prior to his death, Curtis maintained that he would leave funds behind for his kids, but it seems he had a last-minute change of heart.

Reports revealed that his estate carried out an online auction of items owned by the actor, and afterward, about a million dollars was raised, all of which went to his widow and fifth wife, Jill Vandenberg Curtis, and their charity.

Tony Curtis with son Nicholas at Hugh Hefner's engagement to Kimberley Conrad in 1989 | Photo: Getty Images

Tony Curtis with son Nicholas at Hugh Hefner’s engagement to Kimberley Conrad in 1989 | Photo: Getty Images

MICKEY ROONEY

Before his death at age 93, actor Mickey Rooney and his family never saw eye to eye, but everything worsened after his death. A few weeks to his death, Rooney made sure to cut his family off his will and left a meager sum to his stepson and caretaker.

The actor’s estate was grossly mismanaged, and he disinherited his eight surviving children, as well as his estranged wife, Jan Rooney. She was allowed to keep his pension and other benefits due to a former agreement.

Rooney’s children filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles just over a month after his death, saying the iconic actor was under “undue influence” when he wrote his will weeks before his death. After several internal strifes, Rooney’s will finally stood.

Mickey Rooney at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

Mickey Rooney at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014, in West Hollywood, California | Photo: Getty Images

JERRY LEWIS

Jerry Lewis was survived by his wife, six children from a previous marriage, one adopted daughter, and a $50 million estate. But the actor shockingly disinherited his children from his first marriage from any benefits.

His will did not state why, but Lewis wrote that it was an intentional decision putting to rest claims that he was under any form of pressure.

Jerry Lee Lewis at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on November 17, 2018 in Cerritos, California | Photo: Getty Images

Jerry Lee Lewis at Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts on November 17, 2018 in Cerritos, California | Photo: Getty Images

A daughter who he supposedly fathered out of wedlock, Susan Lewis, alongside five of the actor’s sons, rose up to challenge the will, but the process of challenging the will would cost the family both time and money.

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