Actor Daniel Craig, best known for his role as James Bond, is one of the most successful actors in Hollywood. Craig has amassed great wealth due to his 007 roles, but he doesn’t plan to leave that wealth to his children.
In a recent interview the actor credited Andrew Carnegie, one of the richest men in American history, for his thoughts on wealth.
“Isn’t there an old adage that if you die a rich person, you’ve failed?” Craig said. “I think Andrew Carnegie gave away what in today’s money would be about $11 billion, which shows how rich he was because I’ll bet he kept some of it too.”
“But I don’t want to leave great sums to the next generation. I think inheritance is quite distasteful. My philosophy is: get rid of it or give it away before you go.”
Craig, who is father to a 3-year-old daughter and an adult daughter, was reportedly paid $25 million to star in the upcoming James Bond film called No Time To Die, marking his fifth and final time to play the spy. In 2012 alone he grossed $951 million at the box office thanks to the release of Skyfall.
Daniel Craig isn’t the only celebrity who doesn’t plan to leave his wealth to his children. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, software developer Bill Gates, America’s Got Talent judge Simon Cowell, and singers Elton John and Sting have all spoken publicly about teaching their children the value of hard work by refusing to leave them with a hefty inheritance.
See a preview of Daniel Craig’s final appearance as James Bond in the trailer below.
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