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Sting's Kids Won't Inherit His Wealth: 'They Have to Work'

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Monday, 23 Jun 2014 10:07 AM

By Nick Sanchez

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Sting's kids won't inherit his $300 million, the singer professed in a recent interview.

"They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate," the 16-time Grammy Award winner and frontman of The Police told The Daily Mail over the weekend. "I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks."

Sting, 62, whose real name is Gordon Sumner, is father to three boys and three girls ranging from 18 to 37 years of age. He and his wife, Trudie Styler, are grandparents as well.

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"Obviously if they were in trouble, I would help them, but I’ve never really had to do that. They have the work ethic that makes them want to succeed on their own merit," he said proudly during the interview.

An active philanthropist and past Band Aid participant, Sting said that even if he didn't view trust funds as harmful to the development of his children, his money is already committed.

"I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it. We have a lot of commitments. What comes in, we spend, and there isn’t much left."

Sting is not the only wealthy celebrity to refrain from spoiling his kids rotten.

Actor Jackie Chan has previously stated that his son Jaycee won't receive an inheritance either, and said he will support him on his quest to make his own money, The Boston Globe reported.

A year ago, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson expressed similar sentiments, saying "I am determined that my children should have no financial security. It ruins people not having to earn money."

Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens is equally known for his sentiment that wealth "does more harm than good" when it comes to raising responsible, self-sustaining adults.

Sting came from humble beginnings himself, so it's no surprise he expects his kids to make their own way just like he did. Sting's father was a milkman and his mother a hairdresser, and he was raised in a shipbuilding community in northeast England.

"People make assumptions that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth," he said of his six children, "but they have not been given a lot."

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