Daniel Craig bombshell: Here’s

Television chef Nigella Lawson and actor Daniel Craig. Images via Instagram @_nigella_lawson_ @craigdanielbond.

Daniel Craig bombshell: Here’s how to leave your child ‘nothing’ – experts

Following Daniel Craig’s decision to deny his kids an inheritance, experts weigh in on how to approach the situation.

Daniel Craig bombshell: Here’s

Television chef Nigella Lawson and actor Daniel Craig. Images via Instagram @_nigella_lawson_ @craigdanielbond.

Following Daniel Craig’s comment on an inheritance being “distasteful”, experts weigh in on how to approach leaving your children to fend for themselves.


Daniel Craig is the latest celebrity to add his name to the list of parents who will not be leaving their children an inheritance upon their death as he believes it is “distasteful”. The Casino Royale star has two daughters, 29-year-old Ella and an almost three-year-old daughter with his wife, Rachel Weisz.

“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,” said Craig to Candis Magazine.

“Isn’t there an old adage that if you die a rich person, you’ve failed?” he continued.

Other celebrities who aren’t leaving their children an inheritance include,

  • Steve Jobs – The former Apple CEO’s wealth will end with his wife Laurene Powell-Jobs.
  • Nigella Lawson – The chef does not believe in leaving her kids with financial security as it “ruins people” not having to earn money.
  • Simon Cowell – The America’s Got Talent judge does not believe in generational wealth

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Researcher Charles Stanley found that one in six parents would not split their wealth equally amongst their children leaving over a third upset, a fifth betrayed, almost a fifth angry and one sixth admitting it would lead to an argument.

Experts advise parents to have these conversations with their kids when they are at the right age.

“If you’ve made a similar decision and are worried how your children will react to not receiving any inheritance, then it’s important you speak to them at the right age and explain the reasons for this,” said Noah Levin, Chief Marketing Officer at Babysense to Femail.

“Start by explaining why they won’t be receiving any money, whether that’s down to a lack of funds, your desire for them to learn to work hard and/or you believe a charity will benefit from the money more,” he continued. 


The parenting expert also said children may value sentimental objects and family heirlooms over financial gain. 

“So have a discussion around what they might like to receive or what you have in mind,” he continued.

“Although this may be a difficult conversation to have, the more your children understand, the less likely they will bear a grudge and instead, they may even appreciate that you have approached them to explain your wishes,” he added. 


Another parenting expert said denying your child an inheritance may lead to the child feeling rejected and may affect your relationship with the child in long run.

“If you do decide to cut your children out of your inheritance, prepare yourself mentally and emotionally to be cut out of their lives for good,” said Fiona Small, Founder at Young Mums Support Network, according to Daily Mail.

“Some children may interpret this as a rejection of them, so weigh up what to say, and be prepared for the consequences of missing out of a relationship with your grandchildren, and missing weddings, etc,” she continued.

The parenting expert also said you can leave an inheritance for your child with boundaries and stipulations.

“I think it’s ok to have stipulations in place, so they don’t get handed millions in one go, and it’s important that they are responsible with it, so boundaries are essential, but I think it’s wrong not to leave them anything at all,” she added.