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Sting: Kids Won't Get Much Inheritance

June 23, 2014

EFE Ingles

British rocker Sting said in an interview with the press that he did not plan to leave "much money" to his six children and did not believe in "trust funds."

"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 told the Mail newspaper.

The 62-year-old former The Police frontman, whose real name is Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, told the newspaper that he frowned on passing down wealth.

"I certainly don't want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks," Sting said. "They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate."

The musician, who was born to a working class family in the northeastern city of Wallsend, is estimated to have a fortune of more than 225 million euros ($305.9 million).

"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," Sting said.

The musician said people often had mistaken ideas about how his children had been raised.

"People make assumptions, that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but they have not been given a lot," the singer said.

Sting and The Police scored their first big hit in 1979 with "Roxanne" and went on to sell more than 100 million records around the world. EFE

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