Ashton Kutcher Explained Why He And Mila Kunis Won't Be Passing Down Their Money To Their Children


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Their Approach To Family

Actors Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis started dating in 2012 and tied the knot in 2015. They have a notoriously low key marriage in Hollywood terms, and they are very private about their relationship and their two young children, Wyatt and Dimitri. They don't bring their children to public events and don't even post their pictures on social media in order to let them maintain their anonymity.

An Interesting Take

Not only do they keep their kids' lives private, they also won't be leaving behind their money for them either. Kutcher opened up on Dax Shepard's podcast Armchair Expert and explained why Wyatt and Dimitri would not be receiving trust funds.

"My kids are living a really privileged life, and they don’t even know it. And they’ll never know it, because this is the only one that they’ll know. I’m not setting up a trust for them. We’ll end up giving our money away to charity and to various things."

They Want Resourceful Kids

Kutcher explained that he wouldn't completely cut his children off from the family funds, but he would instead be interested in investing in their business ideas.

"I want them to be really resourceful. Hopefully they'll be motivated to have what they had, or some version of what they had."

Habitual Awareness Of Wealth

This is a consistent stance from the Kutcher/Kunis household, though. Kunis explained in 2017 that they didn't give their kids material Christmas presents because they were getting too accustomed to being spoiled.

"So far, our tradition is no presents for the kids. We're instituting it this year because when the kids are [younger than] one, it doesn't really matter. Last year when we celebrated Christmas, Wyatt was two and it was too much. We didn't give her anything -- it was the grandparents. The kid no longer appreciates the one gift. They don't even know what they're expecting; they're just expecting stuff."

Family Tradition

Kunis continued, explaining that the grandparents had a hard time adhering to this charitable tradition.

"We've told our parents, ‘We're begging you -- if you have to give her something, pick one gift. Otherwise, we'd like to take a charitable donation, to the Children's Hospital or a pet [or] whatever you want.’ That's our new tradition."

Generational wealth is a tricky thing to navigate, and it seems like Kutcher and Kunis have the right idea about how to raise relatively socially aware kids.