5 Loving Moms Who Inspired The World’s Most Influential People

5 Loving Moms Who Inspired The World’s Most Influential People

There are more than a million more reasons why you shouldn’t miss the chance to show mom how much she is loved and appreciated for all that she is and all that she has done for you this Mother’s Day. Sweep her off her feet with a heart-melting flower arrangement, or better yet, a gorgeous orchid plant that she can dote on and take care of every day. Proven for their resilience and staying power, whenever she sees your beautiful orchid gift, she’ll be reminded of your thoughtfulness and affection.

Do you know why Mother’s Day is such an incredibly special holiday? Just imagine what a cold and dreary world it would without our incredible moms who were the first teachers of kindness, compassion, and unconditional love that trumps all hate and hardships life can bring. There is truth in the saying that a huge part of who you are today, you owe it your mother.

Here are several powerful people who look up to their moms and credit them for their achievements.

Gloria Vanderbilt, Anderson Cooper’s Mom


Gloria Vanderbilt is more than Anderson Cooper’s mom. Prior to becoming the mother of CNN”s iconic media personality, Vanderbilt was already an absolute darling of the press and a stunning socialite during her time. Doing other women proud and proving the world that loving moms can be a successful and accomplished woman in their own right, too, she’s a prolific writer, an artist, and a fashion icon.

A true heir to the $200 million Vanderbilt fortune, Anderson Cooper’s nonchalance about not inheriting a cent from his mom is a strong testament to how well he was raised to become a decent, principled, and hardworking man who has carved out his own name in a highly competitive field and made his own wealth as well.  

"Happy 95th Birthday to my mom, Still painting everyday @gloriavanderbiltstudio. Still dreaming and creating, still believing the next great love is right around the corner. Who knows? Maybe she is right? I love you, Mom," Cooper wrote on his Instagram as a tribute to his mom’s birthday.

Swati Roysircar, Mindy Kaling’s Mom

Swati Roysircar is the affectionate mother of award-winning comedian and bestselling author, Mindy Kaling. Giving a glimpse of her relationship with her mom and how she was taught to become her own person, Kaling told New York Magazine:

“My relationship with my mom is really the single most profound relationship that I’ve ever had in my life … I said to her, ‘Mom, I’m going to be so lonely without you.’ And she just said, ‘You have to be your own best friend. If you always remember that, you will always have someone there with you.’”


“My mom was incredibly fierce and so devoted to us, just loved us and really wanted us to be happy no matter what we did,” said Kaling, 38, during the interview. “My career choice was not something that she was familiar with and she was just so supportive of that. And if I could give that to my child, just that open-mindedness, I’d be so happy.”

When her mom passed away after succumbing to pancreatic cancer, Mindy volunteered her support to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN).

Tina Knowles, Beyonce’s Mom

The mother to Queen Bey, Tina Knowles is one of the known driving force to music royalties Beyonce and Solange Knowles. The super supportive mom has always been hands on to the creative pursuits of her kids, which is evident in the unforgettable fashion choices during the age of Destiny’s Child. Teaching her children about the real essence of beauty, Tina Knowles passed on what she has learned from her own mother.

"I have always stressed to my girls that outer beauty fades but inner beauty lasts forever. Simple things like smiling and looking people in the eye could change someone's bad day into a good one. My mom always said that beauty is as beauty does, and I'm sure it will pass along to all the future generations of our family," she said.  

Today, Beyonce, herself, is a mother of three: Blue Ivy and twins Rumi and Sir. Talking about her mom and her hopes about motherhood, she said:

“My daughter introduced me to myself. You know, my mother and I are so close, and I always prayed that I would have that type of relationship with my daughter. And she’s still a baby, but the connection I had with her when I was giving birth was something that I’ve never felt before.”

Marian Shields Robinson, Michelle Obama’s Mom

Beyond being the strong woman behind the United States’ first African president, former U.S. First Lady Michelle Lavaughn Obama is also a high-profile lawyer, bestselling author, and an outspoken advocate for the women and the youth. A mother of two lovely girls herself, Michelle has always been vocal about how her mom helped her be a dedicated mom and more by being there for her and her two lovely daughters, Malia and Sasha.

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The presence of an affectionate grandmother gave the two kids who were then only 10 and 7 a normal home and childhood despite being in the White House. An independent and down-to-earth woman, Mrs. Robinson who was firm about doing her own laundry even taught her granddaughters how to do their own.  

“She is my salvation and not just because she is there, but because she is there in a positive way. I know that in addition to all the extra love and attention, she is instilling the discipline and the rules. She cheats a little bit as grandmas do, but the baseline in terms of how we as a family believe in instilling character and our values, I know that that’s the same across the board.”

Betty De Generes, Ellen DeGeneres’ Mom

Betty De Generes is the mother of one of America’s most-adored TV personalities, Ellen DeGeneres. An admirable example of a parent’s unconditional love, Betty not only fully accepts and supports Ellen as a member of the LGBT community but is also a passionate spokesperson and a human rights activist representing Human Rights Campaign's National Coming Out Project and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

In an old interview with Boston.com, she spoke about how Ellen came out to her and shared that:

“She cried when she told me, because she didn’t know what I would do. And I hugged her, and I thought she’ll suddenly be an object of discrimination and bigotry and that was not okay. But we had a very, very good relationship, a very close relationship, and that helps tremendously. I think if people come out to their parents and they don’t have a close relationship to begin with, that can make it very hard.”

Ellen, on the other hand, revealed to Good Housekeeping how it was like to grow up with a single parent at 13.

“When my parents divorced, it was my mother and me, by ourselves in an apartment. At that point, we kind of became roommates. I was 13 years old. She’d been married for almost 20 years, and I watched her go through a tough time, trying to date, trying to figure things out. She dated some horrible men whom I had to kick out of the house. So, at 13, I kind of became an adult and was taking care of … watching her struggle. It made me go, Oh, you’re my mom, but you’re just a human being. I saw her in a different role all of a sudden.”

Their statements emphasized the importance and how special the connection moms have with their children.

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