Anderson Cooper Biography

Anderson Cooper is a well-known American broadcast journalist. On CNN News, he hosts the show Anderson Cooper 360. Cooper also works as a correspondent for 60 Minutes. Cooper has been a journalist for CBS News’ 60 Minutes since 2007, while also working as a CNN anchor and correspondent.

How old is Anderson Cooper? – Age

He was born as Anderson Hays Cooper on 3 June 1967 in New York City, United States. He is 54 years as of 2021.

Where did Anderson Cooper go to school? – Education

Cooper went to the Dalton School, a private co-educational university preparatory day school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. He then attended Yale University and lived in Trumbull College. He was admitted into the Manuscript Society after majoring in political science and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989.

Anderson Cooper – Family

Cooper was born in Manhattan, New York City, to novelist Wyatt Emory Cooper and artist, fashion designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. His maternal grandparents were Vanderbilt family wealthy equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and Reginald’s patrilineal great-grandfather was business mogul Cornelius Vanderbilt, who created the renowned Vanderbilt shipping and railroad company. He is also a descendent of Civil War brevet Major General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, who accompanied General William Tecumseh Sherman on his march through Georgia, via his mother. From Gloria Vanderbilt’s ten-year marriage to conductor Leopold Stokowski, Cooper has two elder half-brothers, Leopold Stanislaus “Stan” Stokowski and Christopher Stokowski. His father, Wyatt, died on January 5, 1978, at 50, after suffering a series of heart attacks while having open-heart surgery.

Cooper’s elder brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, killed himself on July 22, 1988, at the age of 23, by jumping from the 14th-floor terrace of Vanderbilt’s New York City penthouse residence. Cooper, then 17, went on a “survival journey” throughout Africa for several months after graduating from Dalton a semester early. During the journey, he became ill with malaria and was hospitalized in Kenya. Cooper described the event by writing, “Africa was a place to forget and be forgotten in.”

Anderson Cooper Spouse

Cooper dated French businessman Benjamim Maisani for ten years before splitting up in 2018.
The two would stay in each other’s life when they both received their baby, Wyatt Emory Cooper, through a surrogate in 2020.
Cooper has stated in interviews that they are exes, but they are family to one other and love each other as family.
Cooper acknowledged that he grew up in a single-parent family and wishes to provide a different experience for his kid.

Anderson Cooper The CBS and CNN journalist
Anderson Cooper The CBS and CNN journalist

What is Cooper Salary?

He earns a salary of $12 million a year.

Cooper Net Worth

He has a net worth of $200 million.

Anderson Cooper Career

Cooper’s involvement with the media began at a young age. Diane Arbus photographed him when he was a kid for Harper’s Bazaar. Cooper appeared on The Tonight Show with his mother on September 17, 1970, at the age of three. He appeared on To Tell the Truth as an imposter when he was nine years old. Cooper posed for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Macy’s for Ford Models from the age of 10 to 13.

Cooper joined ABC News as a journalist in 1995, eventually ascending to the role of co-anchor of the network’s nightly World News Now program on September 21, 1999. In 2000, he changed careers, becoming the presenter of ABC’s reality show The Mole.
Cooper also filled in as a co-host on the TV chat program Live with Regis and Kelly in 2007 after Philbin underwent triple-bypass heart surgery. As of 2019, he still serves as a guest co-host on Live when one of the two hosts is unable to work. Cooper departed The Mole after the second season to pursue a career in broadcast news. He joined CNN in 2001. His first job at CNN was as an anchor on American Morning with Paula Zahn. He was named CNN’s weekend prime-time host in 2002. He has presented CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square since 2002. Cooper began hosting Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN on September 8, 2003. Cooper covered a number of significant events in 2005, including the tsunami devastation in Sri Lanka, the Cedar Revolution in Beirut, Lebanon, Pope John Paul II’s death, and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. He documented the Niger famine from Maradi in August 2005. CNN’s NewsNight format was modified from 60 to 120 minutes in September 2005 to handle the unusually violent hurricane season. Cooper was briefly added as co-anchor alongside Aaron Brown to assist in spread some of the extra work.
This arrangement was believed to have been made permanent the same month by CNN’s U.S. operations president, Jonathan Klein, who has referred to Cooper as “the anchorperson of the future.”
The inclusion of Cooper improved NewsNight’s ratings substantially. Klein said that Cooper’s name was on the tip of everyone’s tongues. To capitalize on this, Klein announced a substantial programming reorganization on November 2, 2005. Cooper’s 360° show would be enlarged to two hours and moved to the 10:00 p.m. ET time previously held by NewsNight, with the third hour of Wolf Blitzer’s The Situation Room occupying Cooper’s former 7:00 p.m. ET slot. Aaron Brown departed CNN with no choices to host shows, ostensibly having “mutually agreed” with Jonathan Klein on the subject.
Cooper secured a multi-year contract with CNN in early 2007 that allowed him to continue contributing to 60 Minutes while also raising his pay from $2 million to a reported $4 million.
In 2007, he began presenting CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute, a presentation that honors and honors remarkable acts performed by ordinary people. Cooper began anchoring the CNN documentary Planet in Peril with Sanjay Gupta and Jeff Corwin in October 2007. Cooper, Gupta, and Lisa Ling from National Geographic Explorer collaborated on a sequel, Planet in Peril: Battle Lines, which aired in December 2008.
Cooper secured an agreement to anchor a nationally syndicated chat program with Warner Bros. and Telepictures (both corporate siblings of CNN) in September 2010. On Twitter, writer Brian Stelter (then of The New York Times and now of CNN) claimed that the new Warner Bros. daytime talk program will be called Anderson (now renamed Anderson Live).

The show aired on September 12, 2011, and Cooper secured a new multi-year contract with CNN to continue hosting Anderson Cooper 360° as part of the talks for the talk show agreement. Anderson Live was confirmed to be closing at the end of its second season on October 29, 2012. The show, which was rebranded and reworked after season one with a series of co-hosts, failed to reach the rating distributor Warner Brothers hoped for. Anderson Live’s final episode premiered on May 30, 2013.
Cooper conducted the second presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, together with Martha Raddatz. As a result, he became the first out gay person to mediate a presidential discussion during the general election. Andy Cohen joined Cooper in 2017 to replace Kathy Griffin as co-host of CNN’s New Year’s Eve program. They co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Andy Cohen and Cooper announced in March 2015 that they’d go on a nationwide tour to perform their interactive stage performance AC2.
The tour kicked off in Boston, then moved on to Miami Beach, Chicago, and Atlanta. Cooper released Dispatches from the Edge, a memoir for HarperCollins, in May 2006, describing his life and activities in Sri Lanka, Africa, Iraq, and Louisiana over the previous year. Some of the revenues from the book are given to charity. The book topped The New York Times Best Seller list on June 18, 2006. The tour kicked off in Boston, then moved on to Miami Beach, Chicago, and Atlanta.

Cooper narrated the 2011 Broadway production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, directed by Rob Ashford and starring Daniel Radcliffe.


Cooper, a freelance writer, has written a number of essays that have appeared in a range of publications, including Details magazine.
Cooper’s book, Dispatches from the Edge, was released by HarperCollins in May 2006, documenting his life and activities in Sri Lanka, Africa, Iraq, and Louisiana over the previous year. Some of the book’s earnings are donated to charity. On June 18, 2006, the book topped The New York Times Best Seller list.
Cooper appeared as a guest presenter on Jeopardy! from April 19 through April 30, 2021, after Alex’s death.

Cooper and his mum, Gloria Vanderbilt, wrote The Rainbow Comes and Goes A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss in 2017. The biography, which was compiled from a series of correspondence, covers their shared background as well as Vanderbilt’s difficult upbringing.

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