Anderson Cooper Biography
Anderson Cooper (Anderson Hays Cooper) is an American journalist, television personality, and author born on 3rd June 1967 in New York City, U.S. He is the main anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°and a correspondent for 60 Minutes. He is a former host of his syndicated daytime talk show, Anderson Live (September 2011 – May 2013.
As a baby he was photographed by Diane Arbus for Harper’s Bazaar. On 17th September 1970, at the age of three, he appeared as a guest on ‘The Tonight Show’ along his mother. At the age of nine he appeared on ‘To Tell the Truth’ as an imposter. He also modeled with Ford Models for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Macy’s from age 10 to 13.
Anderson Cooper Age
Anderson was born on 3rd June 1967 in New York City (51 years as of 2018)
Anderson Cooper Family
Anderson was born in Manhattan, New York City to Wyatt Emory Cooper (father) and Gloria Vanderbilt (mother). His maternal grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and his maternal great-great-great-grandfather was business magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, who founded the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune.
He had an older brother Carter Vanderbilt Cooper who committed suicide on 22nd July 1988, at the age of 23, by jumping from the 14th-floor terrace of Vanderbilt’s New York City penthouse apartment.
Anderson Cooper Father
Anderson Cooper’s father is Wyatt Emory Cooper who is an American author and screenwriter.On 5th January 1978 while undergoing a series an open-heart surgery he suffered a series of heart attacks and passed on at the age of 50.
In 1975 he released his memoir Families: A Memoir and a celebration. Cooper said that he considered his father’s book to be “sort of a guide on…how he would have wanted me to live my life and the choices he would have wanted me to make. And so I feel very connected to him.”
Anderson Cooper Mother
Anderson Cooper’s mother is Gloria Vanderbilt who is American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, heiress and socialite. During the 1930s she was the subject of a high-profile child custody trial in which her mother, Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and her paternal aunt, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, each sought custody of her and control over her trust fund.
Anderson Cooper Partner/ Anderson Cooper Spouse
Cooper is openly gay, according to The New York Times, he is “the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television.” He avoided talking about his private life in interviews but on 2nd July 2012 he gave Andrew Sullivan permission to publish an email that stated, in part:
“I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something—something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true. … The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
In 2014 together with his partner, Benjamin Maisani, they purchased Rye House, a historic estate in Connecticut. They separated in 2017, Anderson had this to say about the break up
‘Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago. We are still family to each other, and love each other very much,We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.’
He is in a relationship with Victor Lopez who is a doctor.
Anderson Cooper Salary
In early 2007 he signed a multi-year deal with CNN that allowed him to continue as a contributor to 60 Minutes, as well as doubling his salary from $2 million annually to a reported $4 million. By 2018 his annual salary is $11 million.
Anderson Cooper Net worth
He has an estimated net worth of $100 million
Anderson Cooper Education
Cooper attended Dalton School, a private co-educational university preparatory day school in New York City. In 1989 he graduated from the Yale University, where he resided in Trumbull College, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Anderson Cooper Career
He began his career as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency while studying studying Political Science. In the early 1990’s he did his first correspondence and took a break from reporting and lived in Vietnam for a year, during which time he studied the Vietnamese language at Vietnam National University, Hanoi.
Anderson Cooper Channel One
Anderson worked as a fact checker for Channel One, a small news agency which producers youth-oriented news. Cooper then entered Myanmar on his own with his forged press pass and met with students fighting the Burmese government.He had previously made a fake press pass and was able to sell his home-made news segments to Channel One.
While studying the Vietnamese language at the University of Hanoi at Vietnam he began filming and assembling reports of Vietnamese life and culture that aired on Channel One.
Anderson Cooper ABC
He became a corespondent for ABC News in 1995, on 21st September 1999 he became a co-anchor on ‘World News Now’ program. In 2000 he became the host of ABC’s reality show ‘The Mole’.
In 2007 he was a fill-in co-host for Regis Philbin for the TV talk show ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ when Philbin underwent triple-bypass heart surgery.
Anderson Cooper CNN
In 2001 he joined CNN as a co-anchor on ‘American Morning’ alongside Paula Zahn. In 2002 he became CNN’s weekend prime-time anchor and has hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square since 2002.
Anderson Cooper Anderson Cooper 360°
Anderson became the anchor of Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN on 8th September 2003.In 2005, Cooper covered a number of important stories, including the tsunami damage in Sri Lanka; the Cedar Revolution in Beirut, Lebanon; the death of Pope John Paul II; and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. In August 2005, he covered the Niger famine from Maradi.
Anderson Cooper 6o Minutes
Since 2007 Cooper has been a correspondent of the the CBS News program 60 Minutes while cocurrently serving as a CNN anchor and correspondent.
Anderson Cooper Books
- 2006: Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival
- 2016: The Rainbow Comes and Goes
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