Anderson Hays Cooper anchor of CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360° show and a journalist with 18 Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards as well as the winner of the Edward Murrow Award. 

Anderson became the first openly LGBT person to moderate a presidential debate, but did you know where he lives, where he is currently working, what’s his net worth, who all there in his family, and what’s his relationship status?

Here are the answers to everything about Anderson Cooper. 

In this biography. Starting from Anderson Cooper’s Wikipedia to his family, career, net worth, and relationship status.

Anderson Cooper Wiki & Early Life

Anderson Cooper Wiki

Anderson Cooper was born on 3 June 1967 in Manhattan, New York City. He began his career by covering major news events around the world in 1992. Cooper has worked so hard in building up his career, that today Anderson Cooper 360° is a well-known name and show in the world. 

Anderson was a three years old baby when he started facing the media. Cooper was photographed by Diane Arbus for the Harper’s Bazaar and on  17 September 1970  Anderson also appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show, where he appeared with her beloved mother Gloria Laura Vanderbilt. 

After becoming popular at an early age, Anderson Cooper from the age of 10 to 13 was modeling for Ralph Lauren, Macy’s, and Calvin Klein.

Let’s explore more about Anderson’s parents, partner, and education in the below.

Full NameAnderson Hays Cooper
Nick NameAnderson 
ProfessionBroadcast Journalist,  Anchor, and Author and Political Commentator
Age56 years
Date of Birth03-06-1967
Zodiac/Sun SignGemini
BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, U.S.
Current AddressNew York City, U.S.

Anderson Cooper Husband, Boyfriend, and Relationship

In July 2012 Anderson Cooper revealed that he is “Gay”, and if we talk about his relationship status, he is single now. Early Anderson Cooper was in a relationship with Benjamin Maisani and the couple broke up in 2018. 

Anderson Cooper with Benjamin Maisani

The reason for the break up is not yet confirmed, but the news of their split was confirmed by Anderson himself through the Daily Mail. 

Reports state that though the couple is separated they are still co-parenting their first son Wyatt Cooper. It is also said that Benjamin Maisani wants to adopt Anderson Cooper’s first son Wyatt after which Wyatt Cooper will become Maisani-Cooper.

Relationship StatusUnmarried (Split)
Husband/BoyfriendEx-Boyfriend: Benjamin Maisani

Anderson Cooper Family

Anderson Cooper belongs to a “Vanderbilt Family”. Cooper’s father was Wyatt Emory Cooper, who was a great author, actor, and screenwriter.

Anderson’s father had experienced a series of heart attacks while undergoing open-heart surgery and died at the age of 50. On the other hand, Anderson Cooper’s mother Gloria Laura Vanderbilt was a famous socialite, American artist, author, actress, fashion designer, and heiress. 

Anderson Cooper’s Siblings

CCN Cooper has three siblings,  two older half-brothers Christopher Stokowski, and Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski from his mother’s first husband Leopold Stokowski, and his older brother Carter Vanderbilt Cooper from his mother’s fourth marriage. When Anderson Cooper was 21 years old he lost elder brother Carter, who committed suicide at the age of 23.

Anderson’s Children

As we came to know that Anderson is gay in the above paragraph, but still wanted to start a happy family, so he decided to opt for surrogacy. 

Cooper’s first child Wyatt Cooper was born on 27 April 2020. He even announced that he has become a father at the end of his show CNN Town Hall. 

Reports state that after the split of Cooper and Maisani, they both are co-parenting their first son Wyatt. It is also said that Benjamin Maisani is planning to adopt Wyatt Cooper after which Waytt will add Maisani to his original surname Cooper.

After two years on 10 February 2022, Cooper announced that he was now blessed with his second child Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper. 

Parent’s NameFather: Wyatt Emory Cooper
Mother: Gloria Laura Vanderbilt
SiblingsBrother: Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski, Christopher Stokowski
Children Son: Wyatt Morgan, Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper

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Anderson Cooper Education

Anderson Cooper went to a private co-educational university preparatory day school Dalton School in New York City. After completing his graduation from Dalton, Anderson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1989 from Yale University. While majoring in Political Science Cooper was also part of the Manuscript Society.

SchoolDalton School
Alma MaterYale University 
Highest QualificationBachelor’s degree in Political Science 



Early Career at Channel One News

Anderson Cooper began his career in 1992 as a fact checker at Channel One News. After he graduated from Yale University and while working at Channel News Anderson tried to get entry-level employment with ABC. 

But it was too hard to get a job at ABC as a fresher. After so many unsuccessful attempts to get a job at ABC Anderson kept on working as a fact checker.

After years of hard work, Cooper was promoted to serve the Chief International Correspondent role at Channel One News. During this time Anderson reported and produced stories, from conflicts in Bosnia, Cambodia, Haiti, Israel, Russia, Somalia, and South Africa. 

Later Cooper reported on a major conflict in Myanmar where he as the Chief International Correspondent at Channel One News took the risk of entering Myanmar with his forged press pass, to meet the students fighting the Burmese government.

News Anchor for CNN

Anderson Cooper’s journey with CNN started in 2001, where his first position was anchoring with Paula Zahn on American Morning. Next year Cooper became CNN’s weekend prime-time anchor and also hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square.

Cooper has a critical role in covering major topics like politics and elections. He was also selected by the Committee On Presidential Debates to co-moderate one of the three debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, in the year 2016. 

However, while working with CNN, Anderson Cooper also worked as a Regular Correspondent for CBS’s 60 Minutes.

Since 2023 Anderson Cooper has been hosting “The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper.” This show airs on Sundays on CNN. The show specifically talks about investigative deep dives from CNN anchors and correspondents, special interviews, profiles, and character-driven stories.

Anderson Cooper’s Show Anderson Cooper 360°

Anderson Cooper 360° began on 8 September 2003, in which Anderson became the anchor of the show on CNN. 

The 360° show is all about providing a global newscast that goes beyond the news headlines, with in-depth reporting and investigation. The Anderson Cooper 360° airs only on weeknights at 8:00 pm ET on CNN. 

On this show, Cooper has covered some major stories like the Cedar Revolution in Beirut, Lebanon, the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, the tsunami damage in Sri Lanka, and the death of Pope John Paul II. 

In 2005 Anderson got his major story to cover the Niger famine from Maradi.

Anderson Cooper ABC

At ABC Anderson Cooper worked as a News Correspondent and also hosted ABC’s reality program “The Mole”. This show was broadcast before he joined CNN. Cooper was the anchor for ABC’s overnight newscast World News Now. he was also the correspondent for World News Tonight and 20/20.


Anderson Cooper has won many awards in his journalism career, including 19 Emmy Awards and one Edward R. Award for covering the earthquake in Haiti.

Cooper has earned a Peabody Award and DuPont Award at both CNN and 60 Minutes, for covering Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 tsunami. 


The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss– a collection of correspondence between Cooper and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, debuted at the top of the New York Times Best-Sellers List and remained on the list for three months, in 2016.

A Memoir of Wars, Disaster, and Survival, Anderson Cooper’s first book, was published and also topped the New York Times Best-Sellers List and other bestseller charts in 2016.

Anderson Cooper’s Net Worth, Salary

Net Worth in Dollars (Approx.)$50 million
Salary Annually (Approx.)$12 million per year

Anderson Cooper Height

Anderson Cooper Height
Height In centimeters:  177 cm
In meters: 1.77 m
In Feet:  5 feet 10 inches
Weight70 kgs
154 lbs

Anderson Cooper Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn

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10 Interesting Facts About Anderson Cooper

  1. Anderson Cooper’s mother Gloria Laura Vanderbilt left all her property for her son when she passed away in June 2019.
  2. Anderson earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 1989 from Yale University.
  3. Cooper in 2012 himself announced that he was gay through a mail to news channels.
  4. Anderson was in a relationship with Benjamin Maisani, with whom is co-parenting their first child Wyatt Cooper.
  5. Anderson Cooper has won the Emmy Award multiple times for his outstanding work in 1997, 2006, and 2011.
  6. Anderson in 2005 added his name to the “Sexiest Men Alive” in People’s Magazine.
  7. In May 2007 Out magazine gave Anderson Cooper 2nd rank among “The Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America.”
  8. Anderson Cooper published his first-ever novel titled “Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival.”
  9. In the mid-1990s Anderson left the reporter’s job at ABC, where he was promoted to the position of co-anchor in 1999.
  10. His first pet dog’s name was Lily.


Is Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen a couple?

Andy Cohen said “It’s not what our relationship is based on. Anderson and I are just friends. That’s not a part of it,” during the interview on the Howard Stern Show.

What is Anderson Cooper’s salary?

Anderson Cooper earns the maximum from his show Anderson Cooper 360, as a host on CNN. His annual salary is around 12 million per year.

How is Anderson Cooper related to the Vanderbilts?

Anderson’s great-great-great-grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt and he grew up in the shadow of great wealth. His grandfather was the richest man in American history.

Who is Anderson Cooper’s spouse?

Anderson Cooper tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story, that he is in a relationship with his friend and former partner Benjamin Maisani, and he is raising his 3-year-old son Wyatt and 19-month-old Sebastian.