Anderson Cooper famously known as Anderson Hays Cooper is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the host for Anderson Cooper 360° in the CNN Channel. Cooper also worked as a correspondent for 60 Minutes. He also has his talk show known as Anderson Live.

Early Days

Cooper Completed his schooling in Dalton School which is a private university. He graduated at the age of 17 in the same year he travelled around Africa. He was affected by Malaria and hospitalised in Kenya During the same Trip. Cooper said many times that Africa is a Place to forget. Later he attended Yale University; He Completed his graduation in the year 1989. Cooper Graduated with B.A in political science.

Regarding his career, he has spent two years as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency. He Started his first correspondence work in the Year 1990. Later on, he took a year gap and went to Vietnam where he studied the Vietnamese language at Vietnam National University.


Cooper was attracted to media shows from his childhood onwards it’s all began when Diane Arbus photographed him for Harper’s Bazaar ( Its an American women fashion magazine). Later he appeared as a guest along with her mother in the year 1970 when he was three years old. Anderson Cooper also appeared on, To Tell the Truth, Which is an American television panel game show. He also worked with Ford Modeling agency at the age of 10 years.

After few years coopers father suffered from a string of heart attacks also went through with multiple surgeries and died on January 5, 1978, at the age of 50 years. Cooper fell in love with his father’s book named families this book is all about “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.”

Cooper series of tragedies continued after his brother (Carter Vanderbilt Cooper) who has committed suicide by jumping from the 14th floor of the building.
His brother was 23 years old when he committed suicide. Cooper’s father Gloria has also written a book regarding his brother’s death. The Book name is A Mother’s Story in which she expresses her son’s death is Caused by psychotic episode and also the anti-asthma prescription drug salbutamol.

He started his career with Channel One as he finds challenging to enter ABC Company at that period. He Joined as a fact checker for channel one. Finally, he was able to sell his home-made news segments to Channel One. Later on, he lived in Vietnam for a year to study the Vietnamese language. Finally, he joined ABC in the year 1995. He started his career as a correspondent for ABC News, within few months he reached to the co-anchor position. He also worked as a host for ABC Reality game show The Mole.


Cooper joined CNN in the year 2001 after leaving ABC, and their Reality shows The Mole. He also stated that its the perfect time to return to the news after doing a reality show for two seasons. He joined Paula Zahn on American Morning.

In the year 2003, he joined Anderson Cooper 360° with the same channel CNN. During this period he has covered much important news. He also involved in other major television shows such as AC2, Anderson Live, Broadway, 60 Minutes.

Anderson Cooper Family

He was born in Manhattan, New York City on June 3, 1967. His father name is Wyatt Emory Cooper who is a well-known writer, and his Mothers name is Gloria Vanderbilt who is a multi-talented artist and fashion designer. He has a brother named Carter Vanderbilt Cooper who died at the age of 23. Apart from that, he has two older half-brothers Leopold Stanislaus “Stan” Stokowski and Christopher Stokowski who was born to the Gloria Vanderbilt’s and Leopold Stokowski.

Anderson Cooper Parents

Father: Wyatt Emory Cooper

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Mother: Gloria Vanderbilt

anderson cooper mother

Siblings: Carter Vanderbilt Cooper

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Half-Siblings: Stanislaus “Stan” Stokowski and Christopher Stokowski

Anderson Cooper Partner

Anderson Cooper Partner

Cooper is an open-minded person. He stated that he was gay and in the relationship with long-time boyfriend, Benjamin Maisani. But according to the sources, this pair has broken up in the year 2018.


  • Bronze Telly Award in the year 1993
  • Emmy Award in the year 1997 and 2011
  • GLAAD Media Award in the year 2001 and 2013
  • Peabody Award in the year 2001.

Anderson Cooper Salary

He demands over $12 million every year from CNN, and his net worth is about 120 million Dollars.


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