Anderson Cooper

Birth Day June 3rd, 1967
Birth Place New York City, New York
Age 56 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Gemini

An American broadcast journalist is named for Anderson Cooper. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360° which usually broadcasts live from a New York City studio but he often broadcasts live from CNN's studios in Washington, D.C., or on location for breaking news stories. Anderson Cooper is also the correspondent for 60 Minutes. He also served as host of his own eponymous syndicated daytime talk show, "Anderson Live" from September 2011 to May 2013. His book Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival was released in May 2006. He has been honored with several awards multiple times such as the Emmy Award in 1997, 2006, and 2011. In May 2007, he was ranked number 2 among "The Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America" by Out magazine. In 2012, he publicly declared himself to be gay. In an email published online, Cooper mentioned he was proud of and happy about his sexual orientation and had decided to make the fact known to everybody, so no one would wonder whether he was uncomfortable about it or not. Anderson Cooper is active in Instagram with the followers of more than 2 Million under the account name of @andersoncooper. Scroll down to get more information about his full biography, anchor career, TV shows, books, net worth, family details, siblings, facts, salary, age, boyfriend, and more.

Famous For

  • Being an American Broadcast Journalist. 
  • Being the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°.

Early Life of Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt


Anderson Cooper was born on 3rd June 1967. His real name/birth name is Anderson Hays Cooper. His place of birth/hometown is in New York City, New York, the USA. He was born to his parents; Wyatt Emory Cooper (father) who is a writer and descended artist, fashion designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt (mother). His father suffered a series of heart attacks while undergoing open-heart surgery and died January 5, 1978, at the age of 50. His nationality is American and his ethnicity is White-Caucasian. He has English, 1/16th Chilean (including Spanish and Indigenous), as well as Dutch, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Welsh, and remote French Huguenot ancestry. He has three siblings. One of his brothers, Carter Cooper has committed suicide by jumping from the 14th-floor terrace of Vanderbilt's New York City Penthouse apartment. He has two older half-brothers, Leopold Stanislaus "Stan" Stokowski (b. 1950), and Christopher Stokowski (b. 1952), from Gloria Vanderbilt's ten-year marriage to the conductor Leopold Stokowski. As per his education, he went to a private co-educational university preparatory, Dalton School and after graduating he went on a 'Survival trip' in Africa for several months. Then he joined Yale University. He was inducted into the Manuscript Society, majoring in political science and graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989. He suffered dyslexia as a child. His Zodiac sign is Gemini and his religion is Christian. As of 2019, he celebrated his 52nd birthday. 

Career of Anderson Cooper 

  • His media experience began early. 
  • He was photographed by Diane Arbus for Harper's Bazaar as a baby. 
  • He was also a guest on "The Tonight Show" on September 17, 1970, appearing with his mother when he was only three. 
  • He appeared on "To Tell the Truth" as an impostor when he was only nine. 
  • He also modeled with Ford Models for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and Macy's from the age 10 to 13. 
  • After his graduation, he began working as a fact seeker for small group agency "Channel One" which produces a youth-oriented news program that is broadcast to many junior high and high schools in the United States.
  • He entered Myanmar on his own with his forged press and met with students fighting the Burmese government. 
  • After Myanmar, he lived in Vietnam for a year where he studied the Vietnamese language at the University of Hanoi.
  • He started filming and assembling reports of Vietnamese life and culture that aired on Channel One. 


  • Cooper joined ABC News as a correspondent in the year 1995 and promoted as the co-anchor of its 'World News Now' program on 21st September 1999.
  • He was also a fill-in co-host for Regis Philbin for the TV talk show Live with Regis and Kelly in 2007 when Philbin underwent triple-bypass heart surgery.
  • He still periodically serves as a guest co-host on Live when one of the two hosts cannot go into work as of 2019. 


  • In the year 2000, he started to host the reality show on ABC 'The Mole' where the contestants work together to add money to a pot that only one will win in the end but left it in the second season.
  • He left "The Mole" after its second season to return to broadcast news. 
  • He then joined CNN in the year 2001 where he anchored alongside Paula Zahn on 'American Morning' before becoming CNN's Weekend prime-time anchor in the year 2002.
  • In 2002 he became CNN's weekend prime-time anchor. Since 2002, he has hosted CNN's New Year's Eve special from Times Square.

 Anderson Cooper 360°

  • On 8th September 2003, he started anchoring a news show 'Anderson Cooper 360' where he covered numerous important stories including tsunami damage in Sri Lanka, Cedar Revolution in Beirut, the death of Pope Paul II, and the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles.
  • In 2005, during CNN coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he confronted Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. Trent Lott, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson about their perception of the government response.
  • In early 2007, he signed a multi-year deal with CNN that would allow him to continue as a contributor to 60 Minutes, as well as doubling his salary from $2 million annually to a reported $4 million.

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

  • He began hosting "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute", a show which honors and recognizes extraordinary deeds by ordinary people in the year 2007.

Planet in Peril documentary

  • In October 2007, he also hosted the documentary 'Planet in Peril' with Sanjay Gupta and Jeff Corwin on CNN.
  • In 2008, Cooper, Gupta, and Lisa Ling from National Geographic Explorer teamed up for a sequel, Planet in Peril: Battle Lines, which premiered in December 2008.

Anderson Cooper, a famous broadcast journalist


Syndicated talk show, Anderson Live

  • In September 2010 Warner Bros. and Telepictures (both corporate siblings of CNN) announced that Cooper had signed an agreement to host a nationally syndicated talk show.
  • In his first foray into a daytime talk show, he hosted 'Anderson Live', a syndicated show that debuted in September 2011 as simply 'Anderson'. 
  • The show's final episode was aired in May 2013.

2016 presidential debates

  • Cooper also moderated the second presidential election debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump with Martha Raddatz which made him the first openly gay person to moderate a presidential debate in the general election.

New Years Eve

  • In 2017, Andy Cohen joined Cooper in succeeding Kathy Griffin as co-host of CNN's New Year's Eve coverage.
  • They again co-hosted CNN's New Year's Eve for 2018.

60 Minutes

  • Cooper has been a correspondent for the CBS News program 60 Minutes since 2007, while concurrently serving as a CNN anchor and correspondent.


  • Andy Cohen and Cooper announced that they would be going on a national tour to perform their conversational stage show AC2 beginning in March 2015. 
  • The tour opened in Boston, followed by Miami Beach, Chicago, and Atlanta.
  • The idea for the show came about after Cooper interviewed Cohen about his then-latest book, The Andy Cohen Diaries, at an event at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. 
  • Since then, the two-man show has continued to tour, reaching over 50 cities as of October 2018.


  • He was the narrator for the 2011 Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, directed by Rob Ashford and starring Daniel Radcliffe.


  • Besides television personality, he is also a freelance writer who has authored a variety of articles that has appeared in many outlets. 
  • In May 2006, he published a memoir for HarperCollins, "Dispatches from the Edge" detailing his life and work over the previous years. 
  • The book was successful and topped the New York Times bestseller list. 
  • His success in his career has paid him well financially.
  • In 2017, he and his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, co-authored "The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love, and Loss".
  • It landed on multiple best-seller lists the year of its publication.


  • He appeared in Henry Louis Gates' "Finding Your Roots", where he learned of an ancestor, Burwell Boykin, who was a slave owner from the southern United States.

Awards and Achievements of Anderson Cooper

Cooper won Bronze Telly Award (1993), Emmy Award  (1997), GLAAD Media Award (2001), Peabody Award, and National Headliner Award (2005), Emmy Award (2006).

Personal Life of Anderson  Cooper 

Talking about the sexual orientation of Anderson Cooper, he is gay. He is one of the most renowned gay journalists on American TV after opening up about his personal life in the year 2012 in front of the world. He was not married yet and he is still to get married. For years, he avoided discussing his private life in interviews. On 2nd July 2012, however, 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. Previously, he was in a relationship with Cesar Recio. They started from the year of 2004 and after dating for several years they end up in 2009. After that, he started dating gay bar owner Benjamin Antoine Maisani. They started dating since February 2009. They have been dating for several years but split in the year 2018. On 30th April 2020, he announced the birth of his son Wyatt Morgan by a surrogate on April 27. Though Cooper and Maisani are no longer together, the pair plan to co-parent Wyatt. 

Net Worth of Anderson Cooper 

Anderson Cooper is an American broadcast journalist and his major source of wealth is from news anchor as he is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. He has accumulated huge wealth from CNN which made him one of the richest media personalities in the world. As per sources, the net worth of Anderson Cooper is believed to have $200 Million whereas he receives a salary of $12 million every year from CNN. In early 2007, he signed a multi-year deal with CNN that would allow him to continue as a contributor to 60 Minutes, as well as doubling his salary from $2 million annually to a reported $4 million. As of now, he is satisfied with his earnings. His assets such as cars are unknown. He is living a luxurious lifestyle at present. In 2014, he and his partner purchased Rye House, a historic estate in Connecticut.

Body Measurements of Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper has a good height of 5 feet 10 inches. His weight consists of 68 kg. His hair color is gray and his eye color is blue. His chest size is 40 in, waist size is 32 in, and biceps size is 14 inches (body measurement). His shoe size is 10 US but his dress size is unknown. Overall, he has got a healthy body as of now. His body build is athletic. 

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