Anderson Cooper is an American journalist, television personality and author. With no formal journalistic education, Cooper became one of the most popular and phenomenal news anchors in America. He works with behemoth media houses like CNN, CBS, and ABC.
Being a media personality, Anderson has accomplished a handful of outstanding feats in journalism and has been duly awarded. He received his first Emmy Award in 1997 for coverage of Princess Diana’s funeral and, his Anderson Cooper 360° has been a recipient of at least 4 Emmy Awards. Sometime in 2005, he was also honored with a Peabody Award for his coverage of Hurricane Katrina.
Anderson Cooper Bio, Journalism Career
Records have it that Anderson Hays Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, in New York City. He was born to a very wealthy mother, Gloria Vanderbilt who parlayed an inheritance into a multi-million fashion empire. Thanks to his mom’s elite status, Cooper was thrust into the media at a very tender age. A celebrity baby, he had his baby photo published on Harper’s Bazaar. Alongside his mother, Cooper, 3, appeared on the Tonight Show. At the age of 8, Cooper began modeling for high-end fashion houses like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and Macy’s.
He graduated from Yale University with a BA in political science in 1989. As a college student, he interned for two years with the Central Intelligence Agency. Cooper later described his CIA role as “bureaucratic and mundane.” When he was done with college, he worked as a waiter but like his CIA stint, no career came out of it.
After exploring several career prospects, Cooper who described himself as a news junkie settled for journalism. His choice was influenced by his brother’s 1988 suicide as he sought answers to questions about survival.
Cooper began his journalism career working as a fact checker for Channel One. The small news network was originally broadcasted to high schools nationwide. With a fake press pass, Cooper was able to enter Burma, Myanmar where he recorded news that made it to Channel One.
As fate would have it, his little beginnings blossomed, landing him a job as an ABC correspondent in 1995. He later became the co-anchor of ABC’s overnight news program World News Now. After 4 years of hectic work in the news, Cooper decided to take a break and switched to reality TV. He became the host of ABC’s The Mole for two seasons before he returned to the news broadcast in 2001, adding a CNN job to his profile.
He started at CNN as a co-anchor on its American Morning. Two years later in 2003, Cooper became the anchor of his own news show Anderson Cooper 360°.
Is Anderson Cooper Gay? Who Is His Boyfriend or Husband?
Well, it’s no longer unknown that Anderson Cooper is gay. He is gay and very proud of who he is. We got to know about this in July 2012 when he gave up on his persistent efforts to keep his private life private. Cooper sent an e-mail to Andrew Sullivan, a gay blogger proclaiming that he’s sexually attracted to men after the blogger asked him a question related to that.
In the message Cooper sent, he acknowledged that his quest to maintain his privacy on certain aspects of his personal life has given people the mistaken impression that he’s striving to hide something that makes him uncomfortable, ashamed and afraid. Having said that, Cooper announced that he’s gay, have always been gay and will always be gay.
He stressed that he is happy with his sexual choice, comfortable and proud. As such, it wasn’t surprising when it emerged that he is planning to get married to his long-term boyfriend, Ben Maisani.
Cooper and Maisani have been dating since 2009. Several reports have it that Cooper’s mum helped them decide to become life partners. It is said that she even assisted them to get things right when the relationship was strained. She got Maisani who owns a gay bar to do fewer night shifts and Cooper to reduce his abroad trips.
Anderson Cooper Career Earnings, Salary, House
When Cooper started anchoring his own news show at CNN, his salary increased exponentially from $2 million to $5 million and then $11 million in 2013. Also, he received $1 million from HarperCollins to pen a memoir about his life and work in Africa, Sri Lanka, Louisiana, and Iraq.
Meanwhile, the multi-year deal he signed with CNN in 2007 allows him the freedom to work with other media outlets. From 2007, he became a correspondent on CBS New program 60 minutes. Between 2011 to 2013, Cooper hosted the Warner Bros’ syndicated talk show, Anderson Live.
In view of the foregoing, it is believed that Anderson Cooper has an estimated net worth of $100 million. From CNN alone, Cooper earns over $11 million annually.
There was a time the journalist owned a penthouse. After he sold the Midtown home in 2012 for $3.75 million, he paid $4.3 million for a 1906 Greenwich Village firehouse which he refurbished to an 8,240-square-foot house. Cooper also owns a rustic but chic vacation home in Trancoso, Brazil. Click here for an inside look.
Anderson Cooper’s Mother And The Vanderbilts Fortune
Cooper’s wealth has been erroneously tied to his maternal family, the Vanderbilts which were once among America’s richest families. However, in truth, Cooper made his entire fortune from sole efforts and has never benefitted from an inheritance despite the fact that wealth flows in the lineage of his mother’s family.
The wealth extends to his maternal great-great-great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt, a business magnate who had his Vanderbilt shipping and railway to thank for his fortune. Anderson’s mother, Gloria Vanderbilts inherited a fortune from her parents who were equally millionaires. She sustained the fortune by building a multi-million fashion empire. Gloria Vanderbilts is worth about $200 million.
The Vanderbilts history of wealth has had many questioning if Cooper has a share in the fortune. The simple answer is NO. But then, growing in a wealthy family might have indirectly made his rise to the top easier. For one, Cooper attended one of America’s most prestigious universities and never had to worry about student loans.
However, while his mom grew with a silver spoon, the same wasn’t the case for his father, writer Wyatt Emory Cooper who grew up poor in Mississippi and died during open-heart surgery at the age of 50. With increasing speculations about his share of the Vanderbilts fortune, Cooper decided to clear the air with an interview with Howard Stern in 2014.
The journalist revealed that he had always been oblivious of his maternal family’s wealth and that his mother informed him early that he’d have no part of it as there was no trust fund. Expressing that he doesn’t believe in inherited wealth, Cooper asserted that he thinks it’s a curse and, that he’s doing fine on his own. According to him, he has never paid attention to the Vanderbilts fortune. Instead, he was attentive to the poverty his dad faced growing up in Mississippi because he believed it is healthier to his consciousness.
Again, in 2016, Cooper threw more lights on the subject during an interview with People and Entertainment Weekly. This time, he related that both his dad and mom made him understand it’s somewhat foolish to attain financial freedom through inherited wealth. To Cooper, it seems people who inherited money don’t accomplish much on their own and aren’t who they ought to be.