Without a journalistic background, Anderson Cooper has still managed to take the news media world by storm and make a name for himself. Thanks to his work at CNN, he is now one of the more recognizable faces in the industry, most notably as the lead anchor on CNN’s self-titled news show Anderson Cooper 360°.
Famous for his high journalistic standards, the Emmy Award-winning journalist has covered several major news events from around the world. He has been doing so since he entered Myanmar with a fake press card to meet with students fighting the Burmese government. Since then, he has traveled to many war-torn regions of the world, from Somalia, Vietnam to Rwanda, to document the stories of those involved in the struggle. He has also covered events such as the death of Pope John Paul II, the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, and CNN’s New Year’s special from Times Square (since 2002).
As a writer, Anderson Cooper followed in his parents’ footsteps to write a memoir and write a variety of articles that have been published in some magazines. He is the author of the best-selling The New York Times: Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival (2006). In 2017 he is co-author of The Rainbow Comes and Goes A Mother and Son about life, love, and loss with his mother Gloria Vanderbilt.
What We Know About Anderson Cooper Parents
Anderson Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt and her fourth husband, Wyatt Emory Cooper. As the name Vanderbilt suggests, Gloria was born with the proverbial silver spoon. Her parents were millionaire rider and gambler Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt. Her great-great-grandfather is business magnate Cornelius Vanderbilt, one of the richest Americans in history and one of the richest personalities in the world.
Gloria Vanderbilt was an heiress and socialite and later made a name for herself as an artist, fashion designer, author, and actress. She is considered an early developer of designer blue jeans, while the French personal care company L’Oreal has launched eight fragrances under her name. Until her death in June 2019 at the age of 95, she worked regularly for the New York Times, Vanity Fair and Elle. She is also the author of two books on art and home decor, four volumes of memoirs and three novels.
Anderson Cooper’s father, on the other hand, was a writer, screenwriter, and actor. Among his many works, Anderson Cooper, born in Quitman, Mississippi, is famous for the Esquire article: “Whatever You Think Dorothy Parker Whatever You Think Dorothy Parker was like, she wasn’t” written about the American poet and writer. After working as a magazine editor for many years, Wyatt died in 1978 at the age of 50 during open-heart surgery in New York.
Does Anderson Cooper Have Any Siblings?
Anderson Cooper is the second son of his parents. He also has two half-brothers; Leopold Stanislaus Stokowski, who was born in 1950, and Christopher Stokowski, who came from his mother’s second marriage to conductor Leopold Stokowski in 1952.
In July 1988, at the age of 23, Cooper’s older brother Carter committed suicide by jumping to his death from the 14th-floor terrace of the family’s New York City penthouse apartment. Gloria blamed Carter’s suicide on a psychotic episode he had suffered following an allergy to the prescription asthma drug salbutamol.
Anderson Cooper’s Relationship History and Why He Broke Up With Benjamin Maisani
Anderson Cooper is openly gay and has been described as the most prominent gay journalist in America. After years of speculation, he revealed his sexual orientation to the public in July 2012.
Since his coming out, Cooper has been in a relationship with nightclub mogul Benjamin Maisani. Born in France, he owns three gay clubs in New York. Originally he moved to the United States to study filmmaking, but he has since given up those dreams and, after many years as a bartender, is now looking after the needs of gays in nightlife.
Maisani and Cooper reportedly started dating in 2009 but didn’t go public until the mid-2010s. The couple had plans to live together forever, having bought several houses in the US. However, things did not turn out the way they had planned when they stopped living together sometime in 2018.
Although Cooper did not explain in detail why he and Maisani broke up, he told PEOPLE magazine that his longtime boyfriend complained about his excessive traveling and workaholic nature. However, the journalist claimed that he has a firm place in his heart for the Frenchman and that although they are no longer together, they are still a family and still love each other very much.
Who is His Most Recent Partner?
Since his separation, Benjamin Maisani has moved into a life away from the limelight, which has gone hand in hand with dating a television personality. Not much has been heard about him in the media, and it is not clear whether he has managed to enter into another relationship.
Anderson Cooper, on the other hand, has now moved on to enter into a relationship with another person. It is reported that he is with a younger man identified as Victor Lopez, a doctor, and resident of Dallas, Texas. The two seem to be very much in love, having spent numerous holidays together, as can be seen on Cruz’s private Instagram page.
For what it’s worth, Cooper inspired Apple CEO Tim Cook to publicly come out as gay.