Anderson Cooper Net Worth

How much is Anderson Cooper worth?

Net Worth:$200 Million
Profession:Professional Journalist
Date of Birth:June 3, 1967
Country:United States of America
1.78 m

Who Is Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper is a journalist, CNN lead news anchor and contributor to CBS News’ 60 Minutes. His acclaimed CNN series, “Planet in Peril,” premiered In October 2007.

With his taste for on-site reporting, Cooper embodies advocacy journalism. His electrifying 2005 coverage of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans first lifted him to national prominence. In July 2007, Cooper moderated the first presidential debate using YouTube technology.

Cooper’s coverage of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was marked by impassioned advocacy for that region. On February 1, 2011, Cooper was beaten while covering the Egyptian uprising.

Anderson Cooper has a net worth of $200 million dollars, as of 2021.

Anderson Cooper in New Orleans

In a live 2005 exchange with Sen. Mary Landrieu, Cooper emotionally interjected “Excuse me…to listen to politicians thanking each other and complimenting each other… there are a lot of people here who are very upset and very angry… It… cuts them the wrong way right now, because literally there was a body on the streets of this town yesterday being eaten by rats because this woman had been laying in the street for 48 hours.”

In 2010, Cooper spent far more days in Louisiana than any other journalist, covering the ugly aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, remarking “There aren’t any small people here.”

CNN President on Anderson Cooper’s Appeal

CNN/US President Jon Klein says of Cooper, “He’s got a refreshing way of being the anti-anchor. He’s not quote-unquote reporting at you.

He’s just being himself. He’s asking the questions you would like answered. He’s getting involved the way you might. You feel that he’s a regular person that you can trust talking to you. He brings such a passion to the storytelling that’s infectious.”

Anderson Cooper’s Early Career Years

In 1990, after working six months as a fact-checker for Channel One, 22-year-old Cooper secured a fake press ID, bought a video camera and headed on his own to Africa to cover the crisis in Somalia. Channel One eventually made him chief international correspondent.

In 1994, Anderson Cooper became a reporter for ABC News, then co-anchored ABC World News Now. After a two-year detour into reality TV, Cooper moved to CNN in December 2001.

Anderson Cooper at CNN

Since joining CNN in late 2001, Anderson Cooper has anchored most major breaking stories, including the war in Afghanistan after Sept 11, the start of the Iraq War, the DC-area sniper story and the Space Shuttle Columbia explosion.

On his own program, this high-energy journalist has traveled the world, reporting on top stories from tsunamis, Iraqi elections, the death of Pope John Paul II, and various disasters including the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and the post-Hurricane Katrina debacle, both on the Gulf Coast.

Awards and Accolades

  • Silver Plaque from the Chicago Film Festival for his report from Sarajevo on the Bosnian civil war
  • Bronze Telly for his coverage of famine in Somalia
  • Bron Award from the National Education Film Festival for a report on political Islam
  • Outstanding TV Journalism Award from GLAAD for his 20/20 report on gay high school athlete Corey Johnson.

Personal Data

  • Birth – June 3, 1967 in New York City, to designer/heiress Gloria Vanderbilt and her 4th (and last) husband, writer Wyatt Cooper. His father died of a heart attack when Cooper was ten years old.
  • Education – BA in Political Science/International Relations from Yale University, 1989. Studied the Vietnamese language at University of Hanoi.
  • Family – Single, except for his dog, Molly, a Welsh Springer Spaniel

Cooper has frequently been publicly involved in supporting gay and lesbian issues.

Growing Up As a Vanderbilt

Though born into wealth, the teenage Cooper worked summers as a waiter. He pursued his first job, at age 11, as a Ford model because he “wanted to…be financially independent.” Cooper’s older brother (by two years) committed suicide in 1988 by jumping from Vanderbilt’s 14th floor apartment in New York. Before then, Anderson was on track at Yale to enter foreign diplomatic service. After his brother’s death, he took a year off, then pursued a job in TV. Anderson Cooper is mildly dyslexic.

The Anderson Cooper Persona

One online biography describes Anderson Cooper as “intelligent, sexy, ambitious and young.” The New York Times dubbed him “an anchor who reports disaster news with a heart on his sleeve.” Cooper is known for intense immersion into news stories.

Said producer David Perozzi, who worked with Cooper at ABC News, “He’s really intense. He could care less how he looks, his hair and makeup. If there’s no cameraperson, he grabs the camera….He’s all human. He’s not putting it on.”

Significance to the Media Industry

Anderson Cooper is the most well-known personality currently on CNN. That means the cable news channel will likely depend on him most in its efforts to rebuild its brand in order to better compete with rivals Fox News Channel and MSNBC.

While those competitors are seen as right-leaning and left-leaning politically, CNN and Anderson Cooper are trying to provide news coverage that doesn’t have a political slant. That doesn’t mean that Cooper isn’t taking risks on the air.

Cooper is seen as a new breed of U.S. journalist. First, he doesn’t come across as a typical news anchor who sits behind a desk reading from scripts. Cooper is often seen in the field, reporting from the scenes of disasters.

While that’s been done by others countless times before, Cooper isn’t afraid to show emotion on the air or to get personally involved in his stories. That’s in contrast to the traditional news reporter who was always shown to be an impartial observer.

Cooper’s style became obvious during CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He spoke from the heart while walking the streets of New Orleans, which was devastated by the storm and the subsequent flooding.

Career Highlights

Anderson Cooper’s nightly newscast is dedicated to examining issues from several points of view. That’s the reason behind the “360” in the title.

While Cooper isn’t seen as taking political points of view in his news coverage, he’s made his mark with advocacy journalism that’s more populist than political. In confronting government leaders about their response to the Hurricane Katrina crisis, Cooper sounded more like a frustrated, desperate resident than a traditional, investigative journalist like the late Mike Wallace.

He’s shown time and time again that he’s interested in more than just getting answers for people, he wants to bring them help. His emotional style comes across most when covering natural disasters around the globe.

Cooper has built his brand and become a TV personality through his versatility. That’s how he can be a news anchor, a talk show host and a 60 Minutes correspondent all at once.

Cooper has several Emmy Awards for his work over the years. In 2005, he won a Peabody Award for his reporting on Hurricane Katrina.


Anderson Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, to Wyatt Emory Cooper, a writer, and famous heiress and fashion designer Gloria Vanderbilt. His older brother committed suicide in 1988 by jumping from a New York balcony to his death, which Cooper discussed with his mother on his talk show. Cooper has two half-brothers.

Cooper graduated from Yale University in 1989 with a degree in political science. In 2012, he verified that he is gay after deciding that he didn’t want to be seen as uncomfortable or embarrassed by his sexual orientation.

Anderson Cooper didn’t take the usual TV news career path. He didn’t start out in a small DMA and work his way up the ladder as most TV reporters do.

After college, Cooper worked for Channel One, which provides newscasts to schools in the U.S. He was an international correspondent, reporting from many nations around the globe.

That background helped him land at ABC News in 1995, where he worked as a correspondent and an overnight news anchor. He hosted the network’s reality show The Mole for its first two seasons.

That could have sent Cooper on a completely different career track. But after witnessing the news coverage of 9/11, he decided to return to news.

He joined CNN in late 2001, anchoring in morning and weekend slots before launching Anderson Cooper 360 in 2003. Besides his news duties, he’s also hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage live from Times Square.

Today Anderson is anchor of the CNN prime time newscast Anderson Cooper 360 and the syndicated daily talk show Anderson. He’s also a contributor to the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes.

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