Anderson Cooper is best known as the host of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. In addition to this, he is also one of the richest journalists and TV show presenters in the world.

He started his professional career in 1990 and has amassed a huge fortune from his over 3-decade occupation as a journalist.

The multimillionaire journalist has also published some books and appeared in some films in addition to his journalism career.

What Is Anderson Cooper’s Net Worth?

American journalist Anderson Cooper has a net worth of around $200 million as of February 2020. His staggering net worth is thanks to his multi-million salary and his extensive career in news reporting.

Anderson Cooper is worth $200 million in 2020
Anderson Cooper is worth $200 million in 2020

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His first job was at the Central Intelligence Agency and but he later changed his career path to journalism. Although he did not have any education in journalism, he said that he had always been interested in the field.

Salary And Earnings

CNN’s Cooper has made a huge fortune and he also earns an 8-figure salary. Celebritynetworth also reports that the star earns around $12 million per year as a salary.

Here is a list of his earnings

Year Earnings Source
2005 $1,000,000 Harper Collins’s memoir
2007 $5,000,000 60 Minutes (CBS) Salary
$4,000,000 Anderson Cooper 360° Salary
2009 $5,000,000
2012 $11,000,000

Multiple Real Estate Ownership: Houses And Cars

As one of the richest journalists, Cooper lives a lavish lifestyle and has a lot of extravagant houses. In June 2014 he bought a home in Connecticut.

The estate cost him between $5 million and $9 million. The magnificent mansion has a lot of features including servant’s quarters and an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

The property is spread over 50 acres and also has a tennis court and greenhouse

Copper's house in Connecticut
Copper’s house in Connecticut

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In addition to this, he also had 2 houses in Quiogue, New York. He sold one of them in 2015 for $2.975 million and listed the other for $2.599 million. The average price for a house in this area is around $1,820,093.

Similarly, he also bought a home in the Hamptons. The average house price in the Hamptons is decreasing but as per data from CNBC dating August 1, 2018, the average price was $975,000.

The reporter also owns a house in Trancoso, Brazil in which he and his partner regularly reside. They had the house built after Cooper fell in love with the location.

Inheritance From Mother’s Fortune

Cooper’s mother, American socialite Gloria Vanderbilt was a multimillionaire too. In fact, she was worth $200 million at the time of her death.

After her death, Anderson inherited less than $1.5 million from her property whereas his half-brother Leopold “Stan” Stokowski, (born to Vanderbilt from her second marriage), inherited most of her wealth.

Started As A Small Time Journalist

Cooper’s first worked as a correspondent but found it incredibly difficult to get on-air reporting jobs. He then forged a fake press pass with the help of his friend and entered Myanmar.

There he made a report on the Burmese students fighting the government.

At the time he was employed as a fact-checker at Channel One. The network later bought the clips and his on-air reporting career started.

He spent a year in Vietnam after this and focused his reporting on the country.

Soon after he would start reporting stories of war around the region. He was especially involved in giving accounts of the Rwandan genocide to the media.

Short Biography

Anderson Cooper was born Anderson Hays Cooper on June 3, 1967, in New York City, New York, U.S. to Gloria Vanderbilt and Wyatt Emory Cooper. He has 2 half brothers Christopher Stokowski and Leopold “Stan” Stokowski.

Cooper with his half-brother Christopher Stokowski
Cooper with his half-brother Christopher Stokowski

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He was raised in New York and went to the local schools. After completing his early education, he joined Dalton School.

He then went to Yale University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 and a political major.

Is Openly Gay: Is He Dating?

Cooper came out on July 2, 2012, after he gave Andrew Sullivan permission to make an email public in which he revealed being gay.

There is no information on his current relationship in February 2020 but has dated Victor Lopez and Benjamin Maisani in the past.

Benjamin Maisani and Cooper started dating in 2009 but split in 2018.