Anderson Cooper Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Anderson Cooper Net Worth 

Anderson Cooper has an estimated net worth of $50 million. Anderson Cooper was a news correspondent for ABC and CNN before being named host of ‘Anderson Cooper 360°’. He earns most of his income from his career as a television journalist. 

Anderson Cooper is the son of Gloria Vanderbilt and a descendant of Cornelius Vanderbilt. He grew up in New York City and attended the Dalton School and later Yale University before pursuing a career in journalism.

He became a correspondent for ABC News in 1995, moved to CNN a few years later and hosted his own news programme, Anderson Cooper 360°, beginning in 2003. Cooper is also the longtime host of CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve Live broadcast.

To calculate the net worth of Anderson Cooper, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:

Name: Anderson Cooper
Net Worth: $50 Million
Monthly Income: $1 Million
Annual Salary: $12 Million
Source of Wealth: Model, Journalist, Author, Film Producer, Presenter, Television producer

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Early Life and Family Tragedies

Cooper was born in New York City on June 3, 1967, the son of writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and designer and railroad heiress Gloria Vanderbilt.

From an early age, Cooper was familiar with his mother’s glamorous lifestyle and social circles, meeting Truman Capote, among others.

As a baby, he was photographed by Diane Arbus for the cover of Harper’s Bazaar. He later had a brief career as a child model and appeared in advertising campaigns for companies such as Macy’s and Ralph Lauren.

In 1978, Cooper’s father died during open-heart surgery, a tragedy that would influence Cooper’s life trajectory.

A decade later, tragedy struck his family again when his brother Carter committed suicide by jumping to his death from the 14th floor of his mother’s New York City flat.

Like his father’s death, Carter’s suicide spurred Cooper on, and he would later relate the event to his career as a news correspondent: “I became interested in questions of survival: why some people survive and others do not … Reporting on wars just seemed logical.”

In the early 1980s, Cooper was enrolled at the Dalton School, an exclusive, private institution in Manhattan.

He graduated in 1985 and then went to Yale University, where he studied political science. During that time, Cooper also interned at CIA, a fact that would make headlines 20 years later. 

News Correspondent and Anchor

After graduating from Yale with a bachelor’s degree in 1989, Cooper began his news career as a fact checker for Channel One, which produces news stories for schools across the country.

Bored with his day job, he took a video camera to Southeast Asia, and his footage of the unrest in Myanmar and parts of Africa eventually landed him the job of chief international correspondent for Channel One.

Cooper’s reports soon attracted so much attention that he was hired by ABC News in 1995 as a correspondent and later as co-anchor of World News Now.

Growing tired of the demanding programme, he left it in 2000 to host a new ABC reality show, The Mole.

But after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Cooper felt compelled to return to news, and the following January, CNN brought him on board as a correspondent and substitute anchor.

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‘Anderson Cooper 360°’

In 2003, CNN gave Cooper his own news show, Anderson Cooper 360°, where he has covered the world’s most important issues for nearly two decades.

The show was an instant success and Cooper himself became a household name, fueled by his coverage of events such as Hurricane Katrina, the death of Pope John Paul II and the Boston Marathon bombing, as well as much of CNN’s political and election coverage.

Since 2006, Cooper has also worked with the CBS programme 60 Minutes, for which he has reported on such issues as the drug war in Mexico, rape in the Congo and the poor state of coral reefs off the Cuban coast.

Talk Show and ‘New Year’s Eve Live’

In September 2011, Cooper made his debut with the daytime talk show Anderson (later renamed Anderson Live). However, the show did not have great success with fans and was canceled less than two years later.

The newsman has had more success since 2002 as the host of CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve live special, with his friend Andy Cohen assisting him in reporting since 2017.

Usually, Anderson was tasked with explaining the actions of former co-host Kathy Griffin. On this night, he had to defend a segment in which a correspondent reported from inside a bus where people were smoking marijuana.

Awards and Memoir

Cooper’s journalistic work has earned him numerous accolades over the years, including a number of Emmy Awards.

In 2005, he won both the Peabody Award and the National Headliner Award for his coverage of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

In 2006, he received an Edward R. Murrow Award for his coral reef reporting, and in 2013 he was honored with a GLAAD Media Award, to name just a few of his accolades.

His memoir Dispatches from the Edge(2006), about his experiences covering war and tragedy, became a New York Times bestseller.

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Personal Headlines

In July 2012, Cooper confirmed he was gay after keeping his sexual orientation a secret for years. The news broke after his friend Andrew Sullivan, a writer for The Daily Beast, asked Cooper about his reaction to an Entertainment Weekly article.

Cooper’s response, which Sullivan later posted publicly online, was as follows: “The fact is, I am gay, always have been and always will be, and I could not be happier, more comfortable with myself and proud.”

In March 2014, Cooper’s personal life made headlines again when he revealed in a candid interview on Howard Stern’s radio show that he would not inherit any of his mother’s considerable fortune after her death.

Cooper, who is a millionaire himself, responded by explaining that this was not an issue for him: “I do not believe in inheriting money. I think it’s an initiative sucker. I think it’s a curse.” He also praised his mother, crediting her with giving him the drive to work hard and succeed.

Cooper’s relationship with Vanderbilt was the subject of the HBO documentary Nothing Left Unsaid, which aired in early April 2016.

The release was accompanied by a joint memoir titled The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son on Life, Love and Loss. Vanderbilt passed away three years later, in June 2019.

In April 2020, Cooper became a father with the birth of son Wyatt Morgan through a surrogate mother. In February 2020, he announced the birth of his second son, Sebastian Luke.


Anderson Cooper owns a beach house in Trancoso, Brazil, and a renovated firehouse in Greenwich Village, New York, which he bought in 2010 for $4.3 million.


Anderson Cooper recently purchased a brand-new Range Rover Sport for $210,000 USD. He also owns a $390,000 Aston Martin DBX. Cooper also owns the following vehicles. 

  • Lincoln Corsair
  • Volvo XC90
  • Audi Q2
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class
  • BMW X7

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Anderson Cooper Quotes

I’ve never been a Burger King person. I’m a total McDonald’s person.

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The whole celebrity culture thing – I’m fascinated by, and repelled by, and yet I end up knowing about it.

Anderson Cooper


Never too late to change your relationship with somebody in your life.

Anderson Cooper


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.

Anderson Cooper


If you feel like an outsider, you tend to observe things a lot more.

Anderson Cooper


I can begin to understand how anchor monsters are made. If you’re not careful, you can become used to being treated as though you’re special and begin to expect it.

Anderson Cooper


When a big event happens, people turn on to CNN, not only because they know there will be people there covering an event on the ground, but because they know we’re going to cover it in a way that’s non-partisan, that’s not left or right.

Anderson Cooper


That’s the thing about suicide. Try as you might to remember how a person lived his life, you always end up thinking about how he ended it.

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