Andy Cohen Net Worth
Andy Cohen has an estimated net worth of $50 million. TV host and executive producer Andy Cohen is synonymous with his late night show ‘Watch What Happens Live’ and the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise. He earns most of his income from his career as an actor, television producer, and film producer.
Andy Cohen’s television career began with a hairbrush and a dream. Cohen is one of television’s most recognizable personalities, a goal he appears to have set for himself at a young age, when he began using a hairbrush as a makeshift microphone.
He rose to prominence as the host of the late-night Bravo TV shows Watch What Happens Live and Andy Cohen: Then and Now, as well as the Real Housewives franchise. He also hosted a revival of Love Connection. His most recent book, Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries, was published in 2016.
To calculate the net worth of Andy Cohen, 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:
|Net Worth:||$50 Million|
|Monthly Income:||$800 Thousand+|
|Annual Salary:||$10 Million|
|Source of Wealth:||Television producer, Film Producer, Presenter, Actor, Author|
Early Life and First Interview
Andy Cohen was born on June 2, 1968, in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, Missouri, to a Jewish-American family. He has an older sister, Emily Rosenfeld, and is the son of Lou and Evelyn Cohen (nee Cohen).
He has stated in interviews and in his 2012 memoir Most Talkative that he grew up with a strong interest in television and celebrities. One show in particular appears frequently in stories about Cohen’s childhood: the soap opera All My Children, which he watched religiously in Clayton.
His fascination with the soap opera led him to his first celebrity interview subject, Susan Lucci, whom he persuaded to agree to an interview with him in New York in December 1987, while he was a journalism student at Boston University.
Early Career at CBS
Cohen earned a BA in broadcast journalism from Boston University. In high school, he interned at St. Louis radio and TV stations, and after graduating from college in 1990, he landed a job in New York as a news clerk at CBS News, where he was assigned to the network’s morning show CBS This Morning.
He stayed at CBS for ten years, rising through the ranks to become a producer on both the morning show and the prime-time newsmagazine 48 Hours. In 2000, he accepted a position in program development at Trio, an NBCUniversal cable network. In 2004, he became vice president of original programming at Bravo (also owned by NBCUniversal). He did not leave his management position at Bravo until 2014, despite the fact that his career as an on-camera personality on the network was well underway at the time.
The Mastermind Behind Bravo’s ‘Real Housewives’
Cohen is most closely associated in the minds of many with Bravo’s Real Housewives shows. He hosts the reunion shows that air at the end of each Real Housewives season, in which he interviews the participants and asks them to recall some of the memorable conflict scenes from the season’s episodes.
Cohen was a programming and development executive at Bravo at the time and helped develop the Real Housewives franchise, beginning with The Real Housewives of Orange County in 2006.
During his ten years at Bravo, Cohen helped shepherd the network’s reality shows, from the Real Housewives franchise to a slew of others, including Project Runway, Top Chef, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List, and many others. Cohen’s contract with NBCUniversal was extended through 2020 in November 2017.
Cohen is one of the few executives in television history to have transitioned from a career in program management and production to a career as a TV star.
The First Openly Gay Host on Late-Night TV
Cohen became the first openly gay man to host a late-night television show with Watch What Happens Live. He came out during his time at Boston University, where he studied from 1986 to 1990.
“It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done,” he said in a 2012 interview with Joy Behar about telling his mother he was gay. “That was a day I’ll never forget.” I accidentally left [a] letter out, which my mother discovered… The letter was addressed to a friend of mine in London, to whom I had come out… ‘I think you have something to tell me,’ she [his mother] said. ‘I don’t want to tell you,’ I said, and she said, ‘You have to,’ to which I replied, ‘Well, you know.’ ‘You have to say the words so that you can say it,’ she said. So there you have it. I’m crying, crying, and then she says, ‘You know I would have hated your wife anyway.'”
Satellite Radio and Book Publishing
Cohen has been busy expanding his media footprint outside of Bravo. Andy Cohen Books, his own book imprint with Henry Holt & Co., and his own Sirius XM radio channel (Radio Andy)
Books: ‘Diaries’ and ‘Superficial’
Cohen has written three books about his career as a celebrity interviewer and pop culture personality. Most Talkative: Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture (2012), The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look At a Shallow Year (2014), and Superficial: More Adventures from the Andy Cohen Diaries (2015) are the titles of the books (2016).
Cohen has stated that his life moves so quickly that he has difficulty keeping track of where he has been. It’s why, in 2014, he began keeping a diary, a habit inspired by Oprah Winfrey that resulted in two of Cohen’s books, The Andy Cohen Diaries and Superficial.
“Sometimes I wonder if this is my life,” he wrote in the introduction to Superficial. “Perhaps that’s why I write everything down — it’s too good to forget.”
Live Appearances With Anderson Cooper
In the traveling show AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen, Cohen travels the country with his friend and CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper, discussing various topics in front of live audiences. Since the 2017-18 special, the two have also collaborated on CNN’s annual New Year’s Eve coverage.
Son and Personal Life
In 2015, Cohen began dating Clifton Dassuncao, a 20-year-old MIT and Harvard graduate dubbed the “Brazilian Andy Samberg” by Superficial. They split up in March 2018, according to the TV host.
Cohen gave birth to a son, Benjamin Allen, through surrogacy in February 2019.
Cohen revealed in March 2020 that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
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