Benjamin Maisani: How He Met and Co-Parents with Anderson Cooper

March 22, 2024
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Who is Benjamin Maisani?

French-American businessman and nightclub owner Benjamin Antoine Maisani was born in Corsica, France on 27 January 1973, meaning that Aquarius is his zodiac sign. He’s probably only known for being a former boyfriend of American broadcast journalist and political commentator Anderson Hays Cooper, who’s six years his senior.

Education and early life

Benjamin was raised in Corsica by his father who was running a business there, and mother who was a housewife; not a lot else has been shared about Benjamin’s parents, as he respects their privacy. It’s believed that Benjamin was raised alongside his younger brother and sister, but this hasn’t been confirmed.

He studied at a local high school in Corsica and was perhaps mostly into acting during his teenage years; Benjamin appeared in many school plays as a member of its drama club, while he also appeared in several plays performed at a community theatre.

Upon matriculating in 1991, he moved to New York City, USA, and enrolled at Hunter College, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in moviemaking in 1995.


Benjamin’s career

Not a lot has been disclosed about Benjamin’s career, but it’s known that he’s today a businessman, nightclub owner and the owner of the bar Eastern Bloc.

Love life and relationships

It was in 2012 that Benjamin’s boyfriend Anderson Cooper revealed that he was gay, as well as stating that he and Benjamin were in a long-term relationship. The two men purchased the historic summer estate Rye House in 2014, and moved in together; they revealed in March 2018 that they’d split, but remained close friends.

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Anderson’s son Wyatt Morgan Cooper was born via surrogacy on 27 April 2020; Benjamin was present during Wyatt’s birth, and even though the two men are no longer romantically linked, they are co-parenting the child. Anderson’s second son Sebastian Luke Maisani-Cooper was born on 10 February 2022, and Benjamin’s in the process of adopting the boy.

Benjamin hasn’t mentioned other men whom he’s perhaps dated, he’s unattached as of March 2023, and is co-parenting Anderson Cooper’s two sons.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Benjamin prefers to maintain his privacy, and even though he’s active on Instagram, he allows only his real life friends to become his followers; he has 139 followers on the social media network, and has posted close to 550 pictures and videos, with most of these showing Benjamin during his everyday life.

He’s physically quite active, thus his muscular body; Benjamin works out at the gym on a daily basis, and also follows a healthy diet.


He’s a philanthropist and has donated money to several non-profits aiming to help underprivileged children and war veterans.

Benjamin likes to watch movies which star his favorite actor Johnny Depp, such as the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Rango”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Benjamin’s age is 50. He has brown eyes and hair, is 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 145lbs (65kgs).

Benjamin’s net worth’s been estimated at over $8 million, as of March 2023.

Who is Anderson Cooper?

American journalist and political commentator Anderson Hays Cooper was born in New York City, USA, on 3 June 1967, making Gemini his zodiac sign. He’s perhaps known best for the work which he’s done for CNN, especially for his show “Anderson Cooper 360°”, while he’s also known for serving as a correspondent on the CBS News’ show “60 Minutes”.

Benjamin was raised in New York City by his father Wyatt Emory Cooper, the late American author and actor, and mother Gloria Laura Vanderbilt, the late American actress, fashion designer and heiress; Benjamin has two older half-brothers Christopher Stokowski and Leopold Stanislaus ‘Stan’ Stokowski from his mother’s former marriage to Leopold Anthony Stokowski, the late British conductor. Benjamin’s maternal grandparents were Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt, an American millionaire equestrian, and American socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt. He had a brother Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, who committed suicide by jumping from the 14th floor on 22 July 1988; this event led Anderson to become interested in journalism.


Because of his family, Anderson became popular the moment he was born; he was photographed for the magazine “Harper’s Bazaar” as a baby, and was three when he made a guest appearance in the talk “The Tonight Show”; aged nine, Benjamin appeared in the panel show “To Tell the Truth”, and was a model for Macy’s, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren from age 10 to 13.

Anderson studied at the Dalton School, and upon matriculating at the age of 17 spent several months travelling around Africa; he contracted malaria, and was treated at a hospital in Kenya. He then studied at Yale University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989.

Anderson began working as a correspondent as soon as he graduated, but quit the job in the first half of the ‘90s, and spent a year living in Vietnam, learning the language at the Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Anderson was hired by ABC News as their correspondent in 1995, and eventually became a co-anchor on their show “World News Now”; in 2000, he became the host of the reality show “The Mole”, but quit after two seasons. He joined CNN in 2001, and began co-anchoring the show “American Morning” together with Paula Zahn, and it was on 8 September 2003 that he began anchoring his own show “Anderson Cooper 360°”. The year 2005 saw him cover many important events, such as the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles’ royal wedding, and the tsunami in Sri Lanka.

Anderson signed a new contract with CNN in January 2007, and his salary was doubled from $2 to $4 million a year.


He hosted the documentary show “Planet in Peril” in October 2007, and from 12 September 2011 through 30 May 2013, Anderson hosted the show “Anderson Live”. He moderated the presidential election debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2016, and the following year saw him co-host CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage; Benjamin’s since covered every New Year’s Eve for CNN.

Since 2007, he’s been a correspondent on the CBS News’ show “60 Minutes”.

Benjamin’s published three books: his first “Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters and Survival” in 2006, “The Rainbow Comes and Goes” in 2016, and “Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty” in 2021.

Olivia Wilson

As the Freelance Writer at Net Worth Post, I steer producing riveting stories about the lives and triumphs of influencers. With an unwavering commitment to precision and a flair for weaving compelling tales, I guide our content creation, from the depths of research to the pinnacle of narrative excellence. My responsibilities encompass the full spectrum of editorial management, including the meticulous investigation, narrative development, and upholding the integrity and high standard of our output.

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