Anderson Cooper Is More Than Just A Reporter

Almost every night, the general public can tune into CNN and watch Anderson Cooper on his news show Anderson Cooper 360°. When Cooper broadcasts the news he makes sure that what he’s saying is honest, trustworthy, and accurate. While he is best known for his on-air coverage of current events, there’s a lot more to him that happens behind the scenes. His early years, past relationships, and strong personal beliefs have shaped him into the man he is today. This is everything you need to know about Anderson Cooper.

The Family That Came Before Cooper

Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (1836-1881). American soldier black and white portrait
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Before Anderson Cooper was born there were several people in his family who had already made a name for themselves. His lineage dates back to the Civil War, being related to Major General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, who marched with General William T. Sherman through Georgia.

His great-great-great-grandfather Cornelius Vanderbilt amassed a vast fortune after becoming a successful business magnate. Cornelius passed his wealth down to the future generations including Cooper’s grandparents, equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt. This was then passed down to his mother Gloria Vanderbilt.