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Who is Benjamin Maisani?

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

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Education and early life

Benjamin grew up in Corsica through his father who ran a business there, and mother who was a housewife; Not much else has been shared about Benjamin’s parents as he respects their privacy. It is believed that Benjamin grew up alongside his younger brother and sister, but this has not been confirmed.

He attended a local high school in Corsica and may have particularly enjoyed acting during his teenage years; Benjamin acted in many school plays as a member of the drama club, while also appearing in several plays performed at a community theater.

Bee entrance examination in 1991he moved to New York City, USA, and enrolled at Hunter College, graduating in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in filmmaking.

Benjamin’s career

Not much has been revealed about Benjamin’s career, but it is known that today he is a businessman, night club owner and Eastern Bloc bar owner.

Love life and relationships

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

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Anderson’s son Wyatt Morgan Cooper was born via surrogacy on April 27, 2020; Benjamin was present at Wyatt’s birth, and while 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 February 10, 2022, and Benjamin is in the process of adopting the boy.

Benjamin has not mentioned other men with whom he may have had a relationshiphe has been single since March 2023 and co-parents Anderson Cooper’s two sons.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Benjamin prefers to keep his privacy, and although he is active on Instagram, he only allows his real friends to become his followers; he has 139 followers on the social media network and has posted nearly 550 photos and videos, most of which show Benjamin going about his daily life.

He is quite active physically, hence his muscular body; Benjamin trains daily in the gym and also follows a healthy diet.

He is a philanthropist and has donated money to various non-profit organizations that aim to help underprivileged children and war veterans.

Benjamin enjoys watching movies starring his favorite actor Johnny Depp, such as the “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Rango” franchise.

Height, eyes and wealth

Benjamin is 50 years old. He has brown eyes and brown hair, is 1.7 m tall and weighs about 65 kg.

Benjamin’s ability 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 June 3, 1967, making Gemini his zodiac sign. He is perhaps best known for the work he has done for CNN, especially for his show “Anderson Cooper 360°”, while he is also known 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 equestrian millionaire, and American socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt. He had a brother Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, who committed suicide by jumping from the 14th floor on July 22, 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 as a baby for ‘Harper’s Bazaar’ magazine and was three when he made a guest appearance on the talk show ‘The Tonight Show’; Benjamin was nine years old and appeared on the panel show “To Tell the Truth”, modeling for Macy’s, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren from ages 10 to 13.

Anderson attended the Dalton School, and after graduating at age 17, spent several months traveling through Africa; he contracted malaria and was treated at a hospital in Kenya. He then attended Yale University, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Anderson started working as a correspondent as soon as he graduated, but resigned in the early 1990s and lived in Vietnam for a year to study the language at Vietnam National University in Hanoi.

Anderson was hired by ABC News in 1995 as their correspondent and eventually became a co-anchor of 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 anchoring the show “American Morning” with Paula Zahn, and it was on September 8, 2003 that he began anchoring his own show “Anderson Cooper 360°”. In 2005 he covered many important events, such as the Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles 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 September 12, 2011 through May 30, 2013, Anderson hosted the show “Anderson Live”. He moderated the 2016 presidential election debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and co-hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage the following year; Since then, Benjamin has covered every New Year’s Eve for CNN.

Since 2007, he has 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.


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