Has two much-older half-brothers from his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt's second marriage to famed composer Leopold Stokowski: Leopold Stanislaus "Stan" Stokowski (born August 22, 1950) and Christopher Stokowski (born January 31, 1952).
At the age of three, he was a guest on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962) on 17 September 1970, when he appeared with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.
His older brother Carter Vanderbilt Cooper (born on 27 January 1965) committed suicide on 22 July 1988.
Has two half-nieces and one half-nephew by his elder half-brother Stan Stokowski: Aurora (born March 1983), Abra (born 1985) and Myles (born 1998).
Graduated from Dalton School in Manhattan (1985).
He has been a guest co-host of "Live with Regis and Kathie Lee" (1988), filling in for Regis Philbin on several occasions since 2006.
Graduated from Yale in 1989 with a BA in political science.
Studied Vietnamese at the University of Hanoi in the 1990s.
ABC News correspondent from 1995 to 2000.
Returned to broadcast news, now on CNN (2001).
One of the Top 10 men on Vanity Fair's international best-dressed list, which was published in the magazine's April 2004 issue. He appeared again on the international best-dressed list in the magazine's September 2006 issue.
He was Number 3 on Playgirl magazine's Sexiest Newscasters List in 2004. In second place was Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity and in first place was MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.
Commencement speaker for the graduating class of 2005 at Kean University and the class of 2006 at Yale University.
Named as one of the Sexiest Men Alive in 2005 by People magazine.
In October 2005, it was announced that he signed a US $1 million contract to write a memoir for Harper Collins detailing his "life as a journalist and human being in Sri Lanka, Africa, Iraq and Louisiana/Mississippi" over the previous year. It was entitled Dispatches from the Edge and was released 23 May 2006. Some of Cooper's proceeds are being donated to charity. In addition, the book topped the New York Times bestseller list on 18 June 2006.
Ranked #2 among "The Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America" by Out Magazine in May 2007.
Interviewed news legend Walter Cronkite at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, in the second installment of a four-part University of Judaism Public Lecture Series (26 February 2007).