Quick Facts of Benjamin Maisani
- Net Worth$8 Million
- First NameBenjamin
- Last NameMaisani
Benjamin Maisani is a French businessman who owns three bars. He is openly gay and he made headlines after being in a relationship with CNN broadcaster, Anderson Cooper, who currently serves as an anchor on Anderson Cooper 360°.
The couple are no more together but Cooper recently asked his ex-boyfriend Maisani to help raise his son Wyatt Cooper who was born via surrogate.
Born in Corsica, France
Benjamin Maisani was born on January 27, 1973, in Corsica, France. He holds dual nationality of French and American and he belongs to Caucasian ethnicity.
Maisani completed his preliminary education from France and then moved to New York where he studied filmmaking. He completed his graduation from Hunter College in NYC.
Maisani initially worked as a bartender and now he is the owner of three bars. He also had employment at the Barracuda in Chelsea
Maisani, who is a book lover, has also worked at the Morgan Library in Madison Avenue.
Relationship With Ex-Boyfriend Anderson Cooper
Openly gay Benjamin Maisani and Anderson Cooper were in a romantic relationship for nine long years. The former couple had started dating in 2009 and they were enjoying each other’s company until calling it quits in March 2018.
At the time, Cooper, who is the author of Rainbow Comes and Goes, announced his split with Maisani by sharing a statement that reads,
Benjamin and I separated as boyfriends some time ago. We are still family to each other, and love each other very much. We remain the best of friends, and will continue to share much of our lives together.
Following the split, Cooper went on to date Victor Lopez and Andy Cohen, but none of the relationships lasted for long.
Asked to Raise Anderson Cooper’s Son
Cooper, who is currently single, welcomed his first child, a baby boy, via surrogate in late April 2020, and he named his son Wyatt Cooper.
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I want to share with you some joyful news. On Monday, I became a father. This is Wyatt Cooper. He is three days old. He is named after my father, who died when I was ten. I hope I can be as good a dad as he was. My son’s middle name is Morgan. It’s a family name on my mom’s side. I know my mom and dad liked the name morgan because I recently found a list they made 52 years ago when they were trying to think of names for me. Wyatt Morgan Cooper. My son. He was 7.2 lbs at birth, and he is sweet, and soft, and healthy and I am beyond happy. As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth. Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children. My surrogate has a beautiful family of her own, a wonderfully supportive husband, and kids, and I am incredibly thankful for all the support they have given Wyatt and me. My family is blessed to have this family in our lives I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.
Later in May, he asked Maisani to help him raise the child. A response from Maisani has yet to come.
Holds a Net Worth of $8 Million
Being one of the most successful businessmen, Benjamin Maisani has earned a huge amount of money throughout his career.
According to the Wealthy Persons website, Maisani has a whopping net worth of $8 million, as of 2020.
While in a relationship with Cooper, he was living with him at a renovated firehouse in Greenwich Village which the two had bought shortly after starting dating in 2009.
The former couple had also purchased several other homes including a waterfront in the Hamptons and a mansion in Connecticut.