Anyone familiar with the New York night club scene will definitely know a thing or two about Benjamin Maisani. To others around the world, however, the night club owner is better known as the boyfriend of popular CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. The two are reported to have begun dating in 2009, spending almost close to a decade together before deciding to part ways in 2018.
All through the years when Maisani and Cooper were by each other’s side, the pair maintained a relationship that was constantly discussed by the public. Many wondered when they would eventually enter into a marriage contract but unfortunately, things did not pan out as thought. Cooper has since carried on with life in the limelight while Maisani has slipped back into a life away from the spotlight.
Who is Benjamin Maisani?
On the 27th of January 1973, Benjamin Maisani was born in Corsica, France. He spent most of his formative years in the European country before later moving and settling in the United States.
Maisani studied filmmaking at Hunter College where he graduated from. It is reported that although he wanted to become a filmmaker, he was a shy introverted kid and so had no interest in being famous.
Following the completion of his education, Maisani took up employment at the Morgan Library located on Madison Avenue. The pay he received from the job did very little to meet his needs and so he found another one at a gay bar called Baracuda. The French national credits this job with helping him become more social and self-confident even though he largely continued to remain a private person.
Benjamin Maisani spent the next few years working in the gay bar business and eventually rose from being a bartender to an owner. Today, the once shy aspiring filmmaker makes a good living from owning different gay bars in New York. Some of the gay bars he owns include Easternbloc which is on 505 E 6th St, Bedlam Bar & Lounge, and Atlas Social Club. It is mostly thanks to these bars that he is said to have a net worth of $4 million which is significantly less than the $200 million net worth of his ex-boyfriend Anderson Cooper.
The Relationship Between Benjamin Maisani and Anderson Cooper
Benjamin Maisani and Anderson Cooper were first pictured together in New York City at one of Maisani’s establishments. The two men are very private individuals and thus opted to keep the relationship a secret. They managed to do so for close to five years before they eventually let the cat out of the bag.
Maisani first opened up about the relationship in 2014 before Cooper later publicly acknowledge it the following year. Since that time, the two have shared pictures and video clips of their adventures and travels together.
The couple has traveled together to different exotic locations around the world, including Myanmar, Venice, and Tahiti to name a few. They also reportedly owned several homes around the country, one of which is a renovated firehouse tucked away in Greenwich Village. They purchased the home for an estimated $4.3 million. They also bought an 18-room, 10,000 sqft mansion in Connecticut to the tune of about $9 million. Cooper also has a vacation home in Brazil and a waterfront house in the Hamptons.
Why They Parted Ways
After having spent a few years together and shared numerous pictures and videos of their vacations, Benjamin Maisani’s romance with the CNN anchor soon became the talk of the town as many thought it would lead to them exchanging vows.
This, however, did not prove to be the case as in 2018, during an interview with and , Cooper revealed that he and his longtime boyfriend had split up. He went on to reiterate that they still love each other very much and will always be in each other’s lives. The last picture of the two men together was a photo of them leaving their Manhattan home in March 2018.
While no reason was given for their separation, there is speculation that a new man had come into the life of Cooper. Cooper is reported to have been spending a lot of time with a man identified as Victor Lopez, a board-certified radiologist who frequently shares photos of them together on his social media page.
Benjamin Maisani, on the other hand, has moved out of the spotlight and it is not clear if he has entered into any new relationship.