Cooper considers his father's book Families to be "sort of a guide on..he would have wanted me to live my life and the choices he would have wanted me to make.

And so I feel very connected to him." Cooper's older brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper, committed suicide on July 22, 1988, at age 23, by jumping from the 14th-floor terrace of Vanderbilt's New York City penthouse apartment.

“Anderson wanted to pay for a lavish wedding, but Gloria wouldn’t hear of it!

Would I be able to survive and get on in the world on my own?

Cooper was educated at the Dalton School, a private co-educational university preparatory day school in New York City.

Describing the experience, Cooper wrote "Africa was a place to forget and be forgotten in." During college, Cooper spent two summers as an intern at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Although he has no formal journalistic education, he opted to pursue a career in journalism rather than stay with the agency after school, After his first correspondence work in the early 1990s, he took a break from reporting and lived in Vietnam for a year, during which time he studied the Vietnamese language at Vietnam National University, Hanoi.

Although the duo are actually best friends and even embarking on an AC2 tour -- an evening of intimate, unscripted conversation with the TV personalities who share initials -- they only agreed on the answer to one question: "Who has the higher freak number in bed?

" In case you're wondering, it's CNN anchor Cooper.

, Cooper revealed that he almost went on a blind date with Cohen several years ago, until Andy did the one thing that the CNN news anchor considers to be a deal breaker — he instantly asked about his socialite mother, Gloria Vanderbilt.

“Andy and I were first set up on a blind date, which never happened cause we had a phone call and after two minutes I was like, ’I’m not dating this guy,'” Cooper rememebered.

“He broke my cardinal rule…He mentioned my mom within the first four sentences of meeting me.” Adam Salandra is a writer, performer and host in Los Angeles.