Despite being born into a ridiculously wealthy and well-known family, Christopher Stokowski didn’t want to embrace the lifestyle of the rich and the famous. Instead, he chose to shy away from the limelight. Still, he lived an interesting life and is the half-brother of the accomplished journalist, Anderson Cooper.

Early life and family

Although Christopher wanted nothing to do with being famous, his early life is known about because he lived with his family. He was born on 31 January 1952 to Gloria Vanderbilt and Leopold Stokowski, who was married at the time.

Leopold was seen as one of the finest orchestra conductors of the 20th century. Gloria was an heiress to the impressive and very well-known Vanderbilt fortune. She was famous from birth and lived a comfortable life. However, she built a life for herself and became a successful writer, businesswoman, socialite, designer and painter.

Christopher had many other siblings – the most famous of them being the seasoned journalist, Anderson Cooper. Anderson made a name for himself working for CNN and is much-admired in his chosen career.

Not one for the glaring spotlight, Christopher kept his life private, making details about his general life quite scarce. He preferred under the radar and didn’t associate with his celebrity family as much. He wanted to make a life for himself away from the public eye.

Educational background and Career

Not much is known about Christopher’s education and earlier life. He is known to have been a shy child who couldn’t really cope with the fame of his mother and family.

He attended Bard College, a private liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Here, he kept to himself and tried to avoid the fame of the Stokowski-Vanderbilt family.

Christopher inherited his father’s love for music and decided to pursue a career in that direction. He was determined to establish himself in the music industry and became a talented music composer.

Relationship with April Sandmeyer

Christopher fell in love with a young lady named April Sandmeyer in 1974. The two began dating and soon became serious about their relationship and their future together. They got engages in 1977. This decision to make things official came shortly after his stepfather, Wyatt Cooper and his biological father passed away. Perhaps he was driven to take his relationship seriously by being reminded of how fragile and precious life is after experiencing death.

He started seeing his mother’s therapist around this time, likely to help him deal with the death of the two prominent men in his life. However, things went sour when he realised that the therapist and his mother were working together to end his relationship with April.

When she found out, April was devastated and their romance came to an end. Christopher was furious and decided to cut his ties with his family, in particular his mother. He had hoped this would win back April’s heart.

Unfortunately, that didn’t work. Christopher then decided to move out of NewYork and informed his family that he would never return.

Anderson Cooper with his mother and brother.Anderson Cooper

Posted by Brandon Bent on Wednesday, 19 December 2018

For the next 38 years, Christopher disappeared and no one heard from him. It is not known what he got up to in this time.

Family Life and Reunion

The Stokowski-Vanderbilt family is a rather large and mixed one. On his father’s side, Christopher has a brother whose name is Leopold. He also has three stepsisters, Andrea Sadja Stokowski, Sonia Maria Noel and Gloria Luba Stokowski.

Christopher also has two stepbrothers from his mother’s marriage to Wyatt – Carter Vanderbilt Cooper and Anderson Hays Cooper.

Sadly, one of his halfsiblings committed suicide while Christopher was away from his family for those many decades. Carter gave no indication of being unhappy or suicidal but committed suicide by jumping from the 14th floor of Gloria’s Manhattan penthouse. He was 23 years old at the time of his suicide and had a bright future ahead of him. He was considered intelligent and had attended Princeton. Carter also had a very good job at American Heritage as a book editor.

In 2016, Christopher finally returned and reunited with his family.

Christopher Stokowski Vanderbilt with his family

He reached out to his estranged family after seeing “Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt and Anderson Cooper”, an HBO documentary with Gloria and Anderson.

The documentary did not really mention Christopher. According to April, his former fiancée, Gloria probably did not want to mention too much of him because she knew he did not like to be in the public eye.

Town&Country magazine reported in 2019 that April said Gloria wanted to protect Christopher’s privacy and does not want to give him any attention he wouldn’t want.

Anderson confirmed that he and Christopher was able to reconnect after the documentary. Christopher remains in contact with his family today.

Net worth

With Christopher’s life being as private as it is, it is not easy to ascertain exactly how much he is worth. However, it is believed that since he comes from a wealthy family, he is not left wanting for anything. He did, after all, inherit a large sum of money from his father, Leopold.

As of December 2019, it is reported that Christopher’s personal net worth stands at about $1 million.

After Gloria passed away, he may have been entitled to a share of her $200 million fortune. There are people who believe that she did not leave him anything, and most of the money went to Anderson.

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