Who is John Cooper? Meet Mary-Kate Olsen's new Brightwire CEO date after divorce with Olivier Sarkozy
Looks like Mary-Kate Olsen has a type — investment bankers. She was married to French banker Olivier Sarkozy, who is based in the US. The couple became official in 2012 and the 17-year age gap didn't matter much to them at that point. After dating for two years, Olivier, who is the half-brother of a former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy, popped the question and in 2015 the two were married. Their last outing in the public as a couple was in 2019 and in 2020 it was confirmed that the Olsen twin had filed for divorce.
She filed an emergency order to petition for divorce in April 2020 but she couldn't do so because of the coronavirus. In May, Mary-Kate claimed things has reached emergency status as Sarkozy was trying to force her out of their New York home. All of it was sorted and settled out of court and their divorce finally came through on January 26, 2021. Mary-Kate has moved ahead from her old life and is now seeing John Cooper, a former banker turned entrepreneur.
Who is John Cooper?
After pursuing Computer Science at Gettysburg College between 1994 to 1998, John Cooper got his MBA, Finance and Economics Degree from Columbia Business School. Cooper began his career as a Software engineer with Sun Microsystems and later on maneuvered his career path and became an investment banker at Bear Stearns. He then co-founded the news analysis agency Brightwire with Mark Gerson. The company offers real-time news monitoring summaries and services and Cooper is responsible for the direction and strategy of the company.
Cooper and Mary-Kate were seen at NYC's Greek eatery Estiatorio Milos on Friday night. Joining them was another couple and their order mainly consisted of fresh seafood and white wine. Mary-Kate was seen to be in very high spirits, smiling and grinning the whole time with Cooper anchored by her side. Both Cooper and Mary-Kate were twinning as a couple in an all-black ensemble. She had completed her look with a beanie to ward off the unforgiving cold in the Big Apple.
Her hair was bound in a low pony which she later let loose. She was spotted sporting an edgy ear cuff and a handful of rings with which she was making quite the statement. The Olsen twin wore her signature nude makeup complete with a little gloss on the lips. Her nails were trimmed short and she wasn't spotted wearing any nail embellishments or paint. The couple left the restaurant together and their black masks were up covering their faces and Mary-Kate left for her home in her black Land Rover.
This is her first prominent relationship that's known to the media after her split. In the past, Mary-Kate was linked to Max Winkler in 2002, Ali Fatourechi in 2004, David Katzenberg, who was also known as her first serious boyfriend. She then dated Greek heir Stavros Niarchos III for five months in 2005. In 2006, she dated Max Snow. In 2008, she was rumored to be dating Heath Ledger. She was then linked to Nate Lowman and Dustin Yellin for a while before meeting Olivier Sarkozy in 2012.