Karl Cook was a largely unknown man to the general populace until he fell in love with The Big Bang Theory actress, Kayley Cuoco. Since that happened, interest in him, particularly from fans of the actress and the show has grown, in not just a gossipy way, but also a protective sense for one of TV’s favorite actresses. From his equestrian profession to their unconventional marriage, here is a total and detailed look at Karl Cook’s life and his marriage to the actress.
Karl Cook and Kayley Cuoco met at a Horse Show
Karl Cook shot into the limelight in 2016 when he started dating The Big Bang Theory actor. Thanks to their shared love of horses, fate brought them together at a horse show.
When they interacted for the first time, Karl had no idea who she was, which was a development Kayley appreciated. They bonded over their shared love of horses, and not long after, began dating. All these presumably happened in March 2016, as they went Instagram official in that month.
Following the completion of Kayley Cuoco’s divorce from the tennis player, Ryan Sweeting, in May 2016, Karl and Kayley took the next step as a celebrity couple – made their red-carpet debut. They walked the carpet for the Longines Masters Los Angeles Gala in September 2016, announcing to the world that things were getting serious between them.
Their relationship was met with support and acceptance by friends and close pals of Kayley Cuoco, including her ex and Big Bang Theory costar, Johnny Galecki. With everything well on the friends and family front, Karl Cook and Kayley were free to proceed to the next stage of their relationship, and in November 2017, they did.
Karl Proposed to Kayley on Her 32nd Birthday
A few months after they met for the first time, Karl Cook took the brave step of asking Kayley Cuoco to marry him. Karl opted for a more intimate proposal moment by setting up a romantic candlelit dinner at his home. He also made the meal himself and served her all her favorite foods.
When the time was right, Karl went on one knee and asked the actress to marry him, to which she said yes. It was a pretty emotional moment for Kayley, as shown by the Instagram video posted by Karl.
With the engagement secured, the couple began setting plans in motion for their wedding. It finally came together in June 2018, when they said their I Dos in a horse stable, in a modest ceremony officiated by Kaley’s sister, Briana. The two of them also wrote their wedding vows, and Kayley, known for her unconventionality, wore a bridal jumpsuit to the wedding reception.
They Lived Apart in the First two Years of Their Marriage
Normally, the expectation would be for Karl and Kayley to move into a house having ‘become one.’ But that was not the case. For the first two years of their marriage, the couple lived apart, and according to Kayley, it was for a good reason.
According to her, they are doing so because they often spend their time in different locations and are usually only together for a brief period. When they are separated, the couple keeps up the fun with each other via goofy Instagram posts.
Another reason is mutual independence. Kayley mentions their arrangement and relationship as a whole work because she does not need him for anything. Thus, allowing the couple to live apart without having any significant dent on their marriage.
Lastly, the couple also lived apart because they wanted to build their dream house, and it appears the building process might be over. In February 2020, Variety reported that the couple is moving into a Hidden Hills Estate mansion, as their first family home. The move and deal for the mansion cost the couple $12 million, each with a 50/50 stake, a small price for the billionaire heir.
Karl Cook’s Net Worth Comes from His Mega-Rich Parents
Karl Cook may not have the celebrity status of his wife, but he has something she does not have – an infinite amount of money. The equestrian has an estimated net worth of $100 million, and it can only increase thanks to his genealogy. The bulk of his money comes from his parents, Signe Ostby and Scott Cook, both of whom are Wisconsin business leaders with a combined net worth of over $2 billion.
His Parents Make their Money from Technology
Born on December 25, 1990, in California, He is the son of Signe Ostby (mother), the business mogul owns a software startup and marketing strategic practice. Signe also partners with big companies like Apple and Radio shack. Additionally, she is a co-founder of the Wisconsin business center for brand and product. His father, Scott Cook, is the founder of Intuit tax software worth $2 billion.
He is the only son of his parents, but he has a sister, Annie Laurie Cook. Both are expected to inherit their parents’ huge wealth.
He also Makes Money from Equestrianism
While the bulk of his wealth is traceable to his parents, he has also made money as a professional horse rider. He began training when he was at a tender age of 8. He rode and trained for 12 years with Graeme & Lu Thomas at the willow tree farm and, in no time, became proficient as a horse rider.
Despite a series of failures along the way to turning pro, Karl Cook has managed to become a star of the sport. The champ horse rider has added several trophies to his cabinet, including the 2007 FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championship, and 2008 FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championship.
He also got 1st place at the SmartPak Grand Prix, Ultroz jumper, and Card flex grand Prix. His victories at SmartPak and UltrOz earned him $25,500 and $15,000, respectively.
Karl also Runs the Family’s Ranch
The billionaire heir does not just ride horses, but he also nurtures and takes care of them. Cook’s family has a passion for horse riding, and his mom is not only involved in the sports but has also invested in a ranch, which Karl runs.
Pomponio Ranch Stallions, the family’s ranch is in San Gregorio, California. Also, the ranch breeds most of the horses that Karl Cook competes with. Besides his passion for horse riding, Karl Cook has also shown interest in equine sports medicine research and has a line of riding attires. He equally enjoys photography and a form of word work called lazy turning.