Kaley Cuoco’s ex-husband Karl Cook is an American businessman and equestrian famously known as the son of billionaire businessman Scott David Cook. Karl and Kaley exchanged marriage vows on June 30, 2018, and three years later, Kaley Cuoco filed for divorce in September 2021, citing irreconcilable differences, as the reason for their divorce.
Kaley Cuoco’s love life has never been something hidden from the public. She has been romantically linked to multiple men since she became a public figure and has been married twice; first to Ryan Sweeting and then to Karl Cook. Kaley and Karl began dating in 2016, around the time she was separated from her first husband. By the time she and Sweeting finalized their divorce in May 2016, things had already picked up between her and Karl Cook.
On her 32nd birthday, Kaley and Cook got engaged and then officially became a married couple on the 30th of June 2018. September 2021 came and the couple announced that they would be opting out of the marriage. While Karl Cook gained mainstream popularity following his marriage to the famous actress from Camarillo, California, and is currently mostly known as the estranged husband of Cuoco, he has always been a public figure.
Before Kaley became a part of his life, Karl was known as a billionaire heir: he is one of the three children of Signe Ostby and Scott David Cook. Scott is famous as one of the billionaires in America. He is a prominent businessman known for co-founding Intuit, a company that specializes in financial software. More so, Karl is a professional equestrian who has been seen competing in several tournaments.
The California Native Is 32 Years Old and 5 Years Younger Than His Estranged Wife
As you would easily find, Karl Cook’s estranged wife was born and raised in California. She was born to Gary Carmine Cuoco and Layne Ann Wingate on the 30th of November 1985. This means she is 38 years old at the moment and five years older than Karl who was born on the 25th of December 1990.
As it is with Kaley Cuoco, Karl was born and bred in California. He was born to Scott D. Cook and Signe Ostby. Karl is not the only child of the couple but one of the three kids they had. He has a brother named David Bryn Cook and a younger sister named Annie Laurie Cook. Annie is 30 years old as she was born on the 4th of July 1993.
His soon-to-be ex-wife, Kaley, is of mixed caucasian heritage: Italian, English, and German ancestry. Such details are not readily available about Karl’s family background but no one needs to be told he is white American.
Karl Cook Hails From a Successful Family With Parents Who Are Prominent Business Executives
His father Scott David Cook is a famous businessman, a billionaire renowned as the co-founder of Intuit. A graduate of the University of Southern California where he bagged a degree in economics and mathematics, Scott also holds an MBA which he obtained from Harvard Business School. His career dates back to the 70s when he was employed by Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Working for the company, he gained experience in areas like marketing and product development. This left him thinking of creating a new, unique company based on the experiences he had gathered. When his wife complained about paying bills, the idea of having a software company that would help people pay their bills came to him. This became the basis upon which Intuit was founded. Karl’s father is also affiliated with other popular establishments like eBay.
As it is with Scott, Karl’s mother is also a prominent businesswoman. Signe Ostby started her career in brand management and worked with popular corporations like Apple, RadioShack, Clorox, and Procter & Gamble. She would later get into hi-tech marketing, a path that saw her become the vice president of Software Publishing Corporation and an advisor to renowned establishments like Hewlett-Packard and IBM.
In addition to that, she owns and operates an agricultural enterprise that specializes in the craft production of food and fiber. A well-read businesswoman who obtained both her BBA and MBA from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Karl Cook’s mom, alongside her husband Scott, heads the Valhalla Foundation. She is also a board member of the Center for Brand and Product Management at the University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Business.
The center is regarded as the first of its kind in the United States and is known to focus on training MBAs in brand and product management. Karl’s parents are clearly passionate about education and their kids probably inherited the trait. However, details of Karl’s educational background are yet to be revealed. Signe is a horse aficionado, a lifestyle that rubbed off on Karl and ultimately determined his career.
From what we gathered, she owns Pomponio Ranch Stallions, an establishment that breeds, raises, sells, and trains jumping horses. The outlet’s mission is preoccupied with breeding and selling top American bred horses to promote show jumping sports across the globe. As you would soon learn, Karl Cook’s career revolves around that.
Karl Cook and Kaley Cuoco Met and Started Dating In 2016
Nothing was known about Karl Cook’s love life before Kaley Cuoco came into the picture. The same can’t be said about The Big Bang Theory actress. Karl isn’t her first husband nor was he her first boyfriend. She has had quite a busy love life that dates back to the early days of her career. In 2002, she dated The Young and the Restless actor Thad Luckinbill. The following year, she met Kevin Zegers on the set of The Hollow, and they dated until 2004.
Then came country-pop star Jaron Lowenstein whom she dated from 2005 to 2006. From 2007 to 2008, Kaley dated Josh Henderson whom she first met in 2002 when he guest-starred on 8 Simple Rules. Her next lover was her The Big Bang Theory costar, Johnny Galecki. It is believed that their romance started in 2007 and we can confirm that it ended in 2009.
After Galecki came Josh Resnik, an addiction specialist. She got engaged to Resnik in October 2011 but they never got married as she called it off in March 2012. The following year, sometime in September, she got engaged to former professional tennis player Ryan Sweeting whom she had been dating for about three months.
They got married on the 31st of December 2013 but the union didn’t witness two years. It emerged in September 2015 that they were parting ways and their divorce was finalized in May 2016. Before this, the actress was already pursuing a romance with Karl Cook. Reports have it that Kaley and Karl met in March 2016 at a horse show in California.
In September of that same year, they made their red carpet appearance and it was all lovey-dovey thenceforth. Several times, the actress talked about Karl, saying all the things you’d expect to hear from someone in love. Like Karl, Kaley is also passionate about horses, so it wasn’t hard for people to conclude that they were soul mates. Just over a year after they started dating, on Kaley Cuoco’s 32nd birthday (November 30th, 2017), the equestrian proposed to the actress.
The Former Couple Got Married In June 2018 and Parted Ways In September 2021
A few weeks after they got engaged, Karl and Kaley stormed Disneyland alongside the actress’ sister, Briana, and a group of friends to celebrate their engagement. Just as it didn’t take them long to get engaged, they wasted no time in getting married. In less than a year after they got engaged, precisely on the 30th of June 2018, they got married. The ceremony was held in San Diego, California. It was a beautiful event which they documented online with #KCSquared, a hashtag coined with their initials.
The couple didn’t get to have their honeymoon until December of that year. This was so because the actress had a shoulder injury that required surgery just after they got married. They had their honeymoon in Switzerland and Kaley took the time to share pictures of their lovely moments online. The months went by and they soon celebrated a year in marriage. Both Karl and Kaley took to Instagram to mark the milestone and reaffirm their love for each other.
Shortly after this, it dawned on people that the couple had not been living together despite being married for over a year. When The Big Bang Theory star was questioned about this in one of her interviews, she admitted that their marriage was unconventional but disclosed that they were building their dream house and would eventually move in together. In March 2020, during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, the former couple moved into their Los Angeles house.
This seemingly strengthened their bond as in subsequent interviews the actress had after they moved in together, she spoke glowingly about Karl Cook, stating that he has a fulfilling career and does not feel insecure about her career successes like her previous husband. Two months after they marked their third wedding anniversary, it emerged that Karl Cook and Kaley Cuoco have parted ways.
They Decided To End Their Marriage Because They Drifted Apart
It came as a surprise to many in September 2021 when Karl Cook and Kaley Cuoco issued a joint statement relating that they had decided to end their marriage. Reckoning that they deeply love and respect each other, they stated that they had come to realize that their “current paths” have taken them in “opposite directions”.
Adding that there is no animosity between them, they buttressed that they made the decision together. With that, they stressed that they wouldn’t be commenting further on the matter. True to their words, they have refrained from talking about the end of their marriage since then. And based on what is known to the public, the two had an amicable separation and are still on good terms.
Is Karl Cook Dating Anyone Since His Divorce?
As of January 2022, it is not clear if the estranged couple has finalized their divorce. What is certain is the fact that they are still dealing with the reality of their failed union. Karl Cook has not been seen with anyone since he parted ways with the famous actress. He has been focused on his career.
That’s also the case for Kayle. The actress hasn’t been romantically linked to anyone since her second marriage packed up.
What Does Kaley Cuoco’s Estranged Husband Do for a Living?
Karl Cook is a professional equestrian. Yeah, he rides horses for a living. Reports have it that horse riding is something he has been doing since he was a kid. It is said that his mother was once a professional equestrian; so Karl was raised around the animals and eventually became passionate about riding them.
As the story goes, he was gifted his first horse when he was only eight years old. This only fueled his enthusiasm for the creatures, so much that he enrolled under the mentorship of Graeme and Lu Thomas of Wilow Tree Farm to learn how to ride and care for the animal. He spent about 12 years there before he became an amateur rider, this was sometime in the late 2000s.
He had an illustrious career as a teenage rider, helping his team twice to win gold at the FEI North American Junior and Young Rider Championships. In 2007, he was the top individual young rider and as the year went by, he popularized his name in the sport as a regular winner on the Grand Prix and West Coast amateur circuits. Sometime in 2012, his performances began to dwindle, so much that he almost quit riding.
Following a series of disappointing outings, he decided to drop out of the competitive circuit to rediscover himself in the sport. To achieve this, Cook parted ways with his longtime trainers and began working with Eric Navet. Within three months, he improved his riding style and became more involved in the life of his horses.
The changes paid off. Before the year ran out, he won the ShowBiz Magazine/iJump Sports Welcome Stake. After that, he had a good outing at the $50,000 Fisker Automotive World Cup Grand Prix where he finished 1st and 2nd. Before this, he pulled off a win as well at the $30,000 EQU Lifestyle Speed Classic.