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Who Is Chris Cuomo's Wife? Everything You Need To Know About Cristina Greeven

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Cristina Greeven Cuomo and Chris Cuomo

Christopher Charles Cuomo is an American television journalist, best known as the CNN anchor of "Cuomo Prime Time," a weeknight news analysis show. We know his face, his name, and his show, and we even know his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was recently cast into the spotlight amid sexual harassment allegations.

Last year, the Cuomo brothers went viral for a funny exchange on-air. But what we should know more about is the woman he married.

Who is Cristina Greeven Cuomo?

Cristina Greeven is a smart and successful businesswoman who carved out a place for herself in the publishing industry. But she's more than just the wife of a CNN anchor.

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Where is Cristina Greeven from?

Greeven grew up in New York. She's American, but has an ancestry of German and Brazillian descent.

She was raised in New York City and Southampton, Long Island by her parents, Regina and Rainer Greeven. Greeven attended the Chapin School, an all-girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. She later went on to study at Cornell University

Greeven Cuomo is 51 years old and was born on January 12, 1970, making her a Capricorn.

Aside from her husband, Greeven's net worth is about $3 million.

What does Cristina Greeven do for a living?

Greeven is no stranger to the world of news and content publishing, though viral content of angry confrontations isn't her thing professionally. She worked for many years as a magazine editor in the lifestyle content space.

She served as the editor-in-chief of the magazines "Manhattan" and "Beach," published by the company Modern Luxury. She was downsized from that company in 2016 when they cut half their workforce.

She also worked as Creative Content Chief at a company called the Plum Network and served as the Editorial Director of "Gotham" and "Hamptons Magazines" at Niche Media Holdings, LLC. 

She now also runs her own lifestyle magazine called 'Purist.'

These days, Greeven runs a magazine she founded in 2017 called "Purist." It has both print and digital editions and is devoted to wellness and peace of mind.

On the About Us page, she writes:

"...when I had three children, quality of life and health opened my heart to the world many parents live in: the world of wellness. I became a student of nutrition and the mysteries of medicine. The more I read and learned in an area oversaturated with information, the more I practiced good habits.

Wellness is no longer an indulgence, it’s a necessity. The time is right for a good cleanse. I’m not just talking about a juice cleanse, I’m talking about mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and yes, physically too.

Our entire environment has become so toxic–from politics to pollution–people are looking for inspiration in their good health and good lives. It’s time to arm oneself against the cacophony coming from disparate places."

Greeven and Cuomo have been married for nearly 20 years.

The Cuomos tied the knot on November 24, 2001. They had a very traditional Catholic ceremony that was held at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church in Southampton, Long Island. Surprisingly, Greeven was a half-hour late to her own wedding. 

Her father-in-law former, former Governor Mario Cuomo, had this to say about their union: “If this match between Chris and Cristina is not made in heaven, it’s certainly made in the vicinity near heaven.”

Greeven and Cuomo have three children together.

The couple have two daughters and one son together. Their eldest is their daughter Bella, who recently turned 18. The middle child is their son, Mario, 15, named after Cuomo's father and former Governor, Mario Cuomo. Their youngest is their daughter Carolina, who turned 11 last October.

All of the children can be seen frequently on Greeven's Instagram and social media.

Greeven does a lot with her family.

According to her Instagram page, Greeven can be seen doing several activities alone and with her family. You can see her playing in the snow with her dogs as well as her family going to the beach and surfing.

Greeven is also known to be a health fanatic, so it's no surprise that we see her doing yoga and home exercises throughout her page. Not only that, but in her children's birthday videos, you can see that the family has traveled a lot as well.

She has a big sister named Andrea.

Greeven wished her older sister a wonderful birthday last October by posting a few pictures of them as kids together.

The caption read, "Happy birthday, big sis! This sister bond goes beyond the familial one — it’s a [heart emoji] that has provided me with a safe space to be my truest, best self and shown me how women should celebrate and cherish each other. Thank you for that, Andrea, and for saving me from lots of turkeys in this life. Your sisterhood is a privilege. Love you!"

According to the caption, Greeven and her older sister are very close.

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Greeven was with Cuomo during the angry confrontation that was caught on film in 2019.

Greeven was a witness to a cacophony in 2019 when she was out with her family, and a group of men began antagonizing her husband. Her husband is the brother of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, son to former New York Governor Mario Cuomo.

Chris Cuomo and his family were approached by an unidentified man who then called Cuomo "Fredo," which refers to the weak-willed character from "The Godfather." Radio host Rush Limbaugh regularly used it to refer to Cuomo.

Cuomo clapped back at the men speaking to him, saying that the term was insulting not just to him personally, but to Italian-Americans in general. 

"Punk-ass b****es from the right call me ‘Fredo.’ My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN,” he said. He then asked others in the group if any of them had Italian heritage, and when they responded in the affirmative, he replied "It’s an insult to your f****** people. It’s like the N-word for us. Is that a cool f****** thing?”

The altercation went on for a while, with Cuomo dropping F-bombs and threatening to push the guys down a staircase. 

Possibly, Greeven's more zen approach to life had an effect on her husband, who took to Twitter to apologize for his behavior in the viral video.

He told his followers, "Truth is I should be better than the guys baiting me. This happens all the time these days. Often in front of my family. But there is a lesson: no need to add to the ugliness; I should be better than what I oppose.”

Is 'Fredo' really an insult like Cuomo says?

The whole incident, aside from spotlighting the on-going issue of people being complete jerks to one another in public, raised the question of how serious an insult is the name "Fredo." The name does refer to a negative character in a film that Cuomo's father denounced for its negative portrayals of Italian-Americans.

Professor Michael Mark Cohen, an American studies professor at UC Berkeley, says, "Fredo was an untrusted and untrustworthy son who, after being patronized and 'passed over' by his powerful family, came to betray his brother out of stupidity and ego. So yes, that's a custom made, deep cut kind of insult for someone like Chris Cuomo. And evidently, it cut to the quick."

However, Cuomo may not have a strong platform to stand on to complain about Fredo as a nickname: he called himself that in a radio interview in 2010! He was talking to AM radio host Curtis Sliwa, who said, “There is a group of people — politicos — who always hint they might run, but not necessarily plunge all the way, and they are members of la Cuomo.”

“Who am I, then, Fredo?” Cuomo asked in response, laughing a bit. Silwa responded, “Yes, exactly! So you better be careful that your brother Andrew doesn’t kiss you on both cheeks and then all of a sudden they take you out on the middle of the lake and where’s Chris?”

Greeven didn't make any statements about the altercation. 

Cuomo's interviews with his brother, Andrew, went viral at the start of the pandemic.

While the brothers were engaging in a serious discussion about coronavirus, they managed to insert some levity into the conversation by playfully teasing each other.

Cuomo wanted to follow up with his brother after asking him in a previous interview to call their mother. He said, "I know you're working hard for your state, but no matter how hard you're working, there's always time to call mom. She wants to hear from you — just so you know."

Governor Cuomo replied, "I called mom. I called mom just before I came on the show. By the way, she said I was her favorite. Good news is she said you're her second favorite — second favorite son."

Cuomo then thanked his brother for coming back on his show to which the governor replied, "Mom told me I had to."

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Rebekah Kuschmider has been writing about celebrities, pop culture, entertainment, and politics since 2010. Her work has been seen at Ravishly, Babble, Scary Mommy, The Mid, Redbook online, and The Broad Side. 

Editor's Note: This article was originally posted on August 14, 2019 and was updated with the latest information.