Philippe was born in Santa Monica, California and grew up between France and United States.
He graduated from St. Andrews University in Scotland where he earned an M.A. in History. Since University Philippe has following in the spirit of his father and grandfather. He is a multiple Emmy-nominated TV host and producer; author; speaker; and social entrepreneur.
In 2007 Philippe co-hosted his first full length documentary with Steve Irwin called Ocean’s Deadliest.
From 2007-2009 Philippe was the Chief Ocean Correspondent for the Animal Planet Channel, where he is working on various ocean and water focused documentary programs. Those shows included Ocean's Deadliest, which he completed after his co-host Steve Irwin was fatally wounded during their expedition; and “Springwatch” a six-part series chronicling the emergence of spring in nature.
In 2009, Philippe was a co-host of the Discovery Channel/BBC co-production Oceans. The series explored the state of our world's oceans and major seas through 8 one-hour episodes.
In 2010 Philippe served as the Chief Ocean Correspondent for Planet Green where he hosted a television series as well as Blue August 2010. In 2010, he spent a great deal of time covering the BP Gulf Oil Spill with ABC’s Good Morning American and Sam Champion and later CNN. Philippe was the first person to scuba dive live on television into the spill.
From 2010 through 2014 Philippe was a Special Correspondent for CNN International and the host of Going Green, a series that explored critical conservation issues around the world. In addition, Philippe hosted Expedition Sumatra for CNN in 2013, an 8-part series exploring the deforestation crisis in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Since 2014, Philippe has been the host and executive producer of the Emmy nominated Awesome Planet, a television series syndicated on Fox and Hulu. In 2015 he was nominated for a Emmy Award as best host for a travel show. In 2017 the show was nominated for best Travel Show. Now in its fourth season the show airs weekly on Saturday mornings. He is also producer and host of a three part series exploring innovation for sustainability in business sponsored by United Technologies.
Philippe collaborates frequently with his wife Ashlan. In 2016 they co-hosted Nuclear Sharks, the #1 show for Discovery's Shark Week. In 2015 they co-hosted a three-part series with Takepart.com, exploring tiger and rhino conservation in Nepal called Treasures of the Terai.
Their new series for The Travel Channel, Caribbean Pirate Treasure, will premier in August of 2017. It follows the Cousteau's as they travel around the Caribbean exploring the rich and colorful mysteries and histories of pirates, explorers and adventurers.
As an author, Philippe latest children’s book, Follow the Moon Home has been chosen for the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List. In addition, he has co-written two award-winning books, Going Blue and Make a Splash, both of which have won multiple awards, including Learning Magazine’s 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family, a Gold Nautilus Award, and a 2010 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award.
His conservation efforts are focused on solving global social and environmental problems. In 2004 he founded EarthEcho International, a leading environmental education organization dedicated to inspiring youth to act now for a sustainable planet. With a over ten years in operation, EarthEcho has established itself as a leading youth environmental education organization.
Philippe is also a successful social entrepreneur who believes in the power of commerce to do good. From 2012-2017 he partnered with AdvisorShares Investments to launch the impact investment Global Echo Exchange Traded Fund on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:GIVE). A percentage of the fund’s management fees supported philanthropic projects around the world including the Panzi Hospital in Eastern Congo an award winning hospital focused on the treatment and empowerment of women.
Philippe is a sought after speaker having hosted and keynoted various events for the United Nations, Harvard University, USC, the Society of Environmental Journalists and many more. He has testified before Congress and most recently presented at TEDx Pennsylvania Ave.
Philippe and his wife, fellow adventurer and TV host Ashlan Gorse-Cousteau, reside in Los Angeles, California with their Husky Kenai.