Today, Maria Bartiromo lives not far from her wedding to her long-time friend Jonathan Steinberg in the village of Quogue. Bartiromo, who hosts her daily morning show on Fox Business News and two weekly Fox shows (Sunday Morning Futures and Maria Bartiromos Wall Street), starts her day at 3:30 p.m. and usually sleeps at 8:30 p.m. when social events or travel requires special planning.
Your Hamptons break is a bike ride or a four mile walk on the beach. Bartiromo occasionally enjoys a good margarita with a good quality tequila.
A graduate of NYU with a major in journalism, she completed her first two years of college at the CW Post / LIU. She recalls how members of Post’s business school made a huge impact on their careers, encouraging them to study economics, finance, and business administration.
Starting out as an in-house production assistant at CNN Business in 1989, Bartiromo had a front row seat and was involved in developing cable television business news. “When I got there, I learned how to tell a story as it actually happens. CNN was full coverage that broke all the rules … don’t wait to cover at 6:30 PM. That experience did me very well when I became the first reporter (for CNBC) to broadcast from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in 1993. I was able to watch the stock market as it moved. I am proud to be a major participant in cable news. It has taken market share from the ‘big programs’. “
After 10 years as a reporter / anchor at CNBC. Bartiromo signed with Fox Business News in 2013. “One of the reasons I left CNBC for Fox Network (now celebrating its 25th anniversary) was because the wind was changing … viewers didn’t want knee-jerk reactions that were constantly focused on the stock.” Market would do . CEOs told me, ‘We don’t want short term thinking, we want long term thinking.’ CNBC wanted to keep focusing on the trading desk, more numbers, more data. Fox Business seeks to help individuals and families with long-term financial information about their entire life – be it buying a home, a mortgage, a car, or anything that affects a broad mass of people economically. “
After interviews with many top CEOs and US presidents, Bartiromo remains surprised to see rock star Prince (at the height of his career) showing up at the CNBC studios in New Jersey for a guest appearance with her.
What qualities attract Bartiromo when interviewing a guest? “When a CEO tries to avoid answering a question. My audience is very smart and knows when my guest is trying to evade a question and just sticks to their topics of conversation. I am determined. If you don’t answer a question, I’ll keep asking. “
The many publications she regularly reviews, such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, The New York Times, Fortune – and Dan’s Papers – are all read online, not in print. The current book she’s reading is The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower by Michael Pillsbury.
Bartiromo worked in her family’s business, the popular Rex Manor in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood, during her childhood. “As a cloakroom girl I learned to deal with people, to take care of their belongings, to always be friendly… I am grateful because it taught me so much to be in a service company. I would recommend it to every young person as part of their training. I still think about watching my dad in his headscarf as he cooked over a hot stove all day in our restaurant, under pressure to prepare dinner. My parents taught me their work ethic: if you want your own money, you have to work for it. Young people don’t learn the value of a dollar in school, it starts at home. “