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The Dirty Dozen: The 12 Hottest Female Anchors on Business Television

By / 10.28.09

If you spend your entire day like we do, keeping one eye on a sea of computer screens awash in green and red numbers and charts, and the other on a TV tuned to CNBC (and occasionally Bloomberg and even more occasionally Fox Business), you come to truly appreciate the business networks' beautiful — and incredibly smart and knowledgeable — women anchors. Here are our 12 favorites:

Maria Bartiromo

Bartiromo is one of the original female business news anchors. As a result of he rise to prominence she earned the nickname “Money Honey.” She hosts “Closing Bell” on CNBC every day, which airs from 3 to 5 p.m., though she'll frequently pop on at other times with high-profile interviews. Bartiromo allegedly had an affair with Todd Thomson, the former head of Citigroup's Wealth Management division. On one trip home from China, Thompson ran into Bartiromo and made the other Citigroup employees fly home commercial while he took the company's private jet with Bartiromo. Allegedly.

 

Erin Burnett

Burnett started her career at Goldman Sachs and then worked at a number of different Wall Street firms until she eventually ended up at CNBC. Our opinion is that CNBC brought in the young and spicy Burnett to replace the aging Bartiromo. Ever since joining CNBC, Burnett has seen her airtime increase while Bartiromo's has decreased. She anchors CNBC's “Street Signs” which airs daily from 9 to 11 a.m. and is also the host of the 2 p.m. “Squawk on The Street.” [Editor AG's Note: I'd marry Erin Burnett tomorrow, if only all of Wall Street wasn't madly in love with her, too.]

Trish Regan

Just like her colleague Burnett she started her career at Goldman Sachs and then hedge fund D.E. Shaw before landing at CNBC. Regan may well be the most well-rounded chick in the biz — and not just because she's currently preggers. Prior to graduating c*m laude from Columbia, Regan was Miss New Hampshire. She hosts CNBC's “The Call” weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon, but most of her work is done in special reporting. Her most famous work was a special she hosted entitled “Marijuana Inc.,” which took an in-depth look at the underground marijuana industry in the states. Brains, beauty, and a pot special make Regan our top pick.

Melissa Francis

Francis started her career at a very young age as an actor. She appeared in a number of commercials as a young child but her most famous role was as Cassandra Cooper Ingalls in “Little House on the Prairie.” She currently co-anchors CNBC's “The Call,” airing weekdays from 11 a.m. to noon. She's basically like a utility player for CNBC — not big enough to hold down her own show but can fill in where needed.

Becky Quick

Started her career working at the Wall Street Journal before joining CNBC in 2001. Quick is co-anchor of CNBC's “Squawk Box,” which airs weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. and is also a fill in on other programs. Quick is married to the producer of the show she hosts, “Squawk Box” which is why we think she's more looks than brains. That said, she has also managed to forge one of the most exclusive reporter-subject relationships we've ever seen — with billionaire Warren Buffett, no less. You will almost never see an interview with the Oracle of Omaha without Quick asking the questions.

Amanda Drury

Drury is one of CNBC's hidden gems; she anchors two programs: “Squawk Box” and “Cash Flow” for CNBC Asia. While mainly appearing on CNBC Asia she occasionally fills in for anchors in the U.S. A mini controversy occurred this summer when Drury appeared on air exposing more cleavage than her American colleagues. We were huge fans of this but apparently her producers were not. While it hasn't been confirmed, supposedly CNBC producers unfortunately asked her to cover up a bit. While she hasn't been on air in the States recently, we hope to see her again very soon.

Julia Boorstin

Boorstin is another one of CNBC's lesser-know hotties. She is a Princeton graduate and wrote for Fortune magazine before joining CNBC. Unfortunately she doesn't host a show on the network but instead is a general assignment reporter as well as CNBC's media and entertainment reporter. She reports all over the world from various media and entertainment-related events and occasionally makes appearances in the studio. Just like Drury, she's another reporter in the CNBC arsenal that we would like to see a lot more of.

Melissa Lee

Lee started her career at Bloomberg Television and CNN Financial News before joining CNBC in 2004. She is now the host of CNBC's popular show, “Fast Money,” which airs weekdays at 5 p.m. She is also used to fill in where needed and recently reported on and hosted a one-hour doc*mentary about the growth of China.

Rebecca Jarvis

Jarvis got her lucky break in a more unconventional way than the other members of this list. After working as an investment banker and a trader, she auditioned for “The Apprentice” and won a spot. Jarvis was one of two, finalists but was eliminated in the final episode. She was hired by CNBC shortly thereafter, where she worked as a general assignments reporter. It was just announced on October 21, 2009, however, that she wil be leaving the network. While no official plans have been announced, it is widely believed Jarvis is headed to CBS. At the age of 27, she is the youngest member on the list, so look to be seeing her for some time to come.

Alexis Glick

Glick is a Columbia grad who started her career working as an analyst for Goldman Sachs and had a number of other jobs in the financial industry. Her most notable achievement was when she was an executive director and headed the New York Stock Exchange Floor Operations for Morgan Stanley. She then worked for CNBC before joining rival network Fox, where she is currently the Vice President of Business News as well as the anchor of “The Opening Bell” weekdays 9 to 10 a.m. She is also a mother of three and, to be honest, she kind of scares us; on the flip side, she would make a great sugar mama.

Jenna Lee

Lee is a gorgeous West Coast blonde. She graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she played softball. She started her career at Fortune working as a reporter and segment producer before joining Fox. She was one of the original anchors to go on air when Fox Business was launched in October of 2007. Her father was an NFL quarterback and her brother is currently the starting quarterback for the University of Nebraska. While she doesn't currently host a show on Fox she appears on the network every day giving new breaks and updates on stories. It is also rumored that she will appear in the much-anticipated movie sequel “Wall Street 2.”

Liz Claman

Claman is Fox's answer to CNBC's Maria Bartiromo; she has established herself as one of the most accomplished fema;e reporters in the industry. She got started in the business working for a number of smaller local TV stations. She finally got her big break in 1998, when she began working for CNBC. During her time at CNBC she hosted a number of shows and worked on various stories, earning the nickname “The Red Fox.” Sensing there was only room for one silver fox at CNBC — and with the network leaning towards “The Money Honey” — Claman left in 2007 and signed with FOX.

 

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