By Suzanne McGee | November 3, 2015 | People
Native New Yorker Maria Bartiromo talks about her wildest day on the street, how the city can remain the world’s financial capital, and why she can’t wait to moderate this month’s Presidential debate.
Maria Bartiromo on the Fox Business Network set. She will moderate the Republican presidential primary debate for FBN on November 10.
Over the last two decades, Maria Bartiromo has become the face and voice of financial news. A pioneering broadcaster, she was the first to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. After many years of covering the swings of Wall Street and international markets for CNBC, where she was one of its highest-profile personalities, she joined the Fox Business Network as global markets editor. She currently anchors Mornings with Maria weekdays on FBN and Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo on Fox News. And on November 10, Bartiromo steps onto the national political stage when she moderates the Republican presidential candidates’ debate for Fox.
What’s your management style, in three words?
Accessible, hardworking—and I have high standards.
How have you adjusted your life to getting up at 3 am for your new Fox Business show?
I can confirm the city never sleeps! I’ve done those early hours at CNN Business, but I had 10 years without them. Still, it’s fantastic, because by 9 am I’ve interviewed 20 people, covered the news, and after meetings or working for my Sunday show, I’m free at 1 pm. It has cut into my social life, because I have to be in bed by 8:30.
What about the “Money Honey” moniker? Is it feminist enough?
It’s never bothered me; I always questioned why it bothered so many other people. I was just grateful to be noticed. I trademarked the phrase because one day I may use it to develop some financial literacy projects.
How has social media, such as Twitter, changed the way you approach your job?
On a practical level, I tweet during the show all the time, and I read the Twitter feed to be sure we’re covering what people are talking about.
For New York to remain the world’s financial capital, it must…
Pay attention to regulation and taxes. We can’t be too complacent. London wants to be that hub, and so do Singapore, Shanghai, and even Moscow. It’s a mad race. We want to be sure businesses have a reason to stay here.
The wildest day for you at the New York Stock Exchange…
September 11, 2001 [which also happened to be Bartiromo’s 34th birthday]. I was on the floor of the exchange and we saw the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Standing on the corner of Broadway and Wall Street, the sky was filling with smoke. I watched the second plane go into the other tower and ran for my life. None of us will ever forget that day.
What’s the craziest thing you ever saw on the stock exchange floor?
Dick Grasso [the former NYSE chairman] was such a showman. He wanted every opening bell to be an event. There was no shortage of exotica—especially exotic animals.
What do you like to invest in?
I own ETFs [exchange-traded funds]; that’s how I invest. My husband [Jonathan Steinberg] is CEO of WisdomTree Investments, an ETF firm. I find they have low fees, are transparent and tax-efficient. I don’t own any individual stocks, except those of the companies I’ve worked for, and I don’t do stock picking. I like real estate and cash; I’m a big saver.
You’ve said that you think having fellow New Yorker Donald Trump in the race for the Republican presidential nomination is a good thing?
I think he is making this election very exciting. Have we ever been this engaged more than a year before an election takes place? I like the way he says it the way it is. But he has to get much more specific.
Your biggest “whoops” moment on air was…
After too many hours, I start getting giddy. When someone made a joke on the morning show, I couldn’t stop laughing. I looked at my coanchor to plead for them to take over and stuck my head under my desk until I could control myself.
Your best mistake was…
As the stock girl at Kleinfeld’s wedding dress store in Brooklyn, I would try on the dresses, with the veil and all, in the dressing rooms, and my boss kept catching me. After the third time, she told me to go home because I wasn’t serious about my job. I learned a very valuable lesson early: Do your job. And I’ve been doing it ever since.
The last book you read?
The Last Lion by William Manchester. It gave me a good perspective on World War II and how tough and courageous Churchill and Roosevelt had to be.
What makes someone a true New Yorker?
When they live and breathe this great city. When they love to experience every bit of it, from walking and biking through the parks to enriching themselves in its cultural activities. When they savor it all.
If you became mayor of New York...
I’m a big proponent of financial literacy. I’d propose a law requiring a regular program to teach kids about how to manage their own money, so that they know they can’t keep spending, spending, spending.
PhotograPhy by gregg Delman. HAIR AND MAKEUP BY FOX BUSINESS NETWORK