• Joe Kernen is an American journalist and news anchor, best known for co-hosting the CNBC show “Squawk Box”.
• He has a net worth of over $14 million, earned from his career as a stockbroker and sales of his book.
• He attended St. Xavier High School, University of Colorado, Boulder, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
• He has worked at Merill Lynch, Smith Barney, and EF Hutton, and is currently the co-host of CNBC's "Squawk Box".
• Joe is married to Penelope Scott and has two children, Blake and Scott. He co-authored a book with his daughter in 2011.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$14 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 6, 1956
SpousePenelope Scott
FactCNBC news anchor. Came to CNBC in the 1991 merger with the Financial News Network, having joined FNN after a 10-year career as a stockbroker.

Who is Joe Kernen?

Joseph Richard ‘Joe’ Kernen was born on 6 January 1956 under the birth sign of Capricorn in Cincinnati, Ohio USA. He is a journalist and news anchor, best known for co-hosting the CNBC show “Squawk Box”. He is also a former stockbroker.

How rich is he, as of now?

Joe Kernen’s net worth is over $14 million, earned from his when he worked as a stockbroker, plus from the sales of his book, co-authored with his daughter.

Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity, Education

Joe Kernen was raised in the Western Hills in his hometown of Cincinnati by his father, who worked as a medical practitioner, and his mother who was a nurse. He holds American nationality and is of white ethnicity.

Joe attended St. Xavier High School, and after matriculation in 1974, he enrolled into the University of Colorado, Boulder, from which he graduated with a BA degree in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

He continued his education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts and obtained his MA degree in Molecular Biology. While in there, he worked on Cancer Research and was mostly focused on mouse erythroleukemia cells, publishing various articles in such scientific journals, such as “Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology”, “CELL”, and “Developmental Biology”.

Joe Kernen

Career as a Stockbroker

Prior to becoming a successful journalist, Joe Kernen pursued a career as a stockbroker, active in the business industry for ten years. In the very beginning, he worked at Merill Lynch, but as time passed his ambitions grew – Joe was eventually promoted to the position of Vice- President at both Smith Barney and EF Hutton companies, and worked there until 1991, when he decided to change profession.

Career as a Journalist and Rise to Fame

Joe got a chance to work for Financial News Network (FNN) in 1991, after it was merged with the CNBC network. After four years of dedicated work in the positions of a stock editor on-air and financial news reader, he was promoted to the position of the co-host of the ultimate morning news and talk show program related to the most important stories about Wall Street, business and politics, entitled “Squawk Box”, next to Mark Haines.

Following Mark’s leaving in 2005, he worked with Carl Quintanilla and Rebecca Quick until 2011, when he was joined by Becky Quick and Andrew Ross Sorkin.


In 2012, Joe started a campaign called “Rise Above” at CNBC due to the fiscal cliff crisis, to put pressure on Congress to cut down disbursements.

In the following year, he caused a scandal after imitating an Indian accent, and asking if Indian currency was accepted at 7-Eleven, a Japanese-American international chain of convenience stores. Over the next period, he continued to shock the public after asking the chief executive of IDA Ireland, Martin Shanahan why they had euros in Ireland and saying that he believed Ireland was the part of the UK. In February of 2014, he even compared climate change to witchcraft.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

  • Short light brown hair
  • Blue colored eyes
  • Height – 5ft 11ins (1.80m)
  • Weight – 199lbs (90kgs)
  • Body Measurements – Unknown

Personal Life: Wife Penelope Scott, Daughter, Book

Joe Kernen is apparently a happily married man. He met his future wife, Penelope Scott, a former commodities trader, after she joined the CNBC Network in 1996, and after two years of dating, the couple exchanged their wedding vows. They are blessed with two children, a daughter named Blake Kernen, and a son named Scott Kernen. Alongside his daughter, Joe even co-authored the book “Your Teacher Said What?!: Defending Our Kids from the Liberal Assault on Capitalism” in 2011.

General Info

Full NameJoe Kernen
Net Worth$14 million
Salary$14 million
Date Of BirthJanuary 6, 1956
ProfessionActor, Newscaster
EducationSt. Xavier High School, University of Colorado Boulder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


SpousePenelope Scott
ChildrenBlake Kernen


TV ShowsSquawk Box

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1Son of Joe Blake Kernen.
2Has a Scottish terrier named Scott (born March 15, 2002).
3His wife, Penelope Scott, was a commodities trader from Short Hills, New Jersey. They met when she joined CNBC in 1996 and were married in 1998 on a golf course.
4Grew up in the Western Hills of Cincinnati, graduating from St. Xavier High School in 1974. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a master's degree in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked on cancer research.
5Has a daughter, Blake Kernen, born in 2000.
6CNBC news anchor. Came to CNBC in the 1991 merger with the Financial News Network, having joined FNN after a 10-year career as a stockbroker.



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Archive Footage

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