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.

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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.

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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.


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