Four Questions for ‘Money Honey’ Maria Bartiromo

Maria Bartiromo has earned good ratings with her two new shows, the daily “Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo” on Fox Business Network and the live “Sunday Morning Futures” on Fox News Channel. Bartiromo, aka “The Money Honey,” burst onto the business-news scene 20 years ago on CNBC, making headlines as the first person to broadcast from the floor of the stock exchange.

When moving to Fox, what was the most important creative element you wanted?
I didn’t want to be in a soundbite situation. I was getting pressure all the time at CNBC to have four or five people at once in interviews for five minutes. I like longer interviews and one-on-ones. I think audiences have changed and don’t want “short-termism”; they want analysis and perspective. That was important to me.

You’re working six days a week. How do you recharge your batteries?
I work out a lot; I ride my bike when I come home. I’ll do 20 or 30 miles a couple of times a week. And I love yoga. It’s really important to separate yourself from work for at least one hour a day, to exercise and put your mind elsewhere.

You’ve copyrighted “Money Honey”; What was the goal?
Somebody came up with that nickname for me, I didn’t invent it. But I have been trying to start a company to teach kids about money. So I came up with the idea of doing something in the style of “Schoolhouse Rock.” We made two videos: “What is a stock?” and “What is an ATM machine?” It was perfect to use a character named Money Honey: I created a jar of honey with a smiley face. I took it to private equity firms and people liked it, they just didn’t want to give me money. So I’ve put it aside (for now).

How did you learn about money?
I grew up in a family that worked incredibly hard. My father worked behind a hot stove in a restaurant he owned, sweating with a bandana around his head. My mother, the same thing. All I ever have watched is my parents working hard and saving their money. That’s why I’m a good saver. Today, how many kids grow up without understanding the value of a dollar?

More TV

  • Brazilian President Jair Bolosnaro attends the

    Bolsonaro Threatens Brazil’s Central Film Fund with Censorship or Closure

    In typical shoot-from-the-hip remarks, Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro has declared that Ancine, Brazil’s powerful state-backed federal film agency, should accept “filters”or face closure. “If it can’t have a filter, we’ll close Ancine, or privatize it,” Bolsonaro added, attacking Ancine, which plows some $300 million a year into Brazil’s film and TV industries, for supporting [...]

  • Variety Cord Cutting Placeholder Cable

    CBS Stations Go Dark on AT&T's DirecTV, U-verse Platforms Amid Contract Battle

    CBS’ 28 O&O stations are going dark for about 6.6 million subscribers of AT&T’s DirecTV and U-verse platforms as the Eye and AT&T battle over a new retransmission consent contract. The blackout affects CBS and CW-affiliated stations in 14 major markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Also off the air are the CBS [...]

  • Orlando Bloom Comic Con Immigrant San

    Orlando Bloom Claims San Diego Mayor Ran From Comic-Con Exhibit Featuring Immigrant Characters

    Did an immigration storyline cause Republican San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to run out of Amazon Prime Video’s Comic-Con activation this week? According to “Carnival Row” star Orlando Bloom, that’s exactly what happened. At Amazon’s “Carnival Row” panel, Bloom told the audience that Faulconer stopped by the Prime Video activation and chose the “Carnival Row” [...]

  • 'Game of Thrones' Cast Calls Final

    'Game of Thrones' Cast Calls Final Season Backlash 'Media-Led Hate Campaign'

    What is life like now after “Game of Thrones?” That’s the question that fans have been asking themselves and that cast members had to answer at the show’s final Comic-Con panel. But first, Conleth Hill, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and several others cleared the air and addressed the perceived negative response to the final season. “I don’t [...]

  • SDCC Roundup: AMC Drops 'The Walking

    SDCC TV News Roundup: AMC Releases 'The Walking Dead' Season 10 Trailer (Watch)

    San Diego Comic-Con has become a hotbed of entertainment news in recent years, especially for the television industry. In today’s SDCC TV news roundup, AMC dropped a trailer for the 10th season of “The Walking Dead” and FX released a first look at “Mayans MC” Season 2. FIRST LOOKS AMC debuted the trailer for Season [...]

  • ARCHER: 1999 -- "Cubert" -- Season

    'Archer' Renewed for Season 11 at FXX

    “Archer” has been picked up for an eleventh season. The announcement was made Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. The news comes less than a week ahead of the Season 10 finale. Season 11 is slated to debut on FXX in 2020. While the show initially focused on the agents and support staff of a covert [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content