Melissa Lee is a CNBC news anchor and reporter best known for hosting America’s popular post-market show, Fast Money. The New York native joined the pay-TV business news channel in 2004 and has been a major contributor to its real-time financial market coverage.
Melissa is also known for hosting Money in Motion: Currency Trading where she invites some best-known investors who are skilled in forex trading to educate and give people strategies of the business. Having been in the broadcasting business for over a decade, Melissa’s hard work and dedication to her job have seen her work with several other notable broadcast media like CNN Financial News and Bloomberg. Get to know more about the Chinese-American Journalist.
Melissa Lee – Biography
Born on November 4, 1974, in Great Neck, New York, Melissa Lee holds an American nationality and her ethnicity is Asian. Her grandparents immigrated to New York from China but her parents are both American-born. Not much is known about her childhood years but she disclosed that although she longed to walk in her father’s footsteps, her love for journalism increased immensely after watching the American-Chinese broadcaster, Kaity Tong. She later chose her as a role model as she looked forward to pursuing a career in journalism when she grows older.
There are no reports about her siblings but she grew up with much love and support from her family members with her mother being a fashion designer and her father a graduate of Columbia University. After high school, she proceeded to Harvard University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Government.
Melissa took up her professional career after college years. Her first work as a journalist was for a local newspaper, The Great Neck Record where she was a reporter. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant at Mercer Management Consultants and while studying, she worked with the Harvard Crimson as an Assistant Managing Editor.
Melissa Lee’s first appearance on television was when she joined Bloomberg television and while doing that, she was also involved with another cable network, the CNN Financial News. Her success in these channels earned her a job with the business news channel, CNBC in 2004. Melissa has since then been actively involved in the cable channel’s business news. In 2008, she was known for hosting Made in China: People’s Republic of Profit a documentary that covers various challenges faced by China in the business world as well as the opportunities that exist for U.S businesses. She also became popular for her report on The $50M Con which exposed a college student who ran a fake hedge fund and was later caught by the FBI.
Other TV programs she hosted include Coca-Cola: The Real Story Behind the Real Thing, Porn: The business of Pleasure, Rise of the Machines, Code Wars: America’s Cyber Threat and Closing Bells. She, however, became more popular for hosting one of America’s most-watched financial stock trading talk show, Fast Money. The show which currently airs on the cable network every Monday to Thursday, 5PM-6PM ET; Friday, 5PM-5: 30 PM ET, first aired on the channel on the 21st of June 2006.
Salary and Net Worth
With over a decade-long experience as a broadcaster. Melissa Lee has for sure achieved a lot for herself in terms of fame and financial balance. The journalist is a recipient of the 2010 Gracie Award for Outstanding Host-News. She also was recognized for her role in “The $50M Con report on the student-turned scammer who was caught by the American Law Enforcement Agency. Additionally, Melissa was among those nominated for the 2009 Emmy award in Business News and for the CNBC special report Is Your Money Safe? The Fall of Lehman Brothers, which she co-anchored. Her annual salary is estimated at $500,000 while her net worth stands around $5 million.
Melissa Lee’s Husband and Personal Details of the CNBC Anchor
Prior to 2017, Melissa Lee was single although she may have been dating her now husband, Benjamin Kallo, the two became husband and wife after tying the knot on August 18, 2017, in New York City. Benjamine works as a senior research analyst in Robert W. Baird and although little is known about him as they have not been seen together in the public, he is a frequent follower of the CNBC on various social media platforms. After their secret wedding, the couple went on an exotic jungle safari honeymoon.
Previously, Ben Kallo worked for three years (2003-299-2006) as a financial advisor. He later moved to companies like Stanford Group Company and Pacific Growth Equities where he was a Vice President and a research associate, respectively. Melissa Lee and her husband are yet to welcome any child. The Asian-American journalist has a height measurement of 5 ft. and 8 inches with a moderately slim body. Her weight is 57kg (125lbs) while her bust, waist and hip measurement is 32,26,33, respectively.