Stuart Varney

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Stuart Varney
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Stuart Varney on the set of Varney & Co. in 2014
Born (1948-07-07) July 7, 1948 (age 70) [1]
Alma mater London School of Economics
OccupationTalk show host, commentator

Stuart Varney (born July 7, 1948) is a British-born American talk show host and conservative political commentator who works for Fox News and the Fox Business Network. Varney joined Fox News in January 2004 as a business contributor on many shows, such as Your World with Neil Cavuto .

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Varney was born in Derby, Derbyshire, England. After secondary school, Varney spent a year working in Nairobi, Kenya, before graduating from the London School of Economics. [2] After working as a reporter for Radio Hong Kong, he began his broadcast journalism career at KEMO-TV (now KOFY-TV) in San Francisco. [3] He was then recruited to join the Manhattan bureau of the newly formed 24-hour news network CNN, which launched on June 1, 1980. He hosted the CNN shows Business Day, Business Asia, [2] [3] and Moneyline with Willow Bay. In 2001, he left CNN [4] to host CNBC's "Wall Street Journal Editorial Board with Stuart Varney." [2]

Derby City and Unitary authority area in England

Derby is a city and unitary authority area in Derbyshire, England. It lies on the banks of the River Derwent in the south of Derbyshire, of which it was traditionally the county town. At the 2011 census, the population was 248,700. Derby gained city status in 1977.

Derbyshire ceremonial county in East Midlands, England

Derbyshire is a county in the East Midlands of England. A substantial portion of the Peak District National Park lies within Derbyshire, containing the southern extremity of the Pennine range of hills which extend into the north of the county. The county contains part of the National Forest, and borders on Greater Manchester to the northwest, West Yorkshire to the north, South Yorkshire to the northeast, Nottinghamshire to the east, Leicestershire to the southeast, Staffordshire to the west and southwest and Cheshire also to the west. Kinder Scout, at 636 metres (2,087 ft), is the highest point in the county, whilst Trent Meadows, where the River Trent leaves Derbyshire, is its lowest point at 27 metres (89 ft). The River Derwent is the county's longest river at 66 miles (106 km), and runs roughly north to south through the county. In 2003 the Ordnance Survey placed Church Flatts Farm at Coton in the Elms as the furthest point from the sea in Great Britain.

England Country in north-west Europe, part of the United Kingdom

England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Wales to the west and Scotland to the north. The Irish Sea lies west of England and the Celtic Sea to the southwest. England is separated from continental Europe by the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south. The country covers five-eighths of the island of Great Britain, which lies in the North Atlantic, and includes over 100 smaller islands, such as the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Wight.

He joined Fox News's business team in January 2004, and joined Fox Business Network as an anchor when the network launched in October 2007. [2]

Fox Business Network

Varney currently co-hosts Varney & Co. on the Fox Business Network, which airs from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. every weekday. The show is also co-hosted by Liz MacDonald and Ashley Webster. He is also a regular panel member on the Fox Business program Cashin' In .

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Varney has appeared on and guest-hosted "Your World with Neil Cavuto." Varney joined Fox News in 2004.

Prior to joining FNC, Varney served as the host of CNBC's "Wall Street Journal Editorial Board with Stuart Varney." Before that, he was a co-anchor of CNN's "Moneyline News Hour." Varney helped launch CNN's business news team in 1980 and hosted many of their financial programs including, "Your Money," "Business Day" and "Business Asia."

Notable commentaries

In an interview on 5 June 2013 on Fox News, Varney said "We hand down $79 billion dollars every January on these so-called poor people." "You’re not being mean to poor people?" host Gretchen Carlson asked Varney, who responded, "I am. I am being mean to poor people. Frankly I am." This exchange of words gained brief popularity when it was cited on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central, with journalists from The Washington Post reporting on his comments afterwards. [5] [6]

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On the July 19, 2011 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto, Varney attacked America's impoverished, citing a Heritage Foundation report on how the ownership of household appliances demonstrates how well-off America's poor really are. [7] [8] [9] [10] Varney concluded by saying, "The image we have of poor people as starving and living in squalor really is not accurate. Many of them have things; what they lack is the richness of spirit. That's my opinion."

In 2013 Varney generated controversy for his commentary on Pope Francis, who had criticized the wealth gap and denounced unfettered capitalism as a system which "rules rather than serves." [11] [12] Varney stated, "I go to church to save my soul. It’s got nothing to do with my vote. Pope Francis has linked the two. He has offered direct criticism of a specific political system. He has characterized, negatively, that system. I think he wants to influence my politics." [13] [14]

In a December 2018 interview, Republican congressman Louie Gohmert repeated a false conspiracy theory about George Soros that he "turned on fellow Jews and helped take the property that they owned." Varney did not address Gohmert's comments, moving the segment on. Varney later distanced himself from the remarks, calling them "unsubstantiated and false allegations". [15] [16] [17]

Personal life

Varney has lived in the United States since 1974. He lives in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, with his wife Deborah and their six children. [2]

On October 29, 2014, The New York Post reported that Varney was served with a divorce complaint by his wife of 21 years. The complaint alleges that Varney conducted a nine-year adulterous affair with a woman from Orlando, Florida. [18]

In November 2015, Varney became an American citizen. [19]

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