Richard Quest‘s Biography
Richard Quest is CNN’s foremost international business correspondent and presenter of Quest Means Business, the definitive word on how we earn and spend our money. Based in New York, he is one of the most instantly recognizable members of the CNN team.
Quest Means Business destroys the myth that business is boring, bridging the gap between hard economics and entertaining television. CEOs and global finance ministers make a point of appearing on Quest Means Business. Guests of the show have included world leaders such as David Cameron and Petr Necas of the Czech Republic; the biggest names in banking such as Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan Chase and Robert Zoellick, the former President of the World Bank; European policy makers including IMF boss Christine Lagarde, EC President Jose Manuel Barroso, and former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn; and some of the most influential names in corporate America including DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and former Ford CEO Alan Mulally.
Quest’s dynamic and distinctive style has made him a unique figure in the field of business broadcasting. He has regularly reported from the G20 meetings and attends the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland each year. He has covered every major stock market and financial crisis since Black Monday in 1987 and has reported from key financial centres globally including Wall Street, London, Sao Paulo, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
He is also the established airline and aviation correspondent at CNN. He has interviewed all of the major airline executives including Delta CEO Richard Anderson, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes and Emirates CEO Tim Clark. He also presents the monthly CNN Business Traveller show, the definitive authority on making the most of doing business on the road – moving from A to B on company time. As a business travel specialist he has become a voice of authority on subjects like the launch of the Airbus A380.
In 2012 Quest covered the US Election campaign with his own series, American Quest, in which he travelled across the country interviewing a diverse range of voters.
Quest is also the face of CNN’s coverage of major UK events. In 2012 he guided an international audience through the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations live from the banks of the River Thames and used his expert knowledge of the British Royal Family to front the channel’s coverage of the 2011 marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
His coverage of breaking news which has spanned two decades, has seen him report on a range of stories from the death of Yasser Arafat, the Lockerbie Pan AM 103 crash to the death of Michael Jackson. Prior to joining CNN he worked at the BBC where he was the North American business correspondent based on Wall Street for 12 years. Richard is British holds a LLB (Hons) degree in Law from Leeds University and was called to the Bar.
He is a brilliant speaker on business and management issues, full of energy, humour and insights as well as a world class facilitator.
“Richard was an absolute delight to work with from soup to nuts. His engagement from the pre-planning calls to the post-conference wrap-up is noticeably different because he is adamant about understanding your point of view and ensuring he delivered against it. His delivery combines entertainment with information—it’s not every day you get a speaker in a suit moving chairs around onstage to mimic the discomforts of airplane cabins and chuckling all the way through it. Truly a pleasure to work with and he made understanding complicated issues like airline connectivity and capacity, digestible and easy to follow. I highly recommend Richard and not only will you be more than pleased with the deliverable, but also the process getting there.”
Rebecca C. Shafer | Senior Director
U.S. Travel Association