Melissa Lee Biography and CNBC
Melissa Lee is an Asian-American reporter and news anchor currently working for CNBC. She also hosted Closing Bell and Options Action. Presently, she hosts CNBC’s 5 pm ET daily show Fast Money and Money in Motion: Currency Trading.
Melissa Lee is the host of CNBC’s Fast Money, which originates from the Nasdaq’s MarketSite studio in New York’s Times Square. “Fast Money” gives you the information normally reserved for the Wall Street trading floor, enabling you to make decisions that can make you money. She is also the host of Options Action, a weekly half-hour program that explains the advantages of options trading. Previously, Lee was co-anchor of CNBC’s Squawk on the Street and host of Money in Motion Currency Trading.
In 2008, Lee reported and anchored a one-hour documentary, Made in China: The people’s Republic of Profit, from Beijing and Shanghai. She reported extensively for the network on China from the country’s growth to its challenges to the opportunities for U.S. businesses.
Lee received a 2010 Gracie Award for Outstanding Host-News and a Gerald Loeb Award nomination in 2009 for a CNBC Special Report: Is Your Money Safe? The Fall of Lehman Brothers, for which she co-anchored. Lee also has been nominated for two Emmy awards in Business News. In 2007, she was recognized for her report, The $50M Con, about a college student-turned-scammer who ran a fake hedge fund and was ultimately caught by the FBI.
In 2003, she was nominated for her reporting on the proxy voting of mutual funds. Prior to joining CNBC in 2004, Lee worked for Bloomberg Television and CNN Financial News. Before her career in television, Lee was a consultant at Mercer Management Consulting. Her cases focused on the banking and credit card sectors.
Melissa Lee’s Age and Birthday
Melissa is 48 years old as of 2022, she was born on November 4, 1974, in Great Neck, New York. She celebrates her November 4. Her zodiac sign is Scorpio.
Melissa Lee Height
Melissa stands at an average height of 5 feet 8 inches (1.72m) with a moderate weight.
Melissa Lee’s Parents and Family
Her grandfather immigrated from rural China to Buffalo, New York in the United States, along with his wife and children. Lee’s father graduated from Columbia University and then moved to Great Neck, New York. Lee grew up idolizing New York news anchor Kaity Tong, who inspired Lee to become a reporter. Lee started her professional journalism career as a reporter for her hometown newspaper, the Great Neck Record.
Melissa Lee Education
Melissa graduated with honors from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in Government in 1995. She also served as Assistant Managing Editor of the Harvard Crimson.
Melissa Lee’s Husband and Married
Melissa Lee is married to her husband Ben Kallo. It’s unclear when Melissa and her husband, Ben Kallo, actually welcomed their son and daughter (whose names have not been released), but according to a baby registry on buybuyBABY.com, the twins’ due date was Dec. 28. It’s unclear when Melissa and her husband, Ben Kallo, actually welcomed their son and daughter (whose names have not been released), but according to a baby registry on buybuyBABY.com, the twins’ due date was Dec. 28.
Melissa Lee’s Salary and Net Worth
As a CNBC news reporter, Melissa earns an annual salary of $500,000. As of 2023, Lee is believed to have an estimated net worth of $5 million. She has accumulated good wealth from her successful career over the years.