Richard Quest is host of 'Quest Means Business' and one of the most instantly recognisable members of the CNN team; covering an extensive range of breaking news and business stories, as well as feature programming, he has become one of the network’s highest profile presenters. Quest is firmly established as an expert on business travel issues and currently works as a CNN anchor and correspondent. His other regular programme is ‘CNN Business Traveller.’
Quest’s dynamic and distinctive style has made him a unique figure in the field of business and news broadcasting. During his time at CNN he has reported on many of the major news events of recent years. His coverage of breaking news, which has spanned over two decades, has seen him report on a range of stories from the Iraq War, the death of Yasser Arafat and the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 crash.
As a business travel specialist, Quest has become a voice of authority on subjects like the launch of the Airbus A380; as a news correspondent he travelled across the US to gauge public feeling in the build up to the 2004 presidential election. He anchored CNN’s coverage of the funeral of Pope John Paul II, live from Rome. Quest attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, every year, and in this, as with every case, he lends an incredible wealth of modern business knowledge to the coverage, coupled with his inimitable reporting style.
Quest has also built up an almost unparalleled reputation in the broadcasting business having been reporting on the international financial markets for the last 20 years, working in both television and radio.
Prior to joining CNN he worked with the BBC, where his career in journalism began, first as a news trainee and then presenting a range of programmes across their output. His work was mainly focused on business journalism, and he became a part of the Corporation’s Financial Unit in 1987. Later he was appointed to be North America Business Correspondent, based on Wall Street, covering the major financial stories of the 1990s.
Quest is British, holds an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from Leeds University, and was called to the Bar.