Wall Street Watchdog
With a take-no-prisoners attitude and an eye to protecting the common investor’s interest, Charles Gasparino of FOX Business Network is the financial reporter who makes people listen
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Gasparino and his spouse of 13 years (though they have been together longer), Virginia Juliano, a vice president at the Showtime Networks, live in Stuyvesant Town on Manhattan’s East Side; they also have that house in Connecticut. They have no children.
He wakes up at about 7 a.m. and begins his workday at home. He’ll go to the gym or run, and later it’s to the office. He arrives at the studio for his one o’clock appearance, and for another at three. “I can be here until seven or eight o’clock, writing a story. Last night the Knight Capital story came in late, and I did it then. My days are pretty full.” He has very little use for spare time, he says, or for resting and relaxing.
He wants to make it clear that despite any personal political leanings, as a reporter he is without fear or favor, toward Democrat, Republican or whatever. “I cover this like I would cover baseball,” he says. “The story really matters for me.”
Obviously, he adds, “I’ve got an opinion.” But for him, just as for other top business reporters, “We all, when it comes to reporting, we all do the same thing. We want a story. And we see stories as vehicles for informing people about business.” And when that business is Wall Street, he says, it’s “all about explaining to an average person an institution that is somewhat corrupt.”
Or, to put it another way, as he has put it earlier in the interview, it can sometimes involve getting “to the heart of just how Wall Street tries to fuck people.”
Mervyn Rothstein is a frequent contributor to Cigar Aficionado.