Richard Quest is CNN’s foremost international business correspondent and anchor 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 also serves as CNN Business editor-at-large and often hosts the digital live financial show “Markets Now” live streamed from the floor of the NYSE Wednesdays at 12pm ET at CNNBusiness.com.
Additionally, Quest is the host of CNN International’s signature monthly feature program Quest’s World of Wonder, an immersive travel series that finds him exploring a new destination each month and meeting fascinating people who reveal the heart of that city.
Quest Means Business, which airs weekdays at 3pm ET / 8pm BST on CNN International, 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 QMB. Guests of the show include the biggest names in banking like Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase, former Federal Reserve Vice Chair Richard Clarida and Robert Zoellick, the former President of the World Bank; European policy makers including current and former IMF chiefs Kristalina Georgieva, Christine Lagarde and Dominique Strauss-Kahn as well as former EC President Jose Manuel Barroso, and some of the most influential names in corporate America including Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey and Hans Vestberg of Verizon.
As the Covid-19 pandemic impacted economies and businesses around the world, Quest regularly interviewed leaders across pharmaceutical, technology, aviation, travel and tourism industries including Moderna chairman Noubar Afeyan, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, former Operation Warp Speed chief adviser Moncef Slaoui, IMF’s chief economist Gita Gopinath and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky.
Quest’s dynamic and distinctive style has made him a unique figure in the field of business broadcasting. He has regularly reported from G20 meetings and attends the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland each year. Quest has covered every major stock market and financial crisis since Black Monday in 1987 and has reported from key financial centers globally including Wall Street, London, Sao Paolo, Tokyo and Hong Kong.
In addition, Quest is the established airline and aviation correspondent at CNN. He has interviewed all of the major airline executives including current Delta CEO Ed Bastian, former Delta CEO Richard Anderson, Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, United CEO Scott Kirby, AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes, Emirates CEO Tim Clark, Virgin Atlantic CEO Shai Weiss and Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. He has covered a number of breaking aviation stories like the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine, the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo crash and the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Quest is the author of ‘The Vanishing of Flight MH370: The True Story of the Hunt for the Missing Malaysian Plane,’ which details his unique perspective on covering MH370 for CNN.
Quest is also the face of CNN’s coverage of major UK events. He led CNN’s coverage of the ‘Brexit’ vote in 2016, and has continued to report on the impact the historic vote is making on markets, economies and businesses. He used his expert knowledge of the British Royal Family to front the channel’s coverage of the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II; the 2018 marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle; the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 live from the banks of the River Thames; and the 2011 marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
His coverage of breaking news, which has spanned more than three decades, has seen him report on a range of stories from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the death of Yasser Arafat, the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 crash to the death of Michael Jackson. Quest is more than just business; there are few journalists who have had guests as varied, from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama to actress Joan Collins to founder of Playboy Magazine, Hugh Hefner.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) awarded Quest the 2013 UNWTO Award for Lifetime Achievement in recognition of his work as a business journalist reporting on the tourism industry.
Prior to joining CNN, he worked at the BBC, where he was the North America business correspondent, based on Wall Street for 12 years.
Quest is British, holds an LLB (Hons) degree in Law from Leeds University, and was called to the Bar.