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33. Erin Burnett
Erin Burnett
Anchor, CNBC
Age: 33
Marital status: Single
Highest Education: Bachelor's degree

CNBC's feisty "Street Sweetie" is a household name among Wall Street watchers and a rising star at the cable network. During Wall Street's meltdown last fall, ratings for her Street Signs hit a record high as CNBC surged.

Now she's moving to deliver market news to more than just day traders: She explains the economic crisis on Meet the Press and guest-hosted NBC's Today in June.

Burnett, who started out as an analyst for Goldman Sachs, is staying in cable for now: CNBC has locked her up through 2011.

Power of persuasion: She got her break in TV after writing a "stalker letter" to then-CNN anchor Willow Bay.

NEXT: Ralph Gilles

Last updated March 26 2010: 10:26 AM ET
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