Carol Roth (born 1973) is an American radio host, television personality, bestselling author and investor. She was the host of WGN Radio's The Noon Show, and author of the New York Times bestseller book, The Entrepreneur Equation. Roth appears weekly on national cable television networks including Fox Business, CNBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC. As a self-styled "recovering" investment banker, she has completed more than $2 billion in capital raising, mergers & acquisitions and related transactions and invests in private companies.
Roth was born in the northern suburbs of Chicago, Illinois and attended Deerfield High School. Her father Bernie is a retired union electrician. Her parents divorced while she was in high school and her mother Sheri died from leukemia in 1998, as did her step-mother from lung cancer in 2004. She attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated magna cum laude in 1995.
Roth is an advocate for entrepreneurship and small business. She was named a Top 100 Small Business Influencer by Small Biz Trends in 2011 and again in 2012. A number of her television segments and writings are related to small business and she was the event moderator for the New York Times Small Business Summit in 2012.
Roth joined San Francisco based investment bank Montgomery Securities in 1995 as a financial analyst and member of the consumer corporate finance team. She became an officer of the firm by age 25.
Roth released her first book, The Entrepreneur Equation, in 2010. The book, which was listed on The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller lists, won an Axiom Gold Medal Business book award. Reviewers particularly focused on the book's direct tone and highlight Roth's "reality checks" for readers. Initially, there was a controversy with buyers over the book's cover, which featured a picture of her, but she insisted on keeping it.
An action figure of Roth was created as a marketing prop to coincide with the release of The Entrepreneur Equation.
Roth has been actively appearing on television since 2010. She has been featured as a guest on a variety of national cable news networks, and has recurring roles on Fox Business' Varney&Co where she often appears as a second-hour co-host, CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, CNBC’s Closing Bell, MSNBC's Your Business, Fox News’ America Live with Megyn Kelly, Fox Business’ The Tom Sullivan Show and Fox Business’ The Willis Report. Her coverage of business, economic, political, and current events included discussion panel appearances during the United States 2012 elections.
Roth also appeared in the online series BOOKD, where she analyzed Michael Lewis' The Big Short alongside Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes, investor Peter Schiff and others.
Roth hosted "The Noon Show on WGN Radio from January to June 2013. Previously, she co-hosted episodes of American Entrepreneur Radio with Suzanne Caplan, focused on entrepreneurship and business.
Roth has written for a number of online publications, including a featured blog called "Make Your Pitch" at The New York Times and a blog at the Huffington Post where she covers Business, Political, and Women's Issue postings. In 2011, Roth authored Sober Entrepreneurship, a manifesto which was published through Change This. She wrote an article for CNBC.com proposing the legalization of insider trading.
Roth lives with her husband in Chicago and is a Chicago Bears and NFL Football fan.