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Happy Birthday To Mount Vernon’s Wayne Allyn Root

Wayne Allyn Root turns 53 on Sunday.
Wayne Allyn Root turns 53 on Sunday. Photo Credit:

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Mount Vernon’s Wayne Allyn Root!

Wayne Allyn Root, who was born in Mount Vernon, turns 53 on Sunday.

Root, a politician, entrepreneur, television and radio personality, TV producer, political commentator and national best-selling author, was born July 20, 1961.

Root's TV handicapping career began in New York City on WNBC radio (now WFAN) in the early 1980s. He moved onto NBC's Source Radio Network , syndicated around the country in more than 100 markets, as a sports talk host.

He later became one of the youngest anchormen and national TV hosts in America from 1989 through the early 1990s on Financial News Network, now known as CNBC.

Root is founder and chairman of Winning Edge International Inc. In the 2000s, he hosted Wayne Allyn Root's Winning Edge , a television show which promoted Root's sports handicapping operation.

Root was the creator, executive producer and co-host (along with HBO's Max Kellerman) of King of Vegas on Spike TV. Root is the author of several books, including The Zen of Gambling , The Joy of Failure! , The King of Vegas' Guide to Gambling , Millionaire Republican , and The Conscience of a Libertarian: Empowering the Citizen Revolution with God, Guns, Gold & Tax Cuts .

Root is a former paid spokesperson for, and board member of, Wealth Masters International, a global financial services and education company based in Houston, Texas.

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