|Name||Wayne Allyn Root|
Henderson, Nevada , United States
|| July 20, 1961
Sep 24, 2012 07:25pm
Jewish - Conservative - Libertarian - Pro-Euthanasia - Anti-Affirmative Action - Anti-Labor - Pro Embryonic Stem Cell Research - Pro Marijuana Legalization - Pro School Vouchers - Pro- gun - Pro-Bush Tax Cuts - Pro-Civil Unions - Pro-Social Security Privatization - Pro-Term Limits - Pro-Tort Reform - Married -
|Info||Wayne Allyn Root (b.July 20, 1961 in Mount Vernon, New York) is a business mogul, television celebrity, TV producer, best-selling author, professional sports handicapper, and aspiring politician based in Las Vegas, Nevada. |
Root is Founder and Chairman of Winning Edge International Inc., which is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the ticker symbol WNED. Since 2000, he has hosted Wayne Allyn Root's Winning Edge, a television infomercial which promotes Root's sports handicapping telemarketing operation. The infomercial aired during the 2006 season on Discovery Channel on Saturday mornings, and featured analysis by Root, former NFL and College Football coach Ron Meyer, Big Al McMordie, and Chet Coppock. It has been aired in the past on Fox Sports Net, Comcast Sports, Spike TV, and Superstation WGN.
Root was also Creator, Executive Producer and co-Host (along with HBO's Max Kellerman) of "King of Vegas" on Spike TV, which was won by Alan Borman. King of Vegas attracted over one million viewers in one episode. His TV production company "Cool Hand Root" is based in Las Vegas.
Root was awarded a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars on August 15, 2006- joining Wayne Newton, Sammy Davis Jr., Liberace, and Siegfried & Roy among other Vegas legends.
Root's TV handicapping career began in New York City onWNBC radio (now WFAN) in the early 1980s. He moved onto NBC "Source Radio Network" syndicated around the country in over 100 markets as a sports talk host. He later became one of the youngest anchormen and national TV hosts in America from 1989 thru the early '90's on Financial News Network (FNN) now known as CNBC. Root hosted 5 shows on FNN- including "Who Beat The Spread" and "FNN Zone" with Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder (of CBS "NFL Today" fame). Root has also appeared on hundreds of TV and radio talk shows.
Root is also the author of several books, including The Zen of Gambling , The Joy of Failure!, "The King of Vegas' Guide to Gambling", and Millionaire Republican- the latter a #1 Personal Finance Best-Seller at Amazon.com .
Root has been profiled or featured by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Equities, Millionaire, The Robb Report, NY Times and many other media.
As part of his sports handicapping business, Root acquired the assets of the defunct Predict-It Inc. (PRIT) which ceased operations in 2000. Predict It was a company which had planned to operate a business where regular people would contribute sports selections to the site, which would in-turn sell those selections to other people. As part of the business, Predict It acquired a rather vague patent on the idea of a marketplace for sports selections, which was included in the company assets. This patent was the apparent motivation for Root to acquire the assets. Thus, Root has set upon suing rival sports handicapping companies for patent infringment.
Although a longtime staunch Republican who has been a big contributor to Republican candidates throughout the country, he has often been described as a Libertarian Republican. On May 4, 2007, he declared his candidacy for the Libertarian Party's 2008 presidential nomination. . He is also currently writing a new book on his libertarian views, with the working title The Conscience of a Libertarian. 
Root is married to a former Miss Oklahoma, Debra Root for 16 years- with 3 children- Dakota, Hudson and Remington Reagan. Root graduated Valedictorian from his high school, then attended Columbia University as a Political Science major (graduating in 1983 in the same class as Barack Obama.)