Erika Najarian’s real surname is ‘Penala,’ thereby she is not related to Pete Najarian

While Pete Najarian is already an established personality for his multifaceted career, Erika Najarian is emerging for her powerful role in America's finance sector.


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Since UBS managing director Erika Najarian and TV personality Pete Najarian share the same surname, people often get misguided and speculate if they are related, but it’s no more than a fallacy.

Erika was ‘Erika Penala’ before her marriage, and she took the surname ‘Najarian’ after she married her beloved husband, Ed Najarian, the former Senior Managing Director of ISI group.

On her Instagram bio, Erika proudly stated, ‘Lucky wife to Ed Najarian.’ The couple has been happily married since October 5, 2013.

Meanwhile, a question might pop up: Erika may be related to Pete from her in-laws’ side.

But, for your information, her husband, Ed, also has no connection with Pete Najarian. They have the same surname by chance, nothing else.

Peeking at the family tree of Erika Najarian and Pete Najarian, showcasing they are unrelated

Besides her husband, Erika has yet to discuss her family background in the public sphere. But looking at her original surname, ‘Penala,’ her parents appear to be Spanish.

On the other hand, Pete Najarian has Armenian ancestry since his grandparents were originally from Armenia.

Further, his father was a famous American transplant surgeon, John Najarian. John was born in Oakland and grew up there. So he was Californian. Later, he married his wife Mignette and welcomed Pete and three other sons, Jon, David, and Paul Najarian.

Moreover, in Pete’s family, he has his wife, Lisa Najarian, the founder of Twin Cities Lyme Foundation, a daughter named Alexis Nicole Najarian, and a son, Kole.

Well, none of Pete’s family tree displayed a connection with Ed or his wife, Erika Najarian. It is evident that they are not even distant relatives.

Additional Information

  • Pete Najarian is a former football player who gained limelight by working as a contributor for the CNBC show Fast Money.
  • Erika Najarian is a managing director and Equity research analyst at New York-based Union Bank of Switzerland.
  • Erika has also been working as a young global leader at the World Economic Forum since March 2019.
Anuja Uprety
Anuja Uprety
Anuja Uprety is a content writer with almost two years of experience in the field. She is a passionate researcher and likes to use the skill to explore Hollywood trend. From hopping to the gossip train, to writing about the biggest scandals and exposes of Hollywood, Anuja can do it all. In her free time, she is immersed in books about dystopian realities and fairytales. Now, that explains the writing talent she got!


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