Sunny Hostin

Managing Director of Business Intelligence & Investigations at Kroll, Inc. and CNN Commentator Asuncion (Sunny) Hostin



Ebony Magazine | April 2009 - Woe to the person who comes under the microscope of Asuncion (Sunny) Hostin.

Why? Because if you’re hiding something, she will find it.

Hostin, 40, of New York, is a manager with Kroll, Inc., a clandestine company often described as the private-sector CIA. She works with a team of former federal agents, former prosecutors and investigators and even former journalists who together will research or investigate just about anything.

Her clients are very big spenders and include major record labels searching for the person who illegally uploads valuable music; Fortune 500 companies researching the potential unsavory habits of members of their board of directors; and high-profile celebrities trying to shake of dangerous groupies.

“I provide people with the information they need to know,” says Hostin, whoonce worked as a federal prosecutor in Washington, D.C. and uses those same skills to lead private investigations. “I also help people solve their problems.”

Hostin won’t divulge specific on her cases, since Kroll if often sworn to secrecy. But she will talk about one case that got away: the theft of a very expensive, very large pair of diamond earrings. Now she suspects that the person who perfected the heist chopped the earrings up into smaller diamonds, making them untraceable. But that’s all she’ll say about that. The other cases, she says, get neatly wrapped up – especially the on the involved a celebrity and a crazy stalker who lived in Japan.

The stalker was found and charged with a crime. For that investigation, Hostin had to travel to Japan to figure it all out.

“The people who hire us are corporations, stars, celebrities, politicians…,” says Hostin, who is currently writing a book on how regular people can deal with the police. “Banks come to us to help retrieve their laptops. It’s covert and clandestine, but it is all very legal.”

Average Salary: Six figures.

Preparation: Any job that requires you to be analytical and curious is good prep work. Investigative journalists, former FBI agents, lawyers and forensic accountants are examples of those who would do well as a Kroll investigator.

Education: For the above-mentioned careers, you would need a college degree. After that, you would need considerable experience.

Bonus: The big-ticket companies that come to Kroll also mean big-ticket bonuses, sometimes in the six figures.

Recession-Proof? Absolutely. Investigation companies often profit when the economy fails. For example, they are the ones who figure out just which executive at your company is skimming off the top of company profits. They also hunt down movie bootleggers.

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