Born in the year 1953 on 12th January in Chicago situated in Illinois in the United States of America, Rick Santelli is known to spend the better half of his early days in Lombard which is situated in Illinois in the United States of America. There is no detail available on his early days or how his childhood days were spent. The particulars of his parents or whether he had any siblings or not is also not known.

He was enrolled as a student in the Willowbrook High School which is situated in Villa Park which is in Illinois in the United States of America. Following his graduation from the high school, he decided to complete his further education from the University of Illinois. The detail about his choice of major and his year of graduation is also not known. He is an American by nationality and belongs to Italian descent. There is no particular detail available about how he became interested in editing and being a reporter or what inspired him to choose the career path which he is following currently. It is not known whether he got this inspiration from his parents or some teacher or this inspiration started from his childhood days only. 

After deciding on which career path he wants to follow, he learned several aspects of business from RJ Abrams who was his employer at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange which he joined after passing out from the university. While working for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he learned many aspects of it ranging from customer relations to future trading. Along with working for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, he started working for the Chicago Board of Trade and within few years of working there, he was appointed as the Vice President of one of the sub-divisions of the company.

In the year 1999, he decided to join CNBC to pursue a career which has a more stable job and becomes a good source of income. He was appointed as the on-air editor of the network and he was given the responsibility of covering the stories of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. He is also a  contributor who works for the show Squawk on the Street which airs on CNBC. In the year 2009, he got himself involved in a controversy when he commented about some of the government plans and made a remark about the probability of a Chicago Tea Party which was later regarded by a large number of people as the start of the Tea Party movement.

Speaking about the personal aspect of his life, not much detail is available about it. His past relationships or any current girlfriend is not disclosed to the public. It is also not known whether he is married or not and if he has any wife. There is also no detail about any children or news of any divorce. He is available on several social media sites and is known to be very active on these sites. His biography states that his net worth is very high owing to his hard work, but his exact salary has not been disclosed yet.