Ashton Kutcher...for Fed chief?!

Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 7:03 PM ET
Fisher reveals 'inside secret' candidate to run Fed
Thursday, 8 Aug 2013 | 4:08 PM ET
Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher jokingly suggests an alternative when Maria Bartiromo asks for his thoughts on Janet Yellen and Larry Summers, the two people widely seen as leading candidates to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Wall Street is pretty much convinced that either Janet Yellen or Larry Summers will be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.

But when Maria Bartiromo asked Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher for his thoughts on the two of them, he slyly avoided the question by offering a "inside secret" dark horse candidate: actor Ashton Kutcher.


Kutcher: Steve Jobs & the big screen
Actor Ashton Kutcher, who plays Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a new film, "Jobs," talks to CNBC's Maria Bartiromo about technology, investing, Steve Jobs and his feelings about the creative process.

Fisher said he liked what Kutcher had to say in his interview with Maria on Tuesday's "Closing Bell."

Kutcher, who portrays Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in a film biography opening Friday, didn't talk about monetary policy during the full 20-minute conversation. He did, however, thoughtfully discuss the intersection of technology, art and investing.

He also talked about a company he's backing that is trying to reduce the "bulk and bloat" of the banking system by "lubricating" financial exchanges. "The ultimate potential of the company could replace the Federal Reserve, the exchange, because of the way they move money."

(Read more: Kutcher: I was 'terrified' portraying Steve Jobs)

Kutcher isn't the only...um...unexpected name being tossed around.

On Twitter, one user suggested that JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon "deserves" to be the next Fed chief, with the hashtag .

Former Sirius XM Radio CEO Mel Karmazin has an even higher office in mind for Dimon: President of the United States.

Karmazin: Dimon for president!
Mel Karmazin thinks JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon would make a terrific president, but CNBC's Robert Frank explains that there are three little words that could present a problem for his candidacy: Wall Street banker.

The idea that a Wall Street banker could be elected didn't get much traction as it was tossed around on the "Power Rundown" segment during Thursday's "Power Lunch," although anchor Tyler Mathisen and Robert Frank did suggest more business people should run for public office.

It's probably easier to imagine Dimon in the White House than tough guy actor Chuck Norris at the controls of the nation's central bank.

Danske Bank analyst Lars Christensen threw Norris's name out there in an interview with CNBC.

Chuck Norris for Fed chairman?
Lars Christensen, Danske Bank analyst, explains why he thinks Ben Bernanke's replacement should have some of the attributes of fictional television character "Walker, Texas Ranger," such as structure and discipline.

As part of his serious argument that the Fed should be more rule-based, Lars said anyone could be in charge because market conditions should dictate what the Fed does, not a person exercising his or her discretion.

Since Norris' "Walker, Texas Ranger" character was a man with a strong devotion to punishing rule-breakers, Christensen said, "I simplify [the argument with] Chuck Norris, in that the market determines monetary policy after the rule is defined."

If you have any of your own ideas for who should run the Fed, or the country, let us know by leaving a comment below.

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