And the Winner Is...

Gabelli funds saw mixed returns this past year, but the eponymous fund manager,

Mario Gabelli

, received a much more consistent response from

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readers as guest host of

CNBC

's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday.

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readers admired Gabelli's pointed questions and market savvy and 80% want to see him back on the "Box." Even Jim Cramer sounded uncharacteristically soft when he mentioned the manager in a

Wednesday column, cooing, "he's a delightful and thoughtful bull."

Although none of the week's hosts received a perfect score of 20, the well-known money manager squeaked by

Susan Byrne

and

Michael Holland

for the top spot, beating them by only three points (17-14).

Seventy-eight percent of readers asked to see Michael Holland again, 71% would tune in for Susan Byrne, 67% for

Jack Rivkin

and 60% for

Gregg Hymowitz

.

Each day this week, we asked readers to evaluate the "Squawk Box" guest hosts in four different categories: insightfulness/intelligence, interviewing skills, personality/humor and dress/appearance. Intelligence and interviewing skills were weighted more than humor and dress.

Here's how they stacked up:

Hear what

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readers had to say about the guest appearance of:

Michael Holland, Holland & Co.

Jack Rivkin, CitiGroup

Mario Gabelli, Gabelli Funds

Susan Byrne, Westwood Management

Gregg Hymowitz, Entrust Capital

Random Musings

We also gave readers other "Squawk"-related questions to ponder. Here's what they had to say about:

Squawk Box Dream Team

Celebrity Squawkers you'd want to see

The Rate the Squawk Host Poll

Thanks to all who participated!