Steve Forbes is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine, the nation’s leading business magazine.
Since Mr. Forbes assumed the CEO position in 1990, Forbes has launched a variety of new publications and businesses including: ForbesLife, ForbesWoman, Forbes Asia, and Chinese, Croatian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Arabic, Hebrew, Polish and Turkish editions of the magazine. Together, these publications reach a worldwide audience of more than five million readers. The company also publishes the Gilder Technology Report and a number of investment newsletters.
In 1996 Forbes entered the new media arena with the launch of Forbes.com. Other Forbes Web sites are: Investopedia.com; RealClearPolitics.com; RealClearMarkets.com; RealClearSports.com; and the Forbes.com Business and Finance Blog Network. In total, these sites reach nearly 42 million business decision-makers each month.
Mr. Forbes writes editorials for each issue of Forbes under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award four times.
In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency. Key to his platform were a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limits and a strong national defense.
Mr. Forbes is the author of Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005). He also wrote A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999), a book of bold ideas for the new millennium.
In 1985, President Reagan named Mr. Forbes Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB). In this position, he oversaw the operation of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were praised by Poland’s Lech Walesa as being critical to the struggle against communism. Mr. Forbes was reappointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993.
Steve Forbes was born on July 18, 1947, in Morristown, New Jersey. He graduated cum laude in 1966 from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in history from Princeton in 1970.