Steve Forbes

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  • Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media
  • Expert on the Global Economy, Monetary Policy and Politics
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Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media, and an internationally respected authority in the worlds of economics, finance, and corporate leadership. With the economy at the forefront of conversation on a global level, Mr. Forbes offers long-standing insights that capitalism, free markets, and a flat tax are essential to a healthy economy. This is a message Mr. Forbes has been delivering as editor of one of the world’s most successful business magazines for decades, and he continues to be one of the most sought-after speakers on this and other economic issues leading the economic debates around the world.

 
  

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Steve Forbes was absolutely fantastic! His remarks on the interface of economics and politics were well received by the leaders of state government and the state’s business community who were present. We had a sell out for the event and that was due in large part to the popularity of Steve as our Annual Meeting speaker. I would highly recommend Steve to any group looking for a speaker that will be a draw and will give a most informative presentation.

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Leadership Lessons: The Stunning Parallels between
Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today’s Top Business Leaders

Times and circumstances change but principles and human nature do not. Based on his book, Power Ambition Glory, Steve Forbes provides six intriguing lessons from comparisons between great leaders of the ancient world and contemporary business leaders. What do Cyrus the Great and Jack Welch have in c ...

Times and circumstances change but principles and human nature do not. Based on his book, Power Ambition Glory, Steve Forbes provides six intriguing lessons from comparisons between great leaders of the ancient world and contemporary business leaders. What do Cyrus the Great and Jack Welch have in common? What do great leaders know that allowed Serge Brin and Larry Page of Google to challenge and best two formidable competitors, Microsoft and Yahoo? Julius Caesar was blinded to the dangers that eventually did him in, as surely as greed blinded Wall Street. In this illuminating and entertaining talk, Steve Forbes provides the lessons that will make or break businesses right now by exploring the remarkable similarities between those who directed the empires of the ancient world and many of today's corporate and political leadership.

The Flat Tax Revolution

In his presentation on the Flat Tax Revolution, Steve Forbes calls for substantial reforms to America's fundamental economic systems as they operate today. He argues that Countries increasingly recognize that if they don't adopt the flat tax, they will lose jobs, capital and their own ambitious entr ...

In his presentation on the Flat Tax Revolution, Steve Forbes calls for substantial reforms to America's fundamental economic systems as they operate today. He argues that "Countries increasingly recognize that if they don't adopt the flat tax, they will lose jobs, capital and their own ambitious entrepreneurs to more growth friendly nations." A simple flat tax, in his view, will slash tax rates and spur economic growth. In his remarks, he will discuss a myriad of Flat Tax benefits through the lens of the current economic landscape and forecast, including: how a simple 17 percent flat tax will save citizens time, money, and worry; why the Flat Tax will eliminate the IRS and its bureaucrats; why the Flat Tax will create jobs, and bring back ones we have lost overseas; how other countries are already reaping the benefits of a flat tax system; how the flat tax will stop special interests getting tax breaks at the expense of citizens; and what you can do to make the Flat Tax a reality. As Mr. Forbes explains, the Flat Tax is not a partisan issue—it is a taxpayer issue that affects all Americans.

Navigating the Economy for Business Growth and Success

Steve Forbes continues to lead the most successful business news magazine in America. Throughout his tenure, his keen ability to provide economic insights on the bigissues of the day has been trusted by business leaders around the world. Mr. Forbes addresses the current economic situation and provid ...

Steve Forbes continues to lead the most successful business news magazine in America. Throughout his tenure, his keen ability to provide economic insights on the big issues of the day has been trusted by business leaders around the world. Mr. Forbes addresses the current economic situation and provides insights and strategic advice for business growth and success.

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Biography

Steve Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media. 

Under Mr. Forbes’ leadership, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses.  They include:  ForbesLife, the dedicated luxury lifestyle and culture magazine; Forbes Europe, Forbes Asia; and Forbes licensee editions published in over 37 countries.  The company also publishes a number of investment newsletters. 

In 1996 Forbes entered the new media arena with the launch of Forbes.com.

The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia, Forbes Europe and the company's licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 5 million readers. 

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.  The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.

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 continues to energetically promote this agenda.

Mr. Forbes’ new book: Reviving America: How Repealing Obamacare, Replacing the Tax Code and Reforming The Fed will Restore Hope and Prosperity co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional) came out in December.

His other books include Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy - and What We Can Do About It, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (McGraw-Hill Professional) ; Freedom Manifesto: Why Free Markets are Moral and Big Government Isn’t, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, August 2012); How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy, co-authored by Elizabeth Ames (Crown Business, November 2009); and Power Ambition Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today . . . and the Lessons You Can Learn, co-authored by John Prevas (Crown Business, June 2009).  He also wrote:  Flat Tax Revolution:  Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regnery, 2005); and 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 operations 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 received a B.A. in history from Princeton in 1970. 

Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the Board of Visitors for the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University.  He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for ten years.