His grandfather, B.C. Forbes, was a journalist who founded Forbes magazine. His father, Malcolm Forbes, served as a state senator and had two unsuccessful bids for the New Jersey governorship, in 1953 and 1957. In 1973, he began writing his own column for his father’s magazine, Forbes. In1990 Steve Forbes took over the magazine, and in 1993, he founded Empower America.
From an early age he became involved in the family business, eventually becoming a columnist for their leading publication. At Forbes, he showed a keen interest in economics and fiscal policy. Forbes proved to be a gifted economic forecaster, winning the Crystal Owl Award four times for his spot-on prognostications.
In 1993, Steve Forbes began his three-year stint as chairman of the board of Empower America, a conservative political reform organization formed by Jack Kemp, Bill Bennett and Jeane Kirkpatrick.
Steve Forbes had two failed attempts for the presidency. He sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1996 and 2000, but dropped out both times. Therefore, he has remained an active force at his family’s publishing business, and still serves as chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media today. He also still writes for Forbes magazine, continuing to share his views through his editorial column, “Fact and Comment.” He became a Freedom Works board member in 2006.
Additionally, Forbes has penned several books, including Why Free Markets Are Moral and Big Government Isn’t (2012) and How Capitalism Will Save Us (2009)—both co-authored with Elizabeth Ames—and serves as a board member of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
Event planners who invite Steve Forbes to their events report that audiences are amazed by both his command of a wide range of economic and political issues, and his likability and affability, especially appreciated in the current contentious political discussion. Mr. Forbes has been speaking clearly about America’s future success in the global economy for years, using his platform as the CEO of Forbes Media but also as a two time Presidential candidate. He is an expert on monetary issues, capitalism, taxes and personally knows the players in Washington. His insights and stories make him an audience favorite speech after speech.
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.
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.
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.