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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 Asia"; and Forbes licensee editions published in Africa, Argentina, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Middle East, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine. The company also publishes a number of investment newsletters. Another division of the company is Forbes Investors Advisory Institute.

In 1996 Forbes entered the new media arena with the launch of Now averaging 25 million unique monthly visitors, it has become a leading destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors.
Other Forbes Web sites are:,;; and Together with, these sites reach nearly 30 million business decision-makers each month.

The companys flagship publication, Forbes, is the nations leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes combined with Forbes Asia and the company's licensee editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than 6 million readers. The circulation of Forbes international editions is 590,500. 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 is the author of: "How Capitalism Will Save Us: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Todays 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 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.
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 SloanKettering 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.

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An Economics-Driven Election Insights on 2012 Presidential Race

Steve Forbes continues to lead the most successful business news magazine in America. Throughout his tenure, his keen ability to provide economic and political insights on the most debated issues of the day has been trusted by business leaders around the world. Bringing together his experience as a renowned journalist, expert economist, and former presidential candidate Mr. Forbes delivers a succinct and thought-provoking analysis of the major economic issues driving the next Presidential Election. Always colorful and personal, Mr. Forbes knows the candidates and gives commentary hard to find anywhere else.

Navigating The Current Economy for Business Growth and Success

As Chairman leading Forbes Media, Steve Forbes offers real world business advice. He has his fingers on the pulse of every economic issue being talked about today. Mr. Forbes addresses the current economic situation and provides insights and strategic advice for business growth and success during these difficult times.

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

The economic crisis underscores the importance of strong and effective leadership. 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 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 issueit is a taxpayer issue that affects all Americans.

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