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Steve Forbes

Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media

Forbes Media Chairman, Steve Forbes, spoke on October 19, 2011. He discussed his book, Power, Ambition, Glory: The Stunning Parallels between Great Leaders of the Ancient World and Today, and the Lessons You Can Learn.


About Steve Forbes

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 Asia; and Forbes licensee editions published in China, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Israel, 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 Forbes.com. Now averaging 18 million unique monthly visitors, it has become a leading destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors. Other Forbes Web sites are: ForbesWoman.com; ReaIClearPolitics.com;  ReaIClearMarkets.com; RealClearSports.com and ReaIClearWorld.com. Together with Forbes.com, these sites reach nearly 20 million business decision-makers each month.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 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.

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 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 Januray 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.