Steve Forbes

2009 Pete du Pont Individual Freedom Award Recipient

About Steve Forbes

Steve Forbes is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine.

Since Mr. Forbes assumed the CEO position in 1990, Forbes has launched a variety of new publications and businesses.

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.

During his 1996 Presidential bid, Forbes won Delaware’s Presidential Republican Primary after he refused to give in to New Hampshire’s threats that candidates who campaigned in Delaware would not be on New Hampshire’s ballot. Voters in Delaware expressed their appreciation for both Forbes’ ideas and his strength of character.

In 1996 Forbes also entered the new media arena with the launch of Now receiving more than 20 million unique monthly visitors, it has become a leading destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors. Other Forbes websites are:;;;; and the Business and Finance Blog Network. Together with, the sites reach nearly 42 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 nine local-language editions together reach a worldwide audience of more than five million readers.

Mr. Forbes writes editorials for each 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.

Mr. Forbes is the author of Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regency, 2005). He also wrote A New Birth of Freedom (Regnery, 1999), a book of bold ideas for the new millennium.

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 if Princeton University for ten years.