Steve Forbes was born Malcom 'Steve' Forbes, Jr. on July 18, 1947, in Morristown, NJ, the son of wealthy publisher Malcolm Forbes.
After graduating from Princeton in 1970, Steve Forbes joined the family business. Eventually, he become President and CEO of Forbes, Inc. and President and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine. In 1996 and 2000, Forbes entered the GOP presidential primaries, with his family fortune giving him instant political credibility. In 1996, he lost the nomination to Bob Dole and withdrew from the race in February 2000.
According to his official biographical note "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 will continue to energetically promote this agenda".
According to his biographical note, "Forbes was the Honorary Chairman of Americans for Hope, Growth and Opportunity (1996-1999), a grassroots, issues advocacy organization founded to advance pro-growth, pro-freedom and pro-family issues." 
He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Empower America, a political reform organization founded by Jack Kemp, William J. Bennett, and Jeane J. Kirkpatrick from December 1993 until June 1996.
He serves on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, as well as on other boards, including The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, The American Enterprise Institute, and the National Taxpayers Union. His name has been associated with the Project for the New American Century. He is also on the Board of Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is also on the National Advisory Council for the Free Enterprise Foundation. He is also on the board of trustees of Freedom House.
"In 1985, President Reagan named Mr. Forbes Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB). Mr. Forbes was reappointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993. In both 1996 and 2000, Mr. Forbes campaigned vigorously for the Republican nomination for the Presidency." 
According to his biographical note, "he graduated cum laude in 1966 from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in history from Princeton in 1970. At Princeton, he was the founding editor of Business Today, which became the country's largest magazine published by students for students, with a circulation of 200,000. The magazine continues to be published today by Princeton undergraduates." 
Speaking in Sydney in January 2003, Forbes praised the tort reform - "law abuse" as he referred to it - efforts of the New South Wales Premier, Bob Carr. Changes in Texas, Forbes said, had forced trial lawyers to "flee like rats to Oklahoma" and other states that haven't embraced tort reform. 
On Saturday March 6, 2004, Forbes will be a keynote speaker via video conference to the right wing New Zealand Political party, ACT (the acronym for Association of Consumers and Taxpayers). .
- Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation
- American Enterprise Institute
- National Taxpayers Union
- Project for the New American Century
- Freedom House
- Advisory Board, World Growth 
Resources and articles
Related SourceWatch articles
- Bilderberg - American Friends of Bilderberg
- Project for the New American Century, PNAC, original signer.
- Forbes.com, "Steve Forbes", undated, accessed January 14, 2004.
- Steve Forbes' Skeleton Closet, RealChange.org. Includes links to primary source documents.
- John Huxley, "Folks back home would just love Carr, says right-wing Republican tycoon", Sydney Morning Herald, January 14, 2004.
- Freedom House, "Biography", Accessed December 2006.