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Forbes is an American publishing and media company. Its flagship publication Forbes magazine, currently published bi-weekly, was founded in 1917 by Scottish immigrant B.C. Forbes, then the leading business columnist for Hearst newspapers. After his death in 1954 his son Bruce became president. Bruce died in 1964 and his brother Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (1917–1990) became Editor-in-Chief and Publisher.
On Malcolm's death, his eldest son Malcolm Stevenson "Steve" Forbes Jr. (1947–) became President and Chief Executive of Forbes and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes magazine. The other officers of Forbes include Steve's brother Timothy C. Forbes, Chief Operating Officer, Robert L. Forbes Vice President and President of ForbesLife and Christopher Forbes Vice Chairman. In 2006, the brothers sold a reported 40% of the company to Elevation Partners, a private equity firm, and created a new company, Forbes Media LLC, to publish Forbes magazine, Forbes.com and other media properties.
Apart from Forbes and its lifestyle supplement, ForbesLife, the other titles published include Forbes Asia and eight local language editions. The company also publishes American Heritage, American Heritage of Invention & Technology and American Legacy. Steve Forbes and his magazine's writers offer investment advice on the weekly Fox TV show Forbes on Fox and on Forbes On Radio. Other company groups include Forbes Conference Group, Forbes Investment Advisory Group and Forbes Custom Media.
Forbes's Web site, Forbes.com, bills itself as "Home Page For The World's Business Leaders" and is the most widely visited business web site. It features in-depth coverage of current business and financial events. The current president and chief executive officer is James J. Spanfeller; the current editor is Paul Maidment; the current managing editor is Daniel Bigman. Forbes.com also publishes subscription investment newsletters, a luxury-vehicles site, ForbesAutos, a luxury travel site, ForbesTraveler, edited by G. Barry Golson, the former executive editor of Playboy and TV Guide and former editor-in-chief of Yahoo! Internet Life, and an online guide to web sites, Best Of The Web.
David Churbuck founded Forbes.com in 1996. The site drew attention when it uncovered Stephen Glass' journalistic fraud in The New Republic in 1998, a scoop that gave credibility to internet journalism.
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Bono (lead singer of band U2) and the other partners of Elevation Partners, a venture capital company, have invested $300 million on August 6 2006 for a 40% stake in this business <ref>Forbes 'Forbes Announce Elevation Partners Investment in Family Held Company' - August 6th, 2006</ref> <ref>Irish Independent, Media mogul Bono buys "rich list" - August 7th, 2006</ref>.
Forbes creates many lists under various topics, the most popular being perhaps the List of billionaires.
- 200 Best Small Companies
- 400 Best Big Companies
- Forbes Global 2000, a list of largest companies in the world taking into account market capitalization, revenue, income and assets (this is differs from the Fortune Global 500 which is based only on revenues and U.S. companies).
- Largest Private Companies
- Fastest Growing Techs
In popular culture Forbes is perhaps best-known for its many periodic lists of net worth. As it often takes considerable detective work to determine the actual wealth of an individual, Forbes' figures are widely cited as nearly-definitive.
- Executive Pay
- Forbes 400, a list of the richest people in the United States
- Forbes Midas
- World's Richest People, a list of the richest people in the world
- China Rich List, a list of the richest people in mainland China
- Forbes Fictional 15, a self-parodying list of the richest movie, TV and literary characters
- 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (external: )
- The Celebrity 100, an annual list of famous and financially influential celebrities (i.e., entertainers, musicians, producers, directors, and athletes) 
- Top-Earning Dead Celebrities 
- Best Cities For Singles
- Best Places For Business
- Most Expensive Zip Codes
- Most Expensive Rental Markets In The U.S.
In 2005, Forbes listed Fidel Castro among the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $550 million. This was based on economic control of Cuban state-owned companies. In 2006, Forbes magazine increased their estimate of Castro's wealth to $900 million. but acknowledged in the article that the estimates for all the leaders are "more art than science."
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 External links
- Official site
- Forbes magazine
- American Heritage
- Elevation Partners
- A complete listing of all of Forbes' lists .be:Forbes
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