B. C. Forbes

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B. C. Forbes
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Born Bertie Charles Forbes
(1880-05-14)May 14, 1880
New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died May 6, 1954(1954-05-06) (aged 73)
New York City, United States
Nationality Scottish American
Alma mater University of St Andrews
Occupation Journalist, author, publisher

Bertie Charles Forbes (/fɔːrbz/; May 14, 1880 – May 6, 1954) was a Scottish-born American financial journalist and author who founded Forbes magazine.[1]

Life and career

Forbes was born in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, in Scotland. After studying at University College, Dundee (then part of the University of St Andrews), in 1897 Forbes worked as a reporter and editorial writer with a local newspaper until 1901 when he moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he worked on the Rand Daily Mail under its first editor, Edgar Wallace.[2] He immigrated to New York City in the United States in 1904 where he was employed as a writer and financial editor at the Journal of Commerce before joining the Hearst chain of newspapers as a syndicated columnist in 1911. He left Hearst after two years to become the business and financial editor at the New York American where he remained until 1916.

He founded Forbes magazine in 1917 and remained editor-in-chief until his death in New York City in 1954, though assisted in his later years by Bruce Charles Forbes (1916–1964) and Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (1919–1990), his two eldest sons.

Forbes was the founder of the Investors League in 1942. He died on May 6, 1954.[1][3] His body was returned to his native Scotland, and lies buried in the cemetery at Hill of Culsh, Aberdeenshire.


B.C. Forbes authored several books:


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Forbes, Head Of Business Magazine, Dies". Chicago Tribune. May 7, 1954. Retrieved 2010-10-03. Forbes was known as BC Forbes, his name was Bertie Charles Forbes. He had headed the semi monthly business publication, Forbes magazine, since founding ...<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. http://www.anb.org/articles/16/16-03558.html
  3. "B. C. Forbes Dies; Publisher, Was 73; Financial, Business Writer Had Magazine 30 Years, Was Syndicated Columnist". New York Times. May 7, 1954. Retrieved 2010-10-03. B. C. Forbes, business and financial writer and publisher of a semi-monthly business magazine bearing his name, died yesterday in his office at 80 Fifth Avenue. Mr. Forbes, who lived at Fountain Road, Englewood, N. J., would have been 74 years old next Friday.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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