B. C. Forbes

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Bertie Charles Forbes
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B. C. Forbes, c. 1917
Bertie Charles Forbes

May 14, 1880

Died May 6, 1954 (aged 73)

Nationality Scottish
Alma mater University of St Andrews
Occupation Journalist, author, publisher
Spouse(s) Adelaide Mary Stevenson (1896-1973)

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[edit]

Forbes was born in New DeerAberdeenshire, in Scotland, the son of Agnes (Moir) and Robert Forbes, a storekeeper and tailor. 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 emigrated 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 New Deer Churchyard at Hill of Culsh in New Deer, Aberdeenshire.


B.C. Forbes authored several books:

  1. Jump up to:a b “Forbes, Head Of Business Magazine, Dies”Chicago Tribune. May 7, 1954. Retrieved 2010-10-03Forbes was known as BC Forbes, his name was Bertie Charles Forbes. He had headed the semi monthly business publication, Forbes magazine, since founding …
  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”The New York Times. May 7, 1954. Retrieved 2010-10-03B. 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.

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