Steve Forbes The FAce of Forbes, Author & Politician

Early Life

Born Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Jr. on July 18, 1947

Born and raised in Morristown, NJ

Oldest of 5 children

Graduated from Princeton with Bachelor's in History

Took over his father's company (Forbes Co.) after his death in 1990

Founded Empower America in 1993

Sought Republican nomination in 1996 and 2000

Forbes' Publishing

"Business Today" was his first magazine

Author of 4 books

Serves as an editorial writer for Forbes Magazine

Won Crystal Owl Award

(Forbes Staff, n.d., Steve Forbes, n.d.a)

Forbes the CEO & Businessman

  • Served as CEO & President for Forbes Media (1990-2010) (Reagan Foundation)
  • Currently serves as Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media
  • Advocate for advancing moral & ethical leadership in the business world (BusinessWire, 2016)
  • Serves as Board of Member of:


Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

The Heritage Foundation

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

Overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University

  • Board of Trustees of Princeton University for 10 years
  • Holds honorary degrees at over 25 colleges and universities (Steve Forbes, n.d.b)

Steve Forbes the Politician

Ran for President as a Republican in 1996 and 2000

Advocate for flat tax

Wanted to change certain aspects of educational system

Reduce dependence of foreign oil

Supporter of smaller government intervention

Proponent of voucher system of health care

Steve Forbes supports gay rights but is against Gay marriage

Respects people and believes that lifestyle choices are best left alone

He believes in the ten commandments and prayer in schools

Believes that civil rights are local issues

Forbes supports President Clinton’s don’t ask don’t tell policy on homosexuals in the military

Doubted if his own father was heterosexual

“My father had his life. We respected it. What he meant to us and to others I think speaks for itself. You don't have to approve of something that someone does to have compassion and love”

“Enforcement of civil rights should occur at the local, state and federal level.”

“[We should] protect people of all faiths--or of no faith--from encroachments by the state that violate their consciences and most deeply held beliefs.”

Forbes strongly supports laws to protect the civil rights of all Americans, regardless of their race, gender, or ethnic background.

Ethics & Christian Worldview

Apart from succeeding as an influential figure, Steve Forbes’ ethical positions on many controversial issues most often reflects Biblical principles. He believes that our economy should be a reflection of our values.

Forbes has stated that he is against abortion, believing that life begins at conception; if in a hypothetical situation, his minor daughter were pregnant, he would insist she carry the baby to full-term (OnTheIssues).

He also believes in a strong familial unit and when questioned about his position on marriage, he celebrates contractual, heterosexual marriage.

The education system, according to Forbes, must be equally available for all students from any class. Parents, regardless of their positions in society, should be given the opportunity to send their children to any school.

He also affirms the Second Amendment which allows the right to bear arms. However, he understands the risks and believes that there must be certain limits that must come with such a privilege. He also believes that laws which prevent illegal immigration should be enforced.

Pro-Life. Forbes says, “Today there is no doubt - medically, genetically - that individual human life begins at conception, and ends with natural death. The starting place for the discussion, then, is the recognition that abortion involves the violent ending of life - the first and foremost of our natural rights, the one that trumps all others. That is why abortions are a moral wrong and a national tragedy. As Lincoln said of slavery 140 years ago, abortion is and must be on the road to extinction.” (Source: “Moral Compass” , May 21, 1999)

Psalm 139:13. David writes, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” As we can see, Forbes’ stance on abortion is in line with this Scripture verse. God is intricately involved in every conception.

Forbes is a proponent of making adoption easier for loving married parents. He recognizes that adoption can be a grueling process and needs to be reformed so that orphans can be taken care of. (Source: “A New Birth of Freedom,” p. 144 , Nov 9, 1999)

James 1:27- “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress…”

Forbes recognizes the nature of marriage and the sacracy of it: “[We should] reinforce the concept that marriage is a legally binding contract. Most Americans still marry in places of worship, acknowledging the sacred nature of the vows they make to one another. To them, of course, marriage is much more than a legal contract, but it is certainly not less than one.” (Source: “A New Birth of Freedom,” p. 144 , Nov 9, 1999)

Jesus speaks of this covenant based marriage in Matthew 19:6, “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”


Steve Forbes' ethical views are reflected in Scripture

One can be successful even when it may seem counter-cultural

As a successful leader and board member of various organizations and companies, shows his dedication to leadership and ethical principles


Forbes Staff. (n.d.). Steve Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved from “Moral Compass” , May 21, 1999

On the Issues. (n.d.). Retrieved February 13, 2017, from

Steve Forbes. (n.d.a) Famous Entrepreneurs. Retrieved from

Steve Forbes. (n.d.b) Freedomworks. Retrieved from

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