30 Facts About Steve Forbes


Steve Forbes is the son of longtime Forbes publisher Malcolm Forbes and the grandson of that publication's founder BC Forbes.


Steve Forbes was a candidate in the 1996 and 2000 Republican presidential primaries.


Steve Forbes was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Roberta Remsen and Malcolm Steve Forbes.


Steve Forbes attended the Far Hills Country Day School with his longtime friend and future Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman.


Steve Forbes is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and Tau Kappa Epsilon.


Steve Forbes holds honorary degrees from several universities, including New York Institute of Technology and Lehigh University.


Steve Forbes would continue to serve as the BIB's leader until 1993, following the inauguration of Bill Clinton.


From 1993 to 1996, Steve Forbes was the chairman of the Board of Directors of "Empower America", which later merged with the advocacy group FreedomWorks.


Steve Forbes entered the Republican primaries for President of the United States in 1996 and 2000, primarily running on a campaign to establish a flat income tax.


Steve Forbes believed the American taxation system had become too Byzantine and bureaucratic and was in desperate need of reform and simplification.


When Steve Forbes ran for president in 1996 and 2000, he sold some of his Steve Forbes, Inc voting shares to other family members to help finance his run.


Steve Forbes did not come close to securing the Republican nomination, despite winning the Arizona and Delaware primaries in 1996 and getting some significant shares of the vote in other primaries.


Steve Forbes's "awkward" campaigning style was considered to be a major factor in his defeat.


Steve Forbes has a cornball style and uses preppie slang like 'get real' and 'el zippo' in speeches.


Steve Forbes opposes gun control and most government regulation of the environment, as well as drug legalization and same-sex marriage, in spite of his father being gay.


However, Steve Forbes supported keeping the first $33,000 of income exempt.


In 2000, Steve Forbes maintained the same plan; however, instead of each person receiving an exemption of $33,000, it more closely resembled the Armey Plan.


Steve Forbes is very wealthy, with a net worth in 1996 of $430 million.


The previous year Steve Forbes had issued a statement saying he would no longer donate money to Princeton University because of its hiring of philosopher Peter Singer, who views personhood as being limited to 'sentient' beings and therefore considers some disabled people and all infants to lack this status.


Steve Forbes was one of the signers of the Statement of Principles of Project for the New American Century on June 3,1997.


In 1996, Steve Forbes campaigned on behalf of Ron Paul in the congressional election for Texas's 14th congressional district.


Steve Forbes himself hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live that aired on April 13,1996.


The episode featured a skit where the real Steve Forbes interviewed his SNL counterpart, played by McKinney.


In December 2006, Steve Forbes joined the Board of Directors of the advocacy organization FreedomWorks.


Steve Forbes is on the board of directors of the National Taxpayers Union.


Steve Forbes is a member of the board of trustees of The Heritage Foundation, an influential Washington, DC-based public policy research institute.


On March 28,2007, Steve Forbes joined Rudy Giuliani's campaign for the 2008 Presidential election, serving as a National Co-Chair and Senior Policy Advisor.


Later in the 2008 presidential campaign, Steve Forbes served as John McCain's economic adviser on taxes, energy and the budget during McCain's bid for the 2008 presidential election.


Steve Forbes appeared alongside his family on Larry King Live during his 1996 presidential campaign.


Steve Forbes rides Amtrak trains and was a passenger on board the 2016 Chester, Pennsylvania, train derailment.