Kansas State University’s first Landon Lecture of 2015 will be given by Steve Forbes, chairman and editor in chief of Forbes Media. A news release from Kansas State University early Monday morning indicates Forbes will present his lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, in McCain Auditorium.
“We’re pleased to bring Steve Forbes to Kansas State University and the Landon Lecture Series,” said Jackie Hartman, the university’s chief of staff and director of community relations. “His career spans many interests and fields. As a successful businessman, he leads a company that offers a variety of well-known publications and businesses both in the U.S. and internationally. He also is a best-selling author and a former presidential candidate.”
The company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation’s leading business magazine with a circulation of more than 900,000. Under Forbes’ leadership, the company has launched a variety of new publications and businesses, including ForbesLife, the dedicated luxury lifestyle and culture magazine; Forbes Europe; Forbes Asia; and Forbes licensee editions in more than 30 countries. The company also publishes a number of investment newsletters.
In addition, Forbes Media is active in the new media arena. Forbes.com is a leading business website that reaches well over 30 million unique visitors a month. Other Forbes websites include RealClearPolitics.com, RealClearMarkets.com, RealClearSports.com and RealClearWorld.com.
A four-time winner of the Crystal Owl Award, a prize formerly given by U.S. Steel Corp to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate, Forbes is a widely respected economic prognosticator. He also is the author of several books, including his latest, “Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy — and What We Can Do About It,” co-authored by Elizabeth Ames and released in June 2014 by McGraw-Hill Professional. “Money” won the coveted Leonard E. Read Book Award.
In both 1996 and 2000, Forbes campaigned for the Republican nomination for president with a platform that included a flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system, school choice, term limits and a strong national defense. He continues to promote this agenda.
Forbes also has served two presidents — Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — as chairman of the bipartisan Board for International Broadcasting, where he oversaw the operations of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty.
Forbes, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in history from Princeton in 1970, serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation and The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. He is on the board of overseers of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and on the board of visitors for the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University. He previously served on the board of trustees of Princeton University for 10 years.