B. C. Forbes
|B. C. Forbes|
|Born||Bertie Charles Forbes|
May 14, 1880
New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
|Died||May 6, 1954 (aged 73)|
New York City, United States
|Occupation||Journalist, author, publisher|
Life and career
Forbes was born in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, in Scotland. After studying at the University of 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. He immigrated to New York City and later to Englewood, NJ  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.
B.C. Forbes authored several books:
- Finance, Business and the Business of Life (1915)
- Men Who Are Making America (1917)
- Forbes Epigrams (1922)
- Men Who are Making the West (1923)
- Automotive Giants of America (1925)
- How to Get the Most Out of Business (1927)
- 101 Unusual Experiences (1952)
- "Forbes, Head Of Business Magazine, Dies". Chicago Tribune. May 7, 1954. http://pqasb.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/505296422.html?dids=505296422:505296422&FMT=CITE&FMTS=CITE:AI&type=historic&date=May+07,+1954&author=&pub=Chicago+Tribune&desc=FORBES,+HEAD+OF+BUSINESS+MAGAZINE,+DIES&pqatl=google. 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 ..."
- "Certified Servants", Time (magazine), December 4, 1933. "Englewood. N. J., on the highlands opposite Manhattan, is a community of wealthy burghers, like Banker Seward Prosser, Editor Bertie Charles Forbes, Publisher Bernarr Macfadden, Mental Hygienist Clifford Whittingham Beers, onetime Second Assistant Postmaster General Warren Irving Glover, Mrs. Dwight Whitney Morrow."
- "B. C. Forbes Dies; Publisher, Was 73; Financial, Business Writer Had Magazine 30 Years, Was Syndicated Columnist". New York Times. May 7, 1954. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70E1FFC3E5E107B93C5A9178ED85F408585F9. 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."
- Bertie Charles Forbes papers at Syracuse University Special Collections Research Center