African is a continent known to be the creed of human civilization. But, the story is that of prevalent hunger, diseases, corruption, human right abuses, political unrests, poor infrastructural development, lack of basic amenities, etc., which have continued to dominate major newsletters, magazines, TVs, and other media films around the world. Steve Forbes is one man to tell Africa stories in positive light about individuals and their business contributions across the continent despite the obvious challenges. Interesting facts about media mogul and politician, Steve Forbes: Malcolm Stevenson ‘Steve’ Forbes Jr. was born on 18th July, 1947 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. Steve attended Brooks Schools, North Andover, Massachusetts (with cum laude, 1966); and Princeton University (with B.A. in History, 1970). He serves on many boards such as The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, the School of Public Policy of Pepperdine University, etc. He joined the media, Forbes Inc., in early 1996. Forbes is married with five daughters. Mr. Forbes is Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media as the third person in the family after his father and grandfather to inherit the publication business. He introduced new publications and businesses such as ForbesLife Magazine - for luxury lifestyle and culture, Forbes Asia – magazine covering businesses in Asian continent, and Forbes licensee editions published in Africa, China, Bulgaria, Croatia, India, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey, etc. Mr. Steve proudly runs another subgroup of Forbes Inc., Forbes Investors Advisory Institute. By 1996, Forbes launched the Forbes.com that has over 18million traffic monthly because of its leading contents for top business decision-makers and investors. Other website contents include sports, woman, markets, politics, world affairs, etc. He founded Business Today Magazine as a student of Princeton University with two other students. The Forbes publication is America’s number one business magazine with worldwide circulation of over 800,000 million copies. The International edition of Forbes produces and circulates about half a million copies. Altogether, over 5.8 million readers access the issues of Forbes offline and online through issues of Forbes, Forbes Asia and Forbes licensee editions. Mr. Steve personally writes editorials for each issue of Forbes, Facts and Comments, which has won four times the highly coveted Crystal Owl Award and a revered economic prognosticator (financial journalist with most accurate economic forecasts for every year). Mr. Forbes is a frontline Republican Party member, who in 1996 and 2000 sought nomination for Presidency of the US. He is a proponent of flat tax, medical savings accounts, a new Social Security system for working Americans, parental choice of schools for their children, term limit and strong national defence. As Chairman of Bi-partisan Board of International Broadcasting (BIB); he used Free Radio Europe and Radio Liberty to defect communism in Poland during President Reagan and President Bush Administrations from 1985 to 1993. Mr. Steve has authored and co-authored several books such as Flat Tax Revolution: Using a Postcard to Abolish the IRS (Regency, 2005); How Capitalism Will Save US: Why Free People and Free Markets Are the Best Answer in Today’s Economy (Co-authored by Elizabeth Ames: Crown Business, 2009); and others. Forbes Media works stood out for Africa, especially the Forbes’ List of Africa’s Billionaires, Africa’s Women Billionaires, World’s Most Powerful Peoples’ List, etc., that may have informed the attention of the world to opportunities and potentials for tourism, trades and investments on the continent with Aliko Dangote, Funsho Alakija taking the lead. Written By: Alfa Abraham
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