Publisher, founder of Forbes Magazine, 1917.
Forbes was born in New Deer, Aberdeenshire, in Scotland, the son of Agnes (Moir) and Robert Forbes, a storekeeper and tailor.
After studying at University College, 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 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.
Forbes was the founder of the Investors League in 1942, and authored many financial books.
He died on May 6, 1954. He was originally buried with his wife in the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Tenafly, New Jersey, but he was disinterred and reinterred, returned to his native Scotland, and lies buried in New Deer Churchyard at Hill of Culsh, in New Deer, Aberdeenshire.
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FORBES BERTIE CHARLES M 1880 225/ 49 New Deer
1881 England, Wales & Scotland Census Transcription Hill Head Fedderate, New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Robert Forbes Head Married Male 41 1840 Clothier And Merchant Mortlach, Banffshire, Agnes Forbes Wife Married Female 30 1851 - New Deer, Agnes Jane Forbes Daughter Unmarried Female 9 1872 Scholar New Deer, Bella Robb Forbes Daughter Unmarried Female 7 1874 Scholar New Deer, James Moir Forbes Son Unmarried Male 6 1875 Scholar New Deer, Alexander Forbes Son Unmarried Male 4 1877 Scholar New Deer, William George Forbes Son Unmarried Male 3 1878 Scholar New Deer, Bertie Charles Forbes Son Unmarried Male 0 1881 Scholar New Deer,
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