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Alexander Cockburn vs. Steve Forbes: Finance, Industry, Investing, Marketing News (1992)

Alexander Claud Cockburn (/ˈkoʊbərn/ koh-bərn; 6 June 1941 — 21 July 2012) was an Irish American political journalist and writer. Cockburn was brought up in Ireland but had lived and worked in the United States since 1972. Together with Jeffrey St. Clair, he edited the political newsletter CounterPunch. Cockburn also wrote the “Beat the Devil” column for The Nation as well as one for The Week in London, syndicated by Creators Syndicate.


Malcolm Stevenson “Steve” Forbes, Jr. (born July 18, 1947) is an American publishing executive who was twice a candidate for the nomination of the Republican Party for president. He is the editor-in-chief of business magazine Forbes magazine as well as president and chief executive officer of its publisher, Forbes, Inc. He was a Republican candidate in the 1996 presidential primaries and 2000. He is the son of longtime Forbes publisher Malcolm Forbes and the grandson of that publication’s founder, B.C. Forbes.

Forbes was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Roberta Remsen (née Laidlaw) and Malcolm Forbes.[2][3] Forbes grew up in the town of Far Hills, New Jersey. Forbes attended the Far Hills Country Day School and graduated cum laude in 1966 from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts, and was in the Princeton class of 1970.[4] While at Princeton, Forbes founded his first magazine, Business Today, with two other students. Business Today is currently the largest student-run magazine in the world.[5]
Forbes is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and Tau Kappa Epsilon.[6]
He married Sabina Beekman in 1971[7]. They have five daughters; Sabina, Roberta, Catherine, Moira, and Elizabeth.[8]

In 1973, Mr. Forbes began writing his own column for his father’s magazine, Forbes. When his father died in 1990, he took over the magazine.[9]
In 1996, he entered the new media arena with the launch of Forbes.com. Now averaging 18 million unique monthly visitors, it has become a leading destination site for senior business decision-makers and investors. Other Forbes Web sites are: ForbesWoman.com; RealClearPolitics.com; RealClearMarkets.com; RealClearSports.com and RealClearWorld.com. Together with Forbes.com, these sites reach nearly 20 million business decision-makers each month.[10]
As the company’s flagship publication, Forbes, is the nations’ [United States’] leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Mr. Forbes writes editorials for each issue under the heading of “Fact and Comment.” A widely respected economic prognosticator, he is the only writer to have won the highly prestigious Crystal Owl Award by four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalists whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.[11]
He is a frequent panelist on the television program Forbes on Fox, which also features members of the Forbes magazine staff, and is shown Saturday mornings on Fox News Channel at 11:00 am EST.

In December 2006, Mr. Forbes joined the board of directors of the advocacy organization FreedomWorks. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Heritage Foundation, an influential Washington, D.C.-based public policy research institute. Mr. Forbes currently serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the National Taxpayers’ Union 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.[24] He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for ten years.


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