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The Forbes Magazine

About the Forbes Magazine

The Forbes Magazine as it is known today was founded back in 1917 by Bertie Charles (“B.C.”) Forbes, a business columnist for William Randolph Hearst’s newspaper chain, Forbes magazine was the only major business magazine in the United States throughout the 1920s. By 1930, however, two business magazines had joined the market: Business Week and Fortune. During the 1930s and into the 1940s, Forbes magazine’s circulation numbers fell behind those of its two competitors.

Working with his father, Forbes’s son Malcolm S. Forbes initiated several changes in the mid-1940s that increased circulation, including hiring a staff of writers to work exclusively for Forbes and starting the Forbes Investors Advisory Institute, an investment-advice service. Editors hired in the 1950s placed great emphasis upon factual accuracy, a move appreciated by businessmen, who increasingly viewed Forbes as a reliable source of financial information. The magazine enjoyed success throughout the 1970s and in 1982 launched the popular “Forbes Richest 400,” a list of the 400 wealthiest Americans. When Malcolm Forbes died in 1990, his son Steve Forbes became editor in chief. Under his leadership, Forbes launched several spin-off magazines, including Forbes Global Business and Finance (1998), and established international editions in Europe (1998) and Asia (2005). Since then, it has been American top business magazine owned by Forbes, Inc. Published biweekly, it features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, and law. Headquarters are in New York City. Though vetted contributors used to be able to blog about any topic, today they’re required to stick to their particular area of expertise. Additionally, Forbes contributors post directly to the live site, so it won’t go through an editor first. Editors may make minor changes after publication, and if writers veer too sharply off-topic, posts can be taken down altogether.

You can approach being published on Forbes in a couple of ways. You can submit a completed article (regardless of length) to opinion@forbes.com for consideration on one of their opinion pages. This content has to be original and exclusive to Forbes. If you’ve already published it somewhere else, they’ll reject it. Expect it to take several business days to review your content. If a week goes by and you haven’t heard from them, you can assume they aren’t interested and try to place your content elsewhere. If your goal is to become a regular Forbes contributor, you can apply via Google Form. In addition to your typical contact information, you’ll also be asked for LinkedIn and Twitter profiles, and ideas about what you want your page to be. You’ll also need to link to examples of your writing and explain why you’re qualified to have the page you envision.

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