B.C. Forbes


Bertie Charles Forbes (; May 14, 1880 – May 6, 1954) was a
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financial journalist and author who founded ''
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'' magazine.

Life and career

Forbes was born in
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, in
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, the son of Agnes (Moir) and Robert Forbes, a storekeeper and tailor. After studying at
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(then part of the
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), in 1897 Forbes worked as a reporter and editorial writer with a local newspaper until 1901 when he moved to
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, South Africa, where he worked on the ''
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'' under its first editor, Edgar Wallace. He emigrated to
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New York City
in the United States in 1904 where he was employed as a writer and financial editor at the ''
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'' before joining the chain of newspapers as a syndicated columnist in 1911. He left Hearst after two years to become the business and financial editor at the ''
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'' where he remained until 1916. He founded ''Forbes'' magazine in 1917 and remained
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until his death in New York City in 1954, though assisted in his later years by Bruce Charles Forbes (1916–1964) and (1919–1990), his two eldest sons. Forbes was the founder of the Investors League in 1942. He died on May 6, 1954. His body was returned to his native
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, and lies buried in the New Deer Churchyard at Hill of Culsh in New Deer, Aberdeenshire.


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) *''
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'' (1927) *'' 101 Unusual Experiences'' (1952) *''America's Twelve Master Salesmen (''1952)


External links

Online Books by B. C. Forbes
The Online Books Page

at Syracuse University Special Collections Research Center {{DEFAULTSORT:Forbes, B.C. 1880 births 1954 deaths Alumni of the University of St Andrews Alumni of the University of Dundee American business writers American columnists American male journalists American magazine editors American magazine publishers (people) British business and financial journalists British business writers People from Buchan Scottish columnists Scottish emigrants to the United States Scottish journalists Scottish magazine editors Scottish magazine publishers (people) Scottish non-fiction writers South African people of Scottish descent Writers from New York City B.C. American financial writers