|Born||Malcolm Stevenson Forbes
19 August 1919
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||24 February 1990
Far Hills, New Jersey
|Education||A.B., 1941. Political science|
|Alma mater||Lawrenceville School, Princeton University|
|Known for||Promotion of capitalism, lavish lifestyle, art collection, motorcycling, ballooning|
|Net worth||$400 million to $1 billion|
|Term||New Jersey State Senator (1951â€“58)|
|Spouse(s)||Roberta Remsen Laidlaw|
|Children||Steve Forbes, Christopher Forbes|
|Parent(s)||B. C. Forbes|
|Relatives||Forbes family (publishers)|
|Awards||Motorcycle Hall of Fame 1999
New Jersey Hall of Fame 2008
|Service/branch||United States Army|
|Years of service||1941â€“1946|
|Unit||334th Infantry Regiment, 84th Infantry Division|
|Awards||Bronze Star Medal
The biggest mistake people make in life is not trying to make a living at doing what they most enjoy.
Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.
Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he's hired to do.
Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.
Few businessmen are capable of being in politics, they don't understand the democratic process, they have neither the tolerance or the depth it takes. Democracy isn't a business.
It is all one to me if a man comes from Sing Sing Prison or Harvard. We hire a man, not his history.
If you don't know what to do with many of the papers piled on your desk, stick a dozen colleagues initials on them and pass them along. When in doubt, route.
Anyone who says businessmen deal in facts, not fiction, has never read old five-year projections.
What's an expert? I read somewhere, that the more a man knows, the more he knows, he doesn't know. So I suppose one definition of an expert would be someone who doesn't admit out loud that he knows enough about a subject to know he doesn't really know how much.
When things are bad, we take comfort in the thought that they could always get worse. And when they are, we find hope in the thought that things are so bad they have to get better.
Keeping score of old scores and scars, getting even and one-upping, always makes you less than you are.
Thinking well to be wise: planning well, wiser: doing well wisest and best of all.
It's so much easier to suggest solutions when you don't know too much about the problem.