Forbes
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Many magazines publish lists, ranking best and worst and most improved, but Forbes alone can claim its readership is on the list. Each year, the magazine names the richest people and the biggest companies, and those very folks subscribe to this nervy and sly business pub. Forbes covers global business stories with insight, solid sourcing, and the sort of groupie zeal usually reserved for fanzines. No merger, new ad campaign, or lawsuit goes unnoticed and stories always focus on the movers who are shaking things up. Read Forbes to make sense of today's volatile market--or just for the sheer pleasure of reading good reporting. --Edith Sorenson

Forbes focuses on top management and those aspiring to positions of corporate leadership in business. This insider publication features information on successful companies and individuals, industries, marketing, law, taxes, technology, computers, communications, investments, management performance

Customer Reviews:

  • Not As Good As It Used to Be -- Still the Best
    I agree that it's not as good as it used to be, but it's still the best. It seems that there has been an across-the-board change toward the 30-second sound bites. You only see some of that in Forbes, but it's annoying. If I want that, I can go online to any of the major news networks.

    Forbes still has the best financial and business analysis for the U.S. The Economist might edge it out on international issues, but that's not an apples-to-apples comparison. It beats Business Week and the other domestic rags.

    The only complaint is the number of multi-page ads in the middle of the story and it being hard to see where the ad ends and the story continues. That may be by design, but it's annoying.

    Another good thing about Forbes is that it's written well. It's like the Atlantic for the business world. I currently subscribe to both and have subscribed, at one time or another, to the other magazines that I've mentioned as well....more info
  • My Favorite Investment Magazine
    As humble retirees we find the economic & business analysis are "right on the money". We are using these insights to help convert our 401K to an IRA and minimize further loses. We also subscribe to Smart Money, WSJ and Kiplinger.

    In addition we both enjoy the savvy fiscal and monetary analysis, it always makes perfect sense and is argued with unrivaled clarity. For example, the ideas for standardizing the currency are not only well reasoned but necessary. Imagine if we played around with the units of time, what would happen? If a minute suddenly became 65 seconds, planes would be colliding and industry would grind to a halt. Hospitals would be danger zones. If a foot became 12.5 inches tomorrow then 14 next year, bridges and buildings would collapse. So why is it acceptable to mess around with our unit of currency, no wonder there has been so much uncertainty in investment planning and so much economic destruction.

    If more people read and understood what Forbes is clearly explaining we would not be in this mess. Thank you Forbes for bringing this and so many issues to our attention. Keep it coming.
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  • Excellent
    I am young businesswoman and I have found this magazine informative, invaluable and inspiring. I recommended it for anyone who takes pleasure in reading about the triumphs of the most intelligent and resourceful men and women of our time....more info
  • Love the Mag........however
    The subscription came in a month, which is super fast. After reading my first issue......I've come to the conclusion that this a magazine for intermediate to advance readers. Not that much focused on personal financing. ...more info
  • Reliable so far
    I just received the first copy of my subscription made through amazon. So far so good -- the first copy came within around 4 weeks from the subscription date. Only concern is that they have sent me 2 forbes magazines which i hadn't requested (forbes life and forbes investment guide, both for the current month) . Hopefully they don't count this to the total number of issues!...more info
  • Don't waste your money unless you're in the top .01% income and a Right Wing Conservative...
    I am a middle of the road Independent and a solid middle class worker, and this magazine has absolutely nothing of interest to me. Total waste of money....more info
  • Replaced Fortune with Forbes
    After subscribing to Fortune for years, I now only read Forbes. While Fortune offered great articles, most were very wordy. With little time to devote to reading, Forbes articles are to the point, well written, and offer a similar content (read take-away) as Fortune. If time were not a factor, I would read both. Forbes provides a different "flavor" than the other periodicals available.
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  • Another billionaire ranking? Where's the business news?!?
    Forbes has some problems:
    1. each issue features yet more conservative opinions promoting trickle down theory. If you want to read articles written by Steve Forbes complaining about having to pay taxes, this is for you!
    2. after the Steve Forbes commentary, you find yet another billionaire or celebrity salary ranking. If you like to brown nose rich people, this is for you!

    There is very little investment or actual business advice. Don't even waste your time or money on this magazine, it serves no practical purpose....more info
  • Best of the Big Three
    If someone put a gun to my head and told me I had to choose between Forbes, Fortune and BusinessWeek, I'd go with Forbes. The articles seem crisper to me, and they have an attitude about them. You never have any doubt about where Forbes stands on something.

    I also like the fact that they don't seem beholden to the news cycle. Some of their best stories come from digging up up the story you *don't* see everywhere else. If you want day-to-day news, you can always turn to daily sources like the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, then use Forbes to get your 'Fact and Comment' (the name of Steve Forbes' bi-weekly contribution, by the way).

    In fact, the beginning of the magazine alone is worth the subscription price:

    - 'Flashback' follows up on previus stories that have appeared in Forbes. Yes, they'll gloat if they got the story right, but more importantly they'll take 40 lashes if they called it wrong.

    - 'Fact and Comment' by Steve Forbes is always a good read...maybe it was better in the days of Clinton; Forbes differences with Bush are not as sharp of course, but terrorism and tax cuts are red meat subjects for him.

    - The 'Current Events' column in a pleasure to read. You get rotating columns by Lee Kuan Yew, Paul Johnson, Ernesto Zedillo and Caspar Weinberger. Wow, talk about a world-class crew.

    - Most underrated part of the magazine - Rich Karlgaard's column. Rich is the Publisher of Forbes, and his column is called 'Digital Rules' It's excellent writing. Always provocative and timely.

    A subscription to Forbes would make a great gift to anyone interested in business. It's a bargain at this price....more info

  • I'm Not in the Forbes 400, Yet . . .
    I've been a Forbes subscriber for years. I scan each page of every issue and read many of the articles and columns--something I don't do with most of the other magazines I receive. You don't have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to find information that will help you run your business or manage your investments. The articles are well-written and to the point, and the magazine is a pleasure to read. Several regular columns offer insight and analysis unlike I've found anywhere else.

    If you want to know what is really going on in business, Forbes is the magazine to read. Subscribers also get supplemental publications, including the Best of the Web and FYI. FYI is a lifestyle magazine and, well, it's not my lifestyle. But articles by contributors such as P.J. O'Rourke and editor Christopher Buckley are a delight.

    Even though I'm not on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest people, if I keep reading and following their advice, maybe I'll get there!...more info

  • The easiest read of the Business magazines
    Forbes is by far the easiest to read for a non-specialist like me (I am a writer) and therefore essential reading for those of us who want to know what is going on in the business world who don't know all the endless jargon that the more specialist magazines tend to use. This is my magazine of choice when I spend time in the USA writing books (which includes the forbes.com bookclub book CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS AND ISLAMIC RAGE, Zondervan, 2003) - that book club being another benefit of a subscription...more info
  • Unabashedly capitalist, boldly conservative
    If you are sensative about your politics then this magazine will have a profound effect upon you. Liberal? You'll hate it - and miss its more subtle and profound insights into raw capitalism. Conservative? You'll love it - and miss its more subtle and profound insights into raw capitalism.

    Forbes must be read with an open mind. It is unabashedly capitalist, boldly conservative, and stunningly pro-business. But it's editorial arguments (the various editorals are its best feature) are always intelligently written and very effectively made. Regardless of your personal views you will find the opinions compelling. This magazine will make you think and, as a result, you'll get more than your money's worth from your subscription.

    Each issue also offers a variety of thoroughly explained investment recommendations, analysis of current economic and business conditions, extended articles on major topics of the day. Most fun, however, are the periodic 'annual issues' such as "The Forbes 400" (Fascinating. Again, regardless of your personal views you won't be able to put this issue down).

    Forbes' unapologetic focus on wealth and profits will irritate some, inspire others, and fascinate all.
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  • Not as good as it used to be
    i've been a Forbes reader for more than 20 years. They used to be the best; especially in exposing crooks. but in the last two or three years, they have started mixing political content into the news pages. Their columnists are interesting and have every right to express an opinion - and that's where i expect to find the opinions. but news articles are tending to look more like product placements, written to support a certain point of view instead of to tell both sides of a story impartially. It has becoome the moral equivalent of Fox for business. Fine if you want to read politics, but not where you go for the whole story....more info
  • Superb
    Great articles that keep you up to date on what is going on globally. There are plenty of pieces on topics that you will not hear about in the WSJ or CNBC. Do keep in mind that Forbes is temporally minded. If you think it will take you a while to get to reading each issue, it may not be as useful....more info
  • not one copy
    I ordered this magazine on sept. 19 and as of nov. 4th I haven't received one copy....more info