TKE Announces 250,000th Initiate to be Steve Forbes
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity is proud to announce the 250,000th initiate of the organization will be Steve Forbes, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Media, LLC and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine. Forbes will be formally welcomed into the bond at the opening ceremony Thursday, August 6, of TKE's biennial Conclave celebration.
"We're very pleased to have Steve Forbes become a Teke," said Frater Kevin Mayeux, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of TKE. "Tau Kappa Epsilon has been the home to many of America's best and brightest - from Ronald Reagan to Mike Huckabee to Bob Barr, from Conrad Hilton to Charles Walgreen, Jr. to Howard Schultz. Steve Forbes continues this tradition as a respected leader in finance and politics, always acting in a way that is smart, measured, and honorable. We're pleased to have him join our Fraternity, helping TKE achieve its goal of building better men for a better world."
Prior to Forbes' initiation, he will be the special guest at the Life Loyal Teke reception being held in the Riverview Room at 5:30 PM on Thursday, August 6th. If you would like to sign up to be an LLT to attend this special event, click here. If you already are an LLT, please RSVP to attend this event.
This very exciting announcement comes at the heels of surpassing attendance numbers of 2005 and 2007 Conclaves. If you have still not signed up, there is still time to do so. Click here to sign up today.
The son of wealthy publisher Malcolm Forbes, Steve Forbes graduated from Princeton in 1970 and joined the family business, eventually becoming president and editor-in-chief of Forbes Magazine. In 1996, Forbes entered the GOP presidential primaries, with his family business giving him instant political credibility. He lost the nomination to Bob Dole. In 2000 he ran again, and was beaten for the nomination by eventual president George W. Bush.
Mr. Forbes is also Chairman of the company's American Heritage division, publisher of American Heritage magazine and two quarterlies, American Legacy and American Heritage of Invention & Technology.
The company's flagship publication, Forbes, is the nation's leading business magazine, with a circulation of more than 900,000. Forbes and Forbes Global together reach a worldwide audience of nearly five million readers.
Mr. Forbes writes editorials for each issue of Forbes 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 four times. The prize was formerly given by U.S. Steel Corporation to the financial journalist whose economic forecasts for the coming year proved most accurate.
In 1985, President Reagan (Iota, Eureka College)named Mr. Forbes Chairman of the bi-partisan Board for International Broadcasting (BIB). In this position, he oversaw the operation of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty. Broadcasting behind the Iron Curtain, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty were praised by Poland's Lech Walesa as being critical to the struggle against communism. Mr. Forbes was reappointed to his post by President George H. W. Bush and served until 1993.
Steve Forbes was born on July 18, 1947, in Morristown, New Jersey. He graduated cum laude in 1966 from Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts. He received a B.A. in history from Princeton in 1970. At Princeton, he was the founding editor of Business Today, which became the country's largest magazine published by students for students, with a circulation of 200,000. The magazine continues to be published today by Princeton undergraduates.
Mr. Forbes serves on the boards of The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, the Heritage Foundation 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. He served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University for ten years.