Rich Karlgaard

Forbes Publisher and Global Futurist, Economic Leader, Entrepreneur & Author

Rich Karlgaard is the Publisher and Global Futurist of Forbes Media. In each issue of Forbes magazine, he conducts a featured CEO interview known for its keen assessment of technology, economic, business and leadership issues.

He has been a regular panelist on one of cable news' most popular business shows, “Forbes on FOX,” since the show’s inception in 2001. He is a co-founder of Upside magazine, Garage Technology Partners (with Guy Kawasaki) and Silicon Valley’s premier public business forum, the 7,500-member Churchill Club. For the latter, Karlgaard won an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Karlgaard’s 2014 book on innovation culture, “The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success,” rapidly became Amazon’s top seller in the category of Strategy and Competition. Management guru Tom Peters wrote, “‘The Soft Edge’ is brilliantly organized and written – and its peerless message is right on the money for our chaotic times.” Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen wrote, “Rich Karlgaard is a navigator for the rest of us.”

“The Soft Edge” made the lists of top business books of 2014 for Inc., Time.com, Value Walk, 800-CEO-READ, Huffington Post, and Forbes India.

His 2015 book, “Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Organizations,” was published in 2015. It was endorsed by Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, and Fred Smith, CEO of FedEx.

Karlgaard is an active investor and board participant. His past board affiliations include Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Silicon Valley’s Churchill Club. He is currently a board advisory member of C3IoT, a leading Internet of Things platform company founded and run by Tom Siebel. Karlgaard holds a B.A. from Stanford University.