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Class of 1972

A 1972 graduate of Bismarck High School, Rich Karlgaard has been the Publisher of Forbes Magazine since 1998. Considered to be the world's most popular business financial magazine, it is read by 4.5 million each issue. Karlgaard has a column, Digital Rules, in each issue.

In 1992, Rich joined Forbes to start the technology magazine Forbes ASAP, along with Forbes chief executive officer and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes and the futurist writer George Gilder. At Forbes ASAP, Rich commissioned original works by Tom Wolfe, Gore Vidal, John Updike, and other notable American writers.

Karlgaard has been an accomplished entrepreneur. He co-founded two companies, Garage Technology Ventures in 1997 and Upside Magazine in 1988; and one civic organization, the 2500-member Churchill Club, in 1985. For the latter, Rich was a winner of Ernst & Young's Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year Award. His board-of-director affiliations include, Garage Technology Ventures, and Extend America.

Rich has been a regular host on Fox News Channel's Forbes on Fox and has appeared on ABC's Nightline and CNN's Digital Jam. He is also an acclaimed public speaker for which he travels all over the world. As a licensed private pilot, Rich used his plane to tour the country gathering information for his book: "Life 2.0". In this 2004 best seller, he examined people across America who are transforming their lives by finding the "where of their happiness."

Rich is a graduate of Stanford University and lives with his wife and two children in Northern California.

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