Rich Karlgaard

Editor-at-Large / Global Futurist


Rich Karlgaard is the former publisher Forbes (1998-2018) and its current futurist and editor-at-large. He writes the “Tech Connect” column for Forbes Asia and is principal moderator at the annual Forbes Global CEO Conference. He is a speaker and panel moderator at business and financial events around the world.Karlgaard’s 2014 book on innovation culture, The Soft Edge, examined successful corporate cultures. It featured an afterword by the late Harvard Business School professor, Clayton Christensen. Karlgaard’s 2015 book, Team Genius, was praised by Microsoft CEO, Satya Nadella.His 2019 book, Late Bloomers, was favorably reviewed by National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, and Wall Street Journal, which selected Late Bloomers for its C-Suite book club.Karlgaard holds a B.A. from Stanford University. He is a past winner of the Northern California E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award for his role in founding the Churchill Club, a Silicon Valley business network that operated from 1985 to 2020.