Christopher ("Kip") Forbes is the Vice Chairman of Forbes, the media company founded by his grandfather in 1917. In that capacity Mr. Forbes develops and maintains relationships with entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world.
In 1972, Mr. Forbes joined the advertising sales staff of Forbes. In 1977, he became a Director of Forbes Inc.; in 1979, Vice President and Associate Publisher. In January 1989, Mr. Forbes was named Vice Chairman
Mr. Forbes has served on the boards of a number of museums both in the U.S. and abroad. He is currently Chairman of the American Friends of the Louvre and on the Advisory Board of the Princeton University Art Museum as well as a board member of the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty Foundation. Mr. Forbes has organized many exhibitions and written several books, articles, and catalogues devoted to Victorian art and Fabergé.
In November 2011 Mr. Forbes was promoted to the rank of Officier of the Legion of Honor by the French Government having been named a Chevalier in December 2003. He is also a Knight of The Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
Mr. Forbes was born December 5, 1950 in Morristown, New Jersey. He attended St. Mark's School, Southborough, Massachusetts; the Ecole Nouvelle de la Suisse Romande, Lausanne, Switzerland, and in 1972, he was graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a B.A. degree in Art History. In May 1986, Mr. Forbes was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Southern New Hampshire University.