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.
Mr. Makoto Takano is CEO of Atomixmedia Inc., Editor-in-Chief of Forbes JAPAN, and Founder/CEO of D4V (Design for Ventures). Prior to joining Atomixmedia Inc., he was Managing Director and President of PIMCO Japan Ltd. Before joining PIMCO in 2001, he was head of marketing at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Mr. Takano’s prior experience also includes work at Daiwa Securities where he was head of the strategist team at Daiwa Institute of Research. Mr. Takano has published extensively on the capital markets. In 1992, he was awarded Securities Analysts Journal Prize by the Securities Analyst Association of Japan. He has also given lectures on asset management at Waseda University, Kyoto University, Nagoya University and Kobe University. He holds master’s and undergraduate degrees in engineering from Waseda University. He serves as Founding Board of Endeavor Japan, Senior Managing Director of Japan Venture Capital Association, Director of UWC ISAK Japan, Board Member of GHV Accelerator, Asia Pacific Initiative, and Human Rights Watch as well as Editorial Board of Tokyo Financial Research Co., Ltd.
Lawrence Ho is the Chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited (Nasdaq: MLCO) and Melco International Development Limited (HKEx: 200). He oversees the companies’ vision and strategy, with the goal to redefine gaming and entertainment by delivering iconic destinations for the Asian premium market. Since taking over Melco International in 2001, Lawrence commenced a decade-long transformation of the business into a pioneering leisure and entertainment group. He started leading Melco Resorts & Entertainment in 2004, with a clear vision to create premium Integrated Resorts that go beyond gaming.
Lawrence’s first casino hotel was Altira in 2007 in Taipa Macau, a 9-time winner of the “Forbes Travel Guide” for 5-star hotel and spa. He continued on by launching City of Dreams in 2009, which currently features numerous Michelin-starred restaurants. City of Dreams is also home to his latest hotel, Morpheus, which was launched in 2018. Morpheus is the world’s first ever free-form exoskeleton high-rise architectural masterpiece designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid and ranked in 2018 by Time Magazine as one of the World’s greatest places. Located across from the City of Dreams is Studio City, the cinematically-themed resort launched in 2015 that delivers unique and exhilarating guest experiences. Beyond Macau, Lawrence has expanded the Melco brand to the Philippines with City of Dreams Manila in 2015 and recently received Cyprus’ first and only casino license to launch City of Dreams Mediterranean in 2021.
Under Lawrence’s leadership, Melco destinations are internationally recognized for their singular focus on high-quality guest experiences through world-class entertainment, retail, dining, and hospitality. Melco’s properties showcase the record-breaking show “The House of Dancing Water” in collaboration with Franco Dragone, an original all-electric theatrical stunt show “Elēkrŏn” in partnership with Stufish, Asia’s largest Virtual Reality zone and Macau’s first ever EStadium. All of his properties have garnered industry recognition for excellence. Melco has over 360 awards to date; all of his properties have received the Forbes 5-star rating and his properties have the most Michelin stars in Macau. In 2018, Melco received the top number of entries for any integrated resort operator in the world, with its hotels and spas listed in the “Forbes Travel Guide 2018 World’s Most Luxurious Hotels/Spas”.
Lawrence is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and Vice Chairman of the All-China Federation of Industry and Commerce. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a bachelor's degree in commerce and was awarded an honorary doctorate by Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland.
Mr. Yoshito Hori established GLOBIS Management School in 1992 and GLOBIS Capital Partners in 1996. In 2003, GLOBIS started its original MBA program which, in 2006, gained “university” status. GLOBIS started a part-time MBA program in English in 2009 and a full-time MBA program in English in 2012.
A Harvard MBA graduate and former Sumitomo Corporation employee, Mr. Hori founded the EO Japan Chapter in 1995 and became the first board member from Asia in charge of Asia Pacific region in 1996. He also served on the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s New Asian Leaders Executive Committee and Global Agenda Council on New Models of Leadership, as well as the Harvard Business School Alumni Board from 2005 to 2008. Currently, Mr. Hori serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Wilson Center (based in the US).
In 2008, he launched the G1 Summit - a Japanese version of the WEF's annual Davos Forum. This led to the foundation of G1 Institute in 2013, which Mr. Hori serves as President, and Mr Hori's publication of "100 Actions," a vision for a better Japan.
Just days after a huge earthquake struck northeast Japan in March 2011, Mr. Hori launched Project KIBOW to support the rebuilding of the disaster-affected areas. Mr. Hori now serves as the President of the KIBOW Foundation and manages the KIBOW Impact Investment.
An avid enthusiast of the Japanese game Go since age 40, Mr. Hori has been Director of the Nihon Ki-in (Japan Go Association) since June 2013. He also serves as Ambassador for his hometown Mito City and Ibaraki Prefecture. In April, 2016, he purchased the Ibaraki Robots Sports Entertainment and serves as its CEO and principal owner.
He has authored several books including “Visionary Leaders who Create and Innovate Societies”, “Six Dimensions of Life”, and “My Personal Mission Statement”.
Mr. Hori received his BS in Engineering from Kyoto University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
He is an avid swimmer and enjoys spending time with his family, especially his five sons.
Dr AU King Lun is Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of Value Partners Group, responsible for the Group’s business and corporate affairs. He joined Value Partners in December 2016, bringing decades of asset management industry experience to his role.
Previously, Dr AU was CEO of Eastspring Investments (Hong Kong) Limited and BOCHK Asset Management Limited. He also held various senior management positions at other financial institutions including HSBC Global Asset Management (Hong Kong) Limited. Dr AU was named CEO of the Year in Hong Kong by Asia Asset Management in 2012 and 2014. He was awarded the Medal of Honour (“MH”) by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“Hong Kong SAR”) for his valuable contributions to the securities and asset management industry in 2008.
Currently, Dr AU is an Index Advisory Committee Member of the Shanghai Stock Exchange as well as the China Securities Index Co., Ltd. He also sits on the Advisory Committee of Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission and the Market Development Committee of the Financial Services Development Council (“FSDC”). In addition, he was the Chairman of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute from 2006 to 2008 and the Chairman of the Hong Kong Investment Funds Association in 2004/2005.
Dr AU holds a CFA, and he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Oxford and a PhD in Theoretical Particle Physics from Durham University.
Mr. Krishna Kumar Bangur is the Chairman of Graphite India Limited, the largest producer of graphite electrodes in India. He has been exposed to business and industry at an early age and has over 30 years of experience in managing the affairs of various companies. He has been a director of the Company since July 1988 and Chairman since July 1993.
Under his leadership, the Company’s turnover has risen manifold from Rs.1,570 mn in 1994 to Rs.32910 mn in FY 2017-18. The Company was selected for 2 years in a row by Forbes as one amongst the top 200 best companies under billion dollars outside USA for the years 2003 and 2004.
He is also on the Board of Directors of number of other Indian Companies.
He is a Past President of Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and All India Organization of Employers (AIOE). He is also a National Executive Committee Member of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) since 1993.
Melvin Ang is the Founder, Executive Chairman and Executive Director of mm2 Asia, responsible for supervising the overall business operations and management of the Group, as well as business planning and providing executive leadership and supervision to the Group's Senior Management team. Mr Ang graduated from Macquarie University with an MBA in 1996. In August 1997, he was employed by the Television Corporation of Singapore as Vice President, Business Development. Mr Ang was subsequently employed by SPH MediaWorks Ltd as its Chief Operating Officer of its Media Business Group between November 2000 and April 2003.
Between July 2003 and March 2007, Mr Ang was employed as Managing Director of MediaCorp Studios. Before setting up mm2 Malaysia and mm2 Singapore in January 2009, he served as Media Prima Berhad’s Executive Advisor between July 2007 and December 2008.
Tim Ferguson is Editor of Forbes Asia, the English-language publication of Forbes magazine in the Asia/Pacific region, and posts on international topics at Forbes.com. He is based in the company's New Jersey headquarters.
Mr. Ferguson joined Forbes as its West Coast Bureau Manager in 1995. He served as Assistant Managing Editor from 1998 to 2001, when he became global editor. Prior to joining Forbes, he spent 12 years at The Wall Street Journal as Editorial Features Editor, Business World Columnist and Member of the Editorial Board.
Mr. Ferguson also sits on the board of the Overseas Press Club Foundation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in NYC. He has twice been a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and holds a BA in Economics from Stanford.
Tim Ferguson’s blog address: http://blogs.forbes.com/timferguson
Rana joined the Forbes’ Hong Kong office as a Senior Digital Editor in October 2015 to kickstart Forbes’ successful Under 30 franchise in the APAC region. She has since edited all three editions of the 30 Under 30 Asia list and directed the programming for Forbes Under 30 Asia Summits. Apart from building Asia’s network of successful young entrepreneurs through this annual list, Rana has been recently promoted to be a key member of Forbes Asia operations, handling special projects that seek to expand the brand’s footprint in the region.
Born and bred in Beirut, Lebanon – Rana’s eclectic journey has taken her from Dubai to Singapore and now Hong Kong where she’s worked at global newsrooms taking on various editorial roles, last of which is APAC Group Editor in Chief for the Paris-based Reworld Media where she launched two lifestyle and fashion websites (Marie France Asia and BE Asia) setting their editorial strategy and growing their audience from day one. Before that, she ran an editorial fashion blog which focused on emerging Asian designers and grew a large following in Singapore and beyond.
Be it tech or fashion - Rana is always inspired by the creativity, energy and talent of those who dare to take a risk and follow their passion – something she personally thrives on.
Fascinated by Asia and its diverse culture, Rana loves to travel around the region and she’s equally fond of Asimov’s sci-fi novels and her skyhigh heels.