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Economic & Business Innovation Thought Leader, Publisher and Columnist for Forbes, Entrepreneur & Author

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About Rich Karlgaard

  • A respected forecaster of how events and upcoming trends—tech, financial markets and especially the impact of Washington politics—will affect business and the economy
  • As a journalist, private investor, TV commentator and board director, he offers firsthand perspective on what’s driving the global marketplace
  • An expert on successful corporate culture, he reveals how organizations can attain a sustainable competitive advantage in a fast-changing world

Entrepreneur-turned-publisher, columnist, author, television commentator, private investor and board director, Rich Karlgaard offers a unique vantage point on the trends driving the business and investment climates. His insights help audiences see the global marketplace with new eyes.

Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he also writes a biweekly column, Innovation Rules, known for its witty and honest assessment of technology trends and current business issues. He’s a regular panelist on cable news’ most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, and is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page.

A successful entrepreneur and past winner of Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Award,” Karlgaard understands firsthand the difficulties of navigating in today’s business climate and the opportunities available to those who have the courage to reach out for them.

His assessment of technology trends, U.S. and global economic forces, and current business and political issues gives audiences solid insights they can use to make better business and investment decisions.

With a remarkable ability to connect with audiences, Karlgaard shows his quick mind and even quicker sense of humor during lively, unscripted question and answer periods. Unfailingly gracious, Karlgaard puts forth his insights for others to consider in a way that helps them see the events that are changing their world—especially the impact of Washington politics—on business and innovation.

In his book, The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success, Karlgaard shares a surprising third element in addition to perceptive strategy and superb execution that’s required to gain the competitive advantage. Karlgaard is also the co-author of Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations.


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Sovereign Wealth Fund of Singapore

Deeply insightful and tremendously impressive.'

Lockheed Martin Corporation

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TriWest Capital Partners

'Loved your presentation style, the relevance of your topics, and your knowledge.'

Illinois Bankers Association

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National Petrochemical Refiners Association

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Economic Development Partnership of Alabama

'The best speaker we've ever had.'


'Always an outstanding moderator and speaker.'


'I liked Rich Karlgaard's book, The Soft Edge, so much that I read it twice. I knew we wanted him to speak about it to our company's top 1,000 executives. He was great.'

Kevin Turner
Greater New Orleans Inc.

'Best speaker we've ever had.'

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