Rich Karlgaard is the publisher of Forbes magazine, where he writes a featured column, "Innovation Rules," known for its keen assessment of technology, business and leadership issues.
Rich has been a regular panelist on cable news' most popular business show, Forbes on FOX, since the show’s inception in 2001. He was a co-founder of Upside magazine, Garage Technology Partners (with Guy Kawasaki) and Silicon Valley’s premier public business forum, the 7,500-member Churchill Club. For the latter, he received a Northern California Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst & Young.
Rich's 2004 book,"Life 2.0," was a Wall Street Journal business bestseller.
"The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success," published in 2014, rapidly became Amazon’s top seller in the Strategy and Competition category. Management guru Tom Peters wrote in the book’s foreword: “The Soft Edge is brilliantly organized and written—and its peerless message is right on the money for our chaotic times.” His next book, "Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Organizations," will be published in July, 2015, by HarperCollins.
Born in Bismarck, North Dakota, Rich grew up in an athletic family. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in political science and is an instrument-rated pilot.