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Singapore, 16 April 2001 - Forbes Magazine, America's best-read business publication, will be bringing its first-ever Forbes Global CEO Conference to Singapore this September 19-20, 2001.

For the past six years, CEOs from around the globe have left their boardrooms to join a special group of top-level executives at the Forbes CEO Forum in the US. This year, for the first time, Forbes Magazine will bring this prestigious event to Asia. The theme of the conference is "Entrepreneurship, Technology and Business Leadership in the 21st Century".

The Forbes Global CEO Conference will bring together 300-350 invited CEOs from Asia, US and Europe to share their insights on how technology and entrepreneurship impact their businesses and the global economy.

Steve Forbes, President, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, and Caspar Weinberger, Chairman, will be speaking at the conference, as will Forbes Inc. colleagues Rich Karlgaard, Publisher of Forbes Magazine, and Lawrence Minard, Editor of Forbes Global.

Other confirmed speakers of the conference include Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew, BG Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore and Mr. Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister for Communications and Information Technology, as well as Guy Kawasaki, CEO of, Prof. John Kao, Chairman and CEO of The Idea Factory, Brian Larcombe, CEO of 3i Group, Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman of Singapore Telecommunications, Victor Fung, Chairman of Li & Fung, Yang Lan, CEO of Sun Television and many other business leaders from around the world.

"We at Forbes are pleased to bring our CEO Conference to Asia for the first time," said Mr. Christopher Forbes, Vice Chairman of Forbes Inc. "Hosting this conference in Singapore marks another important milestone in our goal of making Forbes Asia's Number One business magazine, as it is in the United States."

Singapore was chosen as the venue for the first-ever Forbes Global CEO Conference due to its world-class infrastructure and its technopreneurial environment.

"We are delighted that Forbes has decided on Singapore for their inaugural global conference, "says Mr. Teo Ming Kian, Chairman, EDB. "The Conference, which is a Singapore Inc. effort, presents the various government agencies with an excellent opportunity to showcase how we collectively create a compelling hub for business. Hosting the Conference is also in line with our vision of making Singapore a nexus for the exchange of new ideas and innovative business models."

The Forbes Global CEO Conference is endorsed by Singpore Inc., a group of Singapore government agencies. The Singapore Economic Development Board has taken the lead in helping to bring this event to Singapore. Other supporting government agencies include the Infocomm Development Authority, JTC Corporation, Monetary Authority of Singapore, National Science and Technology Board, Singapore Productivity and Standards Board, Singapore Tourism Board, Trade Development Board and Contact Singapore.

Confirmed corporate sponsors of the conference include The Citigroup Private Bank, Qwest, MasterCard International and BMW.

Forbes will also publish a special feature, in conjunction with the conference, that will appear in Forbes Global and Forbes ASAP. Sponsors and advertisers can leverage on this opportunity to reach out to the business leaders who will be attending the conference as well as Forbes readers worldwide.

Forbes Vice President/Managing Director - Asia, Mr. William Adamopoulos, is available for interview on this conference. If you would like further information on the Forbes Global CEO Conference, please contact:

Tina Wee
Deputy Director, Marketing Communications/Services
DID: +65 739 7139
Phone: +65 836 3408
Fax: +65 836 3409

Confirmed Speakers and Guests Include:


  • Steve Forbes, President, Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief, Forbes

  • The Hon. Caspar W. Weinberger, Chairman, Forbes

  • Rich Karlgaard, Publisher, Forbes Magazine

  • Lawrence Minard, Editor, Forbes Global

  • Lee Kuan Yew, Senior Minister, Republic of Singapore

  • BG (NS) Lee Hsien Loong, Deputy Prime Minister, The Republic of Singapore

  • Yeo Cheow Tong, Minister, Communications and Information Technology, Republic of Singapore

  • Brian Larcombe, Chief Executive, 3i Group

  • Edward Tian, CEO, China Netcom

  • Gordon Astles, President Asia Pacific, CISCO Systems

  • Guy Kawasaki, Chief Executive Officer,

  • Merle Hinrichs, Chairman and CEO, Global Sources

  • Lance Y. Gokongwei, Executive VP, JG Summit Holdings

  • Dr Victor K. Fung, Chairman, Li and Fung

  • Ross Lau, President International, Qwest International

  • Robert Howe, Chairman and CEO, Scient

  • Wang Zhidong, President and Chief Executive Officer,

  • Koh Boon Hwee, Chairman, Singapore Telecommunications

  • Yang Lan, Founder, Sun Television Cybernetworks Holdings

  • Lise Buyer, Partner, Technology Partners

  • Prof. John J Kao, Founder and CEO, The Idea Factory

  • Steven Chang, CEO and Chairman, Trend Micro

  • Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Managing Director of YTL Corporation

About Forbes Magazine

Forbes, founded in 1917 by B.C., is the preeminent fortnightly business magazine for enthusiasts and participants on the great capitalist game. The America's Number One business magazine has a worldwide circulation of 1,010,000. Each issue anticipates major trends, identifies new business opportunities and offers clear business lessons. From companies, management strategies and technology to investing and global economics, Forbes is ahead of the news revealing what's new and what's next. In short, Forbes offers perspective in the world inundated with business news, making it the favorite of "hard core capitalist" and advertisers alike, That's why Forbes attracts the most affluent and influential readership of any business magazine.

Forbes Global, launched in March 1998, is the international edition of the US-based Forbes magazine. It has a worldwide paid circulation of 110,000 from January 2001. A fortnightly business magazine edited for top management, entrepreneurs and those aspiring to positions of corporate leadership. This new generation of internationally minded individuals is bound together by an unshakeable belief in the spirit of free enterprise. They possess a clear understanding that global competition and free markets have created unprecedented opportunities for business growth and the creation of wealth worldwide. Forbes Global digs deeper into every story to predict, not just report, and to identify the upcoming trends that fuel both digital revolution and this period of economic prosperity in much of the world.

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