Forbes commemorates 100th anniversary with NYC celebration and special edition magazine issue

Turning 100 is a big deal — especially when you’ve only become more successful and refined as time has gone on.

And since most of us will never live to see an entire century (#morbid), it’s safe to say a centenarian deserves to be celebrated.

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So who better to celebrate than the leading business media giant that is Forbes?

The company kicked off their 100th year on September 19th at Pier Sixty in Manhattan with arguably the most innovative and successful guest list the city’s ever seen — from fashion to notoriety, this soirée was the equivalent of the Met Gala for the business world (guests must have been running to Rent The Runway for dresses!)

Distinguished guests included the world’s “greatest living business minds” and featured key remarks from Mike Perlis, Forbes Media CEO and Executive Chairman, Steve Forbes, Forbes Media Chairman and Editor-in-Chief and Warren Buffett, Chief Executive Officer, Berkshire Hathaway.

Watch Buffett's heartwarming speech below:

Guests were also priveleged enough to enjoy a private, surprise performance by Stevie Wonder, who even brought Buffett himself up on stage for a truly one-of-a-kind duet!

Take a look at the honorees and other guests below:

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Honorees of Forbes’ Greatest Living Business Minds List gather on stage at Forbes’ Centennial Celebration. From left to right: Jeff Koons, Artist; Henry Kravis, Co-Founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.; Philip Anschutz (behind Kravis), Head of AEG and Owner of the Los Angeles Galaxy; Yuri Miller, Founder of DST Global; Arthur Blank, Co-Founder, Home Depot, and Owner, Atlanta Falcons; Patrice Motsepe, Africa’s First Black Billionaire; Jack Bogle, Founder and Retired Chairman of Vanguard; Jacqueline Novogratz, Founder, Acumen Fund; Eli Broad, Founder, SunAmerica Inc. and KB Home; James Patterson, Author;Steve Case, Co-Founder of AOL, Co-Founder, Revolution; Martine Rothblatt, Founder, Sirius, United Therapeutics; Morris Chang, Chairman and CEO of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company; Jim Collins, Consultant and Author; Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of Chobani Yogurt; Sean “Diddy” Combs, Hip Hop Mogul, Fashion Mogul, Liquor Mogul; Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway; Craig Venter, Founder, Celera Genomics, Human Genome Sequencer; Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates; Sandy Weill, Banker and Financier, Former CEO of Citigroup; Larry Gagosian, Owner of Gagosian Art Galleries; Jack Welch, Former CEO of GE, Executive Chairman, Jack Welch Management Institute; Louis Gerstner, Former CEO of IBM; Muhammed Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank, Nobel Peace Prize Winner; Dan Gilbert, Chairman and Founder of Rock Ventures and Quicken Loans Inc.; Steve Wynn, Founder of Mirage Resorts and Wynn Resorts; Steve Forbes, Editor in Chief of Forbes; T. Boone Pickens, Hedge Fund Manager; Jerry Jones, Owner, Dallas Cowboys. 

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Warren Buffett joins other members of Forbes’ Greatest Business Minds list to discuss Forbes’ legacy of journalism and his optimism for the U.S. for the next 100 years. From left to right: Hamdi Ulukaya, Founder of Chobani Yogurt; Sean “Diddy” Combs, Hip Hop Mogul, Fashion Mogul, Liquor Mogul; Warren Buffett, CEO, Berkshire Hathaway; Craig Venter, Founder, Celera Genomics, Human Genome Sequencer; Ray Dalio, Founder of Bridgewater Associates; Sandy Weill, Banker and Financier, Former CEO of Citigroup; Larry Gagosian, Owner of Gagosian Art Galleries; Jack Welch, Former CEO of GE

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Forbes Editor Randall Lane with Warren Buffett at Forbes’ Centennial Celebration on September 19th in NYC

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Sean “Diddy” Combs greets Steve Forbes with a kiss as he takes the stage to join other members of Forbes’ Greatest Business Minds List. 

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The event came alongside the release of Forbes magazine special edition cenetennial issue, which features personal essays and lessons learned on everything from ‘Empathy’ by Sheryl Sandberg to ‘Revolution’ by Bill Gates.

If you’re going to read one thing this year with the hopes of bettering the whole person, let this be your go-to, as Forbes editor Randall Lane explained:

“Shepherding a brand like Forbes that’s iconic for entrepreneurial capitalism, we thought it important to both salute the last century and look towards the next one. In assembling what we believe to be the greatest-ever collection of business essayists and portraits, featuring the 100 greatest living business minds and their lessons for the next 100 years, we think this issue would make our founder B.C. Forbes proud."

Here were 9 standout quotes from the 100 business geniuses featured in the issue:

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Sheryl Sandberg, on empathy:

"We are better employees when we stop trying to be two people and bring our whole self to work. that doesn’t mean working around the clock. it means sharing what you are going through so that other people can empathize and help you."

Elon Musk, on foresight:

"We’re the first species capable of self-annihilation, and it’s extremely likely, given enough time. The question: Can we get ahead of it?"

Sean Parker, on innovation:

"I have always chosen to ignore the conventional wisdom in favor of the ideas that interested me. Inventing the future starts with intellectual curiosity — along with a healthy dose of skepticism."

Warren Buffett, on investing:

"Find a good business — and one that i can understand why it's good — with a durable, competitive advantage, run by able and honest people, and available at a price that makes sense.”

Jack Dorsey, on mistakes:

“My biggest mistake was thinking i shouldn’t show my mistakes — I learned I should.”

Mark Zuckerberg, on motivation:

“People often ask me for advice about starting a company, and I always tell them your goal should never be starting a company. Focus on the change you want to make, find the people who share your same purpose, and eventually you may have an opportunity to build something that helps create purpose for others and has a positive impact on the world.”

Bill Gates, on revolution:

“Because it's so easy for someone with a great idea to share it with the world in an instant, the pace of innovation is accelerating — and that opens up more areas than ever for exploration.”

Richard Branson, on risk:

“We take tons of risks in life, whether personal risks or business risks. We sometimes fall flat on our face. But people don’t mind people who try things and fail.”

Michael Bloomberg, on risk/reward:

"Organizations resist innovation — and those that do inevitably fail — because people are more comfortable with what they know than with what they don’t."

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For the list of the 100 Greatest Business Minds, visit here.

RELATED: The best US business schools in 2018

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20. Emory University (Goizueta) (GA)

Full-time enrollment: 350

2016-2017 tuition: $57,000 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 33.1 percent

More about the Goizueta Business School.

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19. Carnegie Mellon University (Tepper) (PA)

Full-time enrollment: 428

2016-2017 tuition: $61,440 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 30.3 percent

More about the Tepper School.

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18. University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill (Kenan-Flagler)

Full-time enrollment: 574

2016-2017 tuition: $40,015 per year (in-state); $56,138 per year (out-of-state)

2016 acceptance rate: 36.4 percent

More about Kenan-Flagler.

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17. University of Texas—Austin (McCombs)

Full-time enrollment: 521

2016-2017 tuition: $34,296 per year (in-state); $50,296 per year (out-of-state)

2016 acceptance rate: 28 percent

More about the McCombs School of Business.

16. Cornell University (Johnson) (NY)

Full-time enrollment: 580

2016-2017 tuition: $61,584 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 27.6 percent

More about the S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management.

15. University of California—Los Angeles (Anderson)

Full-time enrollment: 734

2016-2017 tuition: $52,272 per year (in-state); $55,159 per year (out-of-state)

2016 acceptance rate: 20.7 percent

More about the Anderson School of Management.

14. University of Virginia (Darden)

Full-time enrollment: 678

2016-2017 tuition: $57,790 per year (in-state); $60,108 per year (out-of-state)

2016 acceptance rate: 26.5 percent

More about UVA Darden.

12 (tie). Duke University (Fuqua) (NC)

Full-time enrollment: 896

2016-2017 tuition: $63,200 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 22.1 percent

More about the Fuqua School of Business.

12 (tie). New York University (Stern)

Full-time enrollment: 790

2016-2017 tuition: $66,588 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 23.1 percent 

More about NYU Stern.

11. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (Ross)

Full-time enrollment: 801

2016-2017 tuition: $59,350 per year (in-state); $64,350 per year (out-of-state)

2016 acceptance rate: 26.3 percent

More about the Ross School of Business.

9 (tie). Columbia University (NY)

Full-time enrollment: 1,326

2016-2017 tuition: $68,792 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 14.1 percent

More about Columbia Business School.

9 (tie). Yale University (CT)

Full-time enrollment: 694

2016-2017 tuition: $64,200 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 19 percent

More about Yale University.

8. Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)

Full-time enrollment: 567

2016-2017 tuition: $66,390 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 22.4 percent

More about the Tuck School of Business.

7. University of California—Berkeley (Haas)

Full-time enrollment: 502

2016-2017 tuition: $56,009 per year (in-state); $57,560 per year (out-of-state)

2016 acceptance rate: 12 percent

More about the Haas School of Business.

4 (tie). Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Sloan)

Full-time enrollment: 809

2016-2017 tuition: $67,938 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 11.7 percent

More about MIT Sloan.

4 (tie). Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)

Full-time enrollment: 1,301

2016-2017 tuition: $66,462 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 20.1 percent

More about the Kellogg School of Management.

4 (tie). Stanford University (CA)

Full-time enrollment: 833

2016-2017 tuition: $66,540 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 6 percent

More about the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

3. University of Chicago (Booth)

Full-time enrollment: 1,185

2016-2017 tuition: $66,540 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 23.6 percent

More about the Booth School of Business.

1 (tie). Harvard University (MA)

Full-time enrollment: 1,871

2016-2017 tuition: $63,675 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 10.7 percent

More about Harvard Business School.

1 (tie). University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

Full-time enrollment: 1,708

2016-2017 tuition: $67,516 per year

2016 acceptance rate: 19.6 percent

More about the Wharton School.

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