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

Emily Rella, AOL.com

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:

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:

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

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