Forbes Unveils Cookies Co-Founder and CEO Berner as First Cannabis Executive Featured on Its Iconic Cover

Forbes Unveils Cookies Co-Founder and CEO Berner as First Cannabis Executive Featured on Its Iconic Cover
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Major Cannabis Milestone Takes In-Depth Exploration of Legal Cannabis’ Challenges and Successes SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Forbes’ recent magazine covers have featured notable leaders and trailblazers including Vice President Kamala Harris, Spotify CEO and co-founder Daniel Ek, and brothers John and Patrick Collison, the co-founders of Stripe. And now, for the first time since the magazine launched in 1917, a cannabis executive will grace the cover of Forbes. Cookies Co-Founder and CEO Gilbert Anthony Milam Jr., also known as Berner, is featured on the August / September 2022 issue of Forbes. The editorial decision to spotlight the 38-year-old rapper and cannabis entrepreneur by one of the world’s most respected business publications represents yet another powerful milestone for the $72 billion cannabis industry. “It’s every entrepreneur’s dream to make the cover of Forbes, but the reality is very few founders and CEOs of the largest companies in the world will actually get a chance to achieve that goal,” said Berner. “I’ve been in the legal cannabis industry for 20 years and have dedicated most of my life to this fight. To be selected as one of the faces for federal legalization in our country is a huge compliment to my work. I’m extremely humbled, excited and motivated to keep pushing the cannabis industry forward and to continue representing minorities in the space. This is just the beginning for Cookies and I want to thank Forbes for helping us share our story.” The significant editorial marker follows AdAge naming Cookies one of the “Hottest Brands of 2021,” the first time the advertising industry’s top-tier publication honored a cannabis business with the annual accolade. Forbes staff writer Will Yakowicz, one of the most seasoned and accomplished reporters covering the complex and dynamic cannabis industry, said his story takes a closer look at the industry’s regulatory…

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