8 Successful Entrepreneurs

8 successful entrepreneurs who started later in life. While the popular image of a successful entrepreneur is a young, Zuckerberg-style Silicon Valley tycoon, there are plenty of business moguls who prove that there’s no age limit on realizing your dreams. According to the Prince’s Initiative of Mature Enterprise, there are 4.17 million UK workers are self employed and 42% of these are over 50.


Here are eight entrepreneurs who prove that it’s never too lake to chase success.


Harland ‘The Colonel’ Sanders (1890-1980)

Following a storied career, which even saw him losing his job as a lawyer after a courtroom brawl with his own client, he ended up as a service station cook in Corbin, Kentucky.

Company: KFC
Age of success: 62
Net worth: $3.5 Million
“I think a dream is just a suggestion to start something out, do something. – Harland Sanders”

Robert Noyce(1927-1990)

Noyce graduated from MIT in 1953 and worked for a number of seminal tech ventures. He would later strike gold when he found Intel with Gordon Moore in 1968.

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Company: Intel
Age of success: 41
Net worth: $3.7 Billion

Ray Kroc(1902-1984)

After selling milkshake machines to the McDonald brothers in San Bernadino, CA, Kroc persuaded them to let him franchise their business – eventually purchasing the company.

Company: McDonald’s
Age of success: 52
Net worth: $500 Million

Chaleo Yoovidhya(1923-2012)

Born into a poor farming family, he moved to Bangkok and began his own company, TC Pharmaceuticals. Upon meeting Austrian entrepreneur Dietrich Mateschitz, they decided to market Yoovidya’s tonic drink internationally.

Company: Red Bull
Age of success: 61
Net worth: $5 Billion

Stan Lee(1922-)

After years of plying his trade, he created his first successful comic, ‘The Fantastic Four’, in 1961. Alongside Jack Kirby, Lee went on to create many of Marvel’s major characters.

Company: Marvel Comics
Age of success: 39
Net worth: $50 Million
“With great power comes great responsibility – Lee”

Donald and Doris Fisher(1928-2009 and 1932-)

Having struggled to find Donald a pair of jeans the fit him, the couple took matters into their own hands by forming the Gap-Doris’ shorthand for ‘generation gap.’

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Company: Gap Clothing
Age of Success: 40 and 37
Net worth: $3.1 Billion

Henry Ford(1863-1947)

Despite his parents’ expectation that he would take over the family farm, Ford left home at 16 to get job as a machinist in Detroit – becoming a godfather of the modern era.

Company: Ford Motor Company
Age of success: 40
Net worth: $199 Billion
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

As all of these entrepreneurs show, age is no barrier to success. In facet, age and the experience that comes with it is a key part of their accomplishments.

So if you’re worrying that you’ve left it too late, think again, With resolve an passion, there’s no reason you can’t succeed.

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