Success does not have an age limit! There are plenty of examples, however, of successful people across many industries who prove that you don’t need to have it all figured out by the time you turn 30.
Donald Fisher -The owner of GAP
Donald Fisher was 40 and had no experience in retail when he and his wife, Doris, opened the first Gap store in San Francisco in 1969. The Gap’s clothes quickly became fashionable, and today the company is one of the world’s largest clothing chains.
Vera Wang was a figure skater and journalist before entering the fashion industry at age 40. Today she’s one of the world’s premier women’s designers.
Stewart worked in catering for years, but her role as “America’s housewife” did not materialize until she started writing cookbooks and other pieces on domestic living in her 40s.
Freeman earned some fame during his tenure with TV series The Electric Company when he was in his mid-30’s. However, he’s been quoted saying that he considers his breakthrough role to be Fast Black in Street Smart, which he filmed when he was 50.
Though he was pretty well known in England, Simon Cowell started to gain international fame thanks to American Idol, which premiered when he was 43.
Sam Walton – The owner of Walmart
Sam Walton had a fairly successful retail-management career in his 20s and 30s, but his path to astronomical success began at age 44, when he founded the first Wal-Mart in Rogers, Arkansas, in 1962.
Kim Cattrall- The famous Samantha Jones
It wasn’t until Cattrall was 42 that she landed her role as Samantha Jones in Sex and The City.
Henry Ford was 45 when he created the revolutionary Model T car in 1908.
Ray Kroc – The owner of McDonalds
Ray Kroc spent his career as a milkshake-device salesman before buying McDonald’s at age 52 in 1954. He grew it into the world’s biggest fast-food franchise.
The TV host started as a disc jockey in the Virgin Island, DC, and New York City before getting her own talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, at 44.