Kickass Founders over 40

 

What do all these people have in common? They started their companies AFTER 40. We often hear about some 21 year old starting his/ her business from their garage/ kitchen. This can make anyone over the age of 30 or even 40 (gasp!) question whether they are too old to start a business. But, a recent Forbes article revealed a study conducted by MIT, Northwestern, Wharton and the U.S. Census Bureau, that the average age of startup founders was 42. The study showed “that the likelihood of success as a founder increases with age until the age of 60. The older you get, the more likely your chances of success are. A 50-year-old founder is twice as likely to build a thriving enterprise that has either an IPO or a successful acquisition as a 30-year-old founder.” This makes sense – when you’re older, you have more capital, experience and a greater network.

So who are some of these successful founders over 40?

  1. Vera Wang designed her first dress at 40.
  2. Eric Wang founded Zoom at 41.
  3. Toni Morrison wrote her first novel at 40.
  4. Martha Stewart didn’t publish her first cookbook until 41.
  5. Sam Walton founded Walmart at 44.
  6. Julia Child wrote her first cookbook at 50.
  7. Arianna Huffington launched The Huffington Post at 55.
  8. Chip Wilson founded Lululemon at 42.
  9. Momofuku Ando created the famous Top Ramen instant noodles at 48.
  10. Henri Nestle launched Nestle at 52.
  11. John Foley co-founded Peloton when he was 42.

I included my photo in the collage because if you believe you deserve it, the universe will serve it. Manifesting my vision as a successful business owner as I celebrate another year around the sun.

To my fellow Capricorns, happiest birthday to you! Celebrate the fact that we are overachievers, persistent, honest, sensitive and self-disciplined.