20 FAMOUS PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T BECOME SUCCESSFUL UNTIL AFTER THE AGE OF 40

January 22, 2022 by Starlyst


 

 

You have probably heard the saying ‘age is just a number’ and today we’ll be talking about the 20 people who proved it right.

Many people, hustle, try and give up at the age of 30 as it is considered as a barrier between a hustling and settle life. But eyes don’t see boundaries and dreams don’t see distance, so today we will be talking about 20 dreamers who proved the world wrong.



20. Melissa McCarthy

We’re starting our list with Melissa McCarthy. You’ve seen her in big budget movies like Spy, Bridesmaid and The Heat, but things were not that kind for her in the beginning. She was struggling to get regular work even after starring in big movies, but it was Bridesmaid that helped her establish herself in the industry. She was 41, when she accepted the role in Bridesmaid.



19. Robert Noyce

Robert Norton Noyce who is also known as the ‘Mayor of Silicon Valley’ is considered as one of the most influential people ever to exist. The innovation he brought through technology is still being used every single day and in every single part of the world.

Noyce spent his thirties working for companies like Philco but at the age of 41 he decided to start Intel and the rest is history.



18. Dave Duffield

Dave Duffield is the pure definition of a dreamer. After attending Ridgewood High School in New Jersey he went on to work for many renowned tech companies.

He had a bachelor’s degree in electric engineering and later he did Master of Business Administration from Cornell University.

Despite earning decent income from working in different well established firms, he couldn’t stop his hunger and craving for entrepreneurship.

He was 46 when he founded his first software company called ‘Peoplesoft’ and he didn’t stop there. At the age of 64 he founded ‘Workday’.



17. Kathy Bates

Two-time Golden Globe Award winner Kathy Bates is considered as one of the most established actresses in Hollywood. She has been a part of numerous successful movies and her versatility and dialogue delivery makes her standout in a generation filled with brilliant actresses.

Despite doing minor TV roles for almost a decade, she was unknown until she got her hands on 1990 film 'Misery', that would change her life forever.

She was 42 when she accepted the role. What a story….



16. Chaleo Yoovidhya

The story of Chaleo Yoovidhya will amaze you in every possible manner.

He was born in Phichit, Thailand, to a poor Chinese immigrant family. With a little formal education, he decided to move to Bangkok where he worked as an antibiotics salesman.

Like I mentioned earlier, the article is about the stories of dreamers. So, Yoovidhya with a dream, quit his job to start his own pharmaceutical company, 'TC Pharmaceuticals' in the early 60’s. And in 1987, he introduced an energy-boosting drink that would take the world by storm, Red Bull.

He was 64 at that time. Age is just a number, isn’t it?



15. Bryan Cranston

How can we not talk about the best thing ever created for television?

Known as Mr. Walter White, Bryan Cranston wasn’t an instant hit as he was in his role in Breaking Bad. He had to wait 52 years of his life to get a role that would not only change his life but will also engrave his legacy as one of the best actors ever to grace the screen.

He was 52 when he joined the Breaking Bad loft, and now the entire world knows his name.



14. Thomas Siebel

The life story of Thomas Siebel is no less than a roller-coaster inspirational film. It is a story of a man who came from nothing, to win it all, just to lose it after sometime, but he came back to claim what was meant to be his.

After spending a decent amount of time in established firms like Oracle and Gain Technology, Siebel founded his first company 'Siebel Systems' at the age of 41. It went on to become the fastest growing technology start-up of 1999 in United States.

At the time, they had over 8 thousand employees and were operating in 32 countries. But the firm had no other option than merging with the giant, Oracle.

But Siebel didn’t give up, he waited, hustled for another 10 years to set up his second company, Siebel Energy Institute. He was 63 at the time.



13. Ellen Degeneres

It seems as if Ellen was a household name for centuries, but it wasn’t that easy for her. She was trying her luck on TV, but couldn’t find a way to reach a level where she doesn’t have to worry about her bills.

She sold vacuum cleaners, worked as a waitress and she did all that while performing at stand-up comedy in local bars.

But it was the year 2003 when her she got an opportunity to introduce her own show, named after her.

She was 45 years old at that time. Life is not fair, sometimes, you have to find your way and climb the ladder, so people can know what you’re capable of.

She did that. And the rest is history.



12. Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart will amaze you in ways that you never thought of.

She is a woman of many talents. She is successful in various business ventures and she has made money from her books as well.

Her businesses include broadcasting, real estate, and e-commerce websites where she sells different products ranging from beauty creams to clothes.

But it all started from one book, 'Entertaining', which she wrote at the age of 41. Before that she used to work as a hostess, and sometimes as a waitress to make ends meet.



11. Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson is one of the most respected actors around the globe. He has featured in many successful films including Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.

But Jackson was nowhere near success in his thirties. He was battling with both addiction and poverty, not being able to earn enough from the small roles he did.

But it was in 1991, when he accepted Spike Lee's Jungle Fever. The film changed his entire life. He was shortlisted by every big director, and he never looked back since then.



10. Robin Chase

Robin Chase, the co-founder of 'Zipcar' and 'Buzzcar', never thought about entrepreneurship before her 40th birthday.

She was enjoying holidays with her family when Robin and a friend thought about the idea of a car-sharing company in 2000.

And now she is considered as one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the world.



9. Rodney Dangerfield

Rodney Dangerfield is what any new stand-up comedian would want to be like one day.

He was known for his one-liners. Throughout his life he did stand-up comedy shows in different bars and cafes. But it was at the age of 46 when he got his big break with the Ed Sullivan Show, and from there he went on to sell arena’s.



8. Donald Fisher

Donald Fisher had a very interesting life, with lots of ups and downs.

Born in California to a middle class family, he had a knack for business.

His father who worked as a cabinet maker didn’t know that his son would go on to become one of the most successful people in the world.

At the age of 41, he along with his wife Doris Fisher founded 'The Gap'. The company’s annual turnover is more than $16 billion and is operating in more than 100 countries.

That’s what a dream can do.



7. Ray Kroc

Ray Kroc is considered the father of fast food, and the man who made McDonald’s what it is.

Kroc was selling milkshake makers after World War II, but little did he know that destiny had different plans for him.

In 1955, at the age of 53, he purchased his first branch of McDonalds. His eye for innovation and his struggle for success made McDonald’s world’s biggest fast food chain.



6. Sam Walton

Sam Walton is the founder of Walmart, the world’s largest corporation by revenue, and the biggest private employer on the planet.

Walton was also the richest man in America for a fair share of time.

Born to farmers, his young years were spent in the farms where he worked day and night, but couldn’t gather enough income to provide his family the life that they deserved.

He milked cows, worked as a milkman, and later joined military, but deep inside his head he wanted to do something of his own.

After working in different stores and making smart investments, he was able to open his first Walmart store in 1962. He was 44 at the time.



5. Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani is a name of luxury, class and status.

Wearing an Armani suit is on the list of everyone, right?

But what people don’t know is that it took Giorgio 41 years of his life to bag enough money to start his own company.

It was an instant hit, and it still is.



4. Steve Carell

Steve Carell is loved by everyone, and we all get excited to see him on our screens.

But he also got his break after turning 40.

Many people know him from 'The Office', but his first major break was in the 2004 film 'Anchorman'.

He was 43 when was starred in 'The Office', and he was 41 at the time of 'Anchorman'.



3. Colonel Harland David Sanders

If Colonel Sanders’ life won’t inspire you, then we don’t know what will.

He was only seven years old when his father died and his mother went jobless. He started cooking food even before he turned 10. Sanders had to feed his younger siblings, and also had to do odd jobs to contribute to his family.

From working as a conductor to feeding hungry travellers, he was noting down everything that people wanted at that time.

And in 1952, at the age of 62, he started Kentucky Chicken. And we all know the rest.



2. Barack Obama

Barack Obama is considered one of the greatest presidents United States ever had.

Despite having degrees in law and political science, the future president had to work as a sandwich maker and also at an ice cream parlor to make ends meet.

But after years of struggle, he won the presidential election in 2008, and became the 44th president of the United States of America.

He was 47 years old at the time.



1. Charles Darwin

On number one, we have Charles Darwin, who changed the entire world by just his imagination and intelligence.

He looked at the world from a very different dimension, and then he took the entire world to that dimension through Darwinism.

He is also considered as the father of evolution because he was the first one to talk about the place of humans in the evolutionary process.

He was not famous until after the age of 50, when in 1859, his book 'On the Origin of Species' changed everything about the world we live in.