2. Henry Ford

Ford was 45 when his Model T car was introduced to the public in 1908. Ford’s design, labor practices and brilliant marketing techniques transformed the automobile industry and created an iconic American business, the Ford Motor Company.

3. Jack Weil
Weil was the founder and CEO of the Western-style clothing manufacturer Rockmount Ranch Wear. He remained CEO until he died at the age of 107.

4. Momofuku Ando
The Taiwanese entrepreneur invented instant ramen noodles at age 48 in 1958 when he began experimenting with the food product behind his house in Ikeda, Japan.

5. Lynda Weinman
At age 40, Weinman co-founded the online education company Lynda.com, which LinkedIn acquired for $1.5 billion. She is a former graphic arts professor and self-taught computer expert.

Her motto, she tells Forbes, is, “Follow your heart.”

6. Chip Wilson
Wilson founded fitness wear company Lululemon at age 42. The idea for the company, with which he is no longer affiliated, came while he was taking a yoga class.

7. Robert Noyce
Noyce, who was known to many as “the mayor of Silicon Valley,” co-founded Intel at age 41.


8. Julia Child
Child worked in media and advertising before writing her first cookbook at age 50 and then becoming a beloved figure worldwide. “Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it,” Child once said.