10 CEOs who didn't find success until later in life
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- Not all CEOs were as young as Mark Zuckerberg when their businesses took off.
- Some of the biggest names in business didn't have their million-dollar ideas until their late 30s or past their 40s.
- CEOs like Ray Kroc (McDonald's), Sam Walton (Walmart), and Robin Chase (Zipcar) all founded their companies after a series of setbacks in their youths.
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Many business leaders found success early in life, some before turning 30 (think Mark Zuckerberg or Jack Dorsey). Other chief executives, however, didn't get a big break until after 30 or 40.
Many of them worked odd jobs before they found their true calling, or they struggled as entrepreneurs for years before a business idea took off. Despite many setbacks, entrepreneurs like Ray Kroc (McDonald's), Sam Walton (Walmart), and Robin Chase (Zipcar) all made their businesses successful.
Here are 10 CEOs who didn't find success until later in life.
Gary Heavin founded Curves Fitness at age 39
Robin Chase helped start Zipcar at age 42
Ray Kroc met the McDonald brothers at age 52
Safra Catz joined Oracle at age 39
Momofuku Ando of Nissin Foods invented instant ramen at age 48
Tim and Nina Zagat published their famous guide when both were in their 40s
Jack Weil founded Rockmount Ranch Wear at age 45
Lynda Weinman founded Lynda.com at age 40
Sam Walton opened the first Walmart at age 44
Wally Blume found success with Denali Flavors at age 57
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