Typically, when picturing success, whether that’s in business, entertainment, or entrepreneurship, we conjure up images of middle-aged figures clad in business wear at a certain stage of their life. But this image is rapidly changing, more so in the last few years than ever before. With big brands like Microsoft and Apple coming from young entrepreneurs and famous companies like Red Bull and KFC being launched by the 60+ generation, our research proves that there is no ‘right age’ when it comes to business and entrepreneurship.
You can take a look around our interactive timeline ‘Success through the ages’ here, and here are some entries that might just surprise you:
- Spotify was officially launched by Daniel Ek in 2008 when he was just 25.
- John Lewis started his small drapery shop in 1864 aged 28.
- Doris Fisher, one of Forbes top 100 most powerful women, co-founded Gap when she was 37 in 1969.
- Stan Lee created his first hit comic (The Fantastic Four) just before his 39th birthday.
- Charles Darwin’s ground-breaking book ‘On the Origin of Species’ was published when he was 50.
- Grandma Moses started her art career in 1938, aged 78.