famous entrepreneurs over 30 years: To do well, you don’t have to be a genius. The following successful businesspeople didn’t do their best work until after they turned 30. (Don’t worry if you don’t think you’d be good at building a cooking empire or writing epic novels; there are many other ways to make money that you could start today.)
Here is list of famous entrepreneurs over 30 years Who Succeeded
1. Martha Stewart is 41 years old and works for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.
Today, Martha Stewart is worth $638 million, but she didn’t write her first book until she was 41. When she was 35, she opened her first business, a catering service.
2. The Harry Potter empire by J.K. Rowling is 32 years old.
J.K. Rowling was a 28-year-old single mother on welfare who thought she was a failure before she became the first billionaire author. After 12 publishers turned her down, the first Harry Potter book came out when she was 32 years old. About $15 billion is how much the Harry Potter brand is worth right now.
3. Reid Hoffman, co-founder of LinkedIn, is 30 years old.
Reid Hoffman’s first company, SocialNet, was started with a partner before he started LinkedIn. This was basically an early version of Friendster, which means that almost no one knew about it. Hoffman then got a job at PayPal, which is where he learned the hard lessons of being an entrepreneur. The experience paid off, though, and by 2002, when he started working on LinkedIn, he had made $1.5 billion. Since then, he has made about $4.6 billion from LinkedIn. He didn’t start making progress until after he turned 30.
4. Lynda Weinman, Lynda.com, 40-years old
When she was 40 years old, Lynda Weinman started Lynda.com. After 13 years, she sold the company for $1.5 billion to Linkedin.
Weinman and her husband opened a design school with the $20,000 they made from the book. She was 40 at the time. In 2002, Lynda.com came out, and the courses Weinman taught were made available online. In the first month, 30 individuals signed up. Lynda.com was bought for $1.5 billion 13 years after it started. People have called Weinman the “grandma of the internet” because she was 60 years old.
5. Mad Men was made by Matthew Weiner, who also wrote for The Sopranos
Before he played Don Draper, Matthew Weiner’s life was a lot like the early parts of the seventh season of Mad Men’s Don Draper: sad, aimless, and kind of dull. Weiner tried for years to get into show business after he graduated from film school, but he was never able to do so.
Disappointed and out of work, he spent most of his time sitting on his couch and watching TV. He didn’t get paid for writing until he was 30 years old. He worked on a friend’s script that needed some work. This got him a job and gave him the idea to start working on the pilot for Mad Men.
6. Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show – 30
When Oprah was 33, she signed a groundbreaking syndication deal. This was the start of her empire. In 1983, Oprah moved to Chicago to host A.M. Chicago, a morning show. It didn’t get very many votes, but it quickly went to number one. The show was renamed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” three years later, and Winfrey signed a syndication deal that helped her become a billionaire.
7. Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, is 30.
Even when he was in his mid-20s, Jack Dorsey was still a punk skater. Dorsey’s first business, which he started while he was still at NYU, was a programme for calling cabs. When this didn’t work out, Dorsey went to Ev Williams, who ran a podcast company called Odeo. He told him about the idea of a service for instant messaging. Williams liked the idea, so he worked on it full time with Dorsey, Biz Stone, and Noah Glass. Dorsey was given the job of CEO. At the time, he was 30 years old.
8.Tim Westergren, who works for Pandora, is 35 years old.
When he was 35, Tim Westergren began Pandora. But for two years, he couldn’t pay salaries. Westergren used to be a failed musician, a part-time composer, a nanny, and a hippy before he started Pandora. Even though he started Pandora, his first business, when he was 35, it wasn’t until Westergren was 37 that Pandora became an online radio channel.
Pandora began as a company that made hardware that stores could use to play music. In its first two years, Pandora even went bankrupt, and Westergren managed to get 50 employees to work for free for two years.
9. Xochi Birch, Bebo, age 36
In 2008, Xochi Birch sold Bebo to AOL for $850 million and made $595 million.
You’re not the only one who hasn’t heard of Bebo. Before Facebook, Bebo was one of Europe’s most popular social networks. It was started in 2005 by Michael and Xochi Birch, a married couple who were 35 and 33 years old at the time. After three years, AOL paid $850 million to buy Bebo. They made an unbelievable $595 million.
10. Jack Ma, Alibaba – 35-years old
Jack Ma has never written even one line of code, and he didn’t use a computer for the first time until he was in his 30s. He is worth $22.5 billion now, but until he was in his 30s, he thought he was a failure. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Ma said that he had failed the test to get into college three times. After that, he tried to get jobs at over 30 different places, including KFC, but was turned down each time.
So, when Ma was 31, he started “China Yellow Pages,” his first internet business. In its three years of business, the company made about $800,000. He started Alibaba when he was 35. Like Amazon, Alibaba didn’t make any money in its first three years, but we all know how that turned out.
What it really means to be a late bloomer
There’s no problem with starting “late.” Just like the successful people we listed, you probably have some life experiences and skills that can help you get ahead and learn how to make money. So, what do you want to do? If you could make $1,000 a day, how would you feel?