30 Insanely Successful Individuals Who Were Still Poor At Old Age

I am sure that the majority of you will agree that the number of individuals who walk around aimlessly is continuously increasing.

The more you do, the more you keep doing. So you keep doing what you’re doing but you need to do more.

There is a need to lighten up you with a list of businessmen, entertainers, and media moguls who were struggling their way to world-class success at the age of thirty.

One of the most important attributes of an entrepreneur, inventor, author and artist is to achieve success despite of “low” financial circumstances.

30 Successful Individuals Who Achieved Riches At Old Age

People who are in their 40’s and older will feel the weight of society and their own age. They will be told to slow down, but their dreams continue to fly in the sky. They should never give up. No matter what, they will move on despite their age.

The first one is the one I mentioned. The second is a big one, and the third is a little one.

1. Oprah Winfrey

Occupation: Talk Show host and Actress

Net Worth: $2.9 billion

The Oprah Winfrey Show aired from Chicago. She started the show by interviewing a man who had been arrested for beating up his wife. She interviewed a woman who had her legs chopped off because her ex-boyfriend got too jealous of her. She interviewed three women who are still together after 25 years of marriage.

2. JK Rowling

Occupation: Author

Net Worth: estimated at $1 billion

The late Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island, a classic novel about the pirates of the Caribbean, was a poor Scottish writer who lived in relative poverty all his life, after he sold his first story to a magazine for $12.50. In his later years, Stevenson lived in poverty and died penniless, in obscurity. In 1886, on the verge of death, he was paid $500 by a publisher for the remaining installments of Treasure Island.

3. Robin Thicke

Occupation: Singer

Net Worth: $15 million

Thicke has been struggling to establish himself as a serious artist considering he has released few albums, but still managed to make a hit song which eventually led to him enjoying fortune and fame.

4. Harrison Ford

Occupation: Actor

Net Worth: $210 million

He was a talented artist and he was inspired to be an actor. He had his first successful shot for the big screen from his role in “Star wars” in 1977 at age 35. The film was a huge commercial and critical success; in fact, it was the first time a fictional film had ever made $100 million at the box office. Harrison Ford later explained, “We wanted to make a film that spoke to the human condition and could capture and communicate the idea that love and hate are two sides of the same coin.

5. Ralph Lauren

Occupation: Fashion Designer, Entrepreneur

Net Worth: $5.9 billion

While fashionistas around the world were praising his designs, Lauren never got to own his own home and had to settle for a rented apartment. His business was his passion and his dream but he was living in his car, surviving on fast food and sleeping in his office.

6. Barack Obama

Occupation: Politician

Net Worth: $12.2 million

Obama came from a single parent home and was raised by his grandparents with little supervision. His grandmother taught him how to play the guitar and how to read.

Barack Obama won the presidential election in 2008, at age 47, as the 44th President of the United States of America.

7. Lupita Nyong’o

Occupation: Actress, Model

Net Worth: $500 thousand

 The Kenyan-Mexican actress was simply famous in Kenya. Only in 2013, she stole the public spotlight with her skilled act in the movie “12 years a slave.”

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8. Samuel L. Jackson

Occupation: Actor, Film Producer

Net Worth: $170 million

Oscar winner Forest Whitaker was once an alcoholic and a cocaine addict and fought that addiction for years. He was in the middle of producing the movie, “Jungle Fever” when it was released in 1991.

9. Sylvester Stallone

Occupation: TV Writer, Actor

Net Worth: $400 Million

Rocky was a tough-as-nails, underdog story about a tough Italian Stallone, who grew up in East Los Angeles, and fought against local gangs and a cruel boxing champion to become the first Italian American to win the heavyweight championship of the world. His story inspired many to achieve their dreams and to overcome the odds.

10. Janice Dickinson

Occupation: Model, Author

Net Worth: $500 thousand

The model was a fashion lover who suffered rejection in her late 20s. She persisted and eventually earn success in the 1980s after working with her first sponsor, Wilhelmina (she was probably 28 or 29) after working with her first sponsor, Wilhelmina.

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11. Kristen Wiig

Occupation: Comedian, Writer

Net Worth: $20 million

12. Jon Hamm

Occupation: Actor, TV Producer, Comedian

Net Worth: $30 million

The series, “Mad Men,” is popular for it’s realistic representation of the business world during the 50’s. The award-winning television drama was also nominated for five Emmy Awards in 2012 (tied with “House of Cards”) and eight Golden Globe Awards and three Screen Actors Guild Awards.

13. Melissa McCarthy

Occupation: Actress

Net Worth: $20 million

McCarthy, who started her career in entertainment at the age of 27, got more attention in 2011, from her role in the comedy Bridesmaids, where she played Annie, a woman with bipolar disorder who gets a rude awakening when she learns that her fiancé is sleeping with his ex.

14. Ang Lee

Occupation: Film Producer & Director

Net Worth: $32 million

The film tells the story of a man who was forced to be a house-husband and raise his wife’s child for her as a favor to her boyfriend. After two years of it, the man decides to break away and raise his own daughter. He tells his wife that he’s pregnant. Although she can’t believe it, the man actually was pregnant at the time.

15. Robert Noyce

Occupation: Inventor, Entrepreneur

Net Worth: $3.7 billion

Intel’s Noyce was born and raised in Illinois, the United States, and he studied at the University of Illinois. He then began to work as an engineer at Philco. Noyce worked at Philco for 10 years and helped develop some of the first integrated circuits.

16. Dave Duffield

Occupation: Inventor, Entrepreneur

Net Worth: N/A

The tech billionaire, the deceased Duffield, worked diligently for other tech companies for years and founded his breakthrough enterprise software company, “Peoplesoft,” at age 46. His second software company, “Workday” at age 64, was funded by the venture capital firm, Accel.

17. Martha Stewart

Occupation: TV Personality, Author

Net Worth: $650 million

Stewart, who was born in Brooklyn, New York, became famous for her role in the TV sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and her own eponymous sitcom. She has also starred in several movies and released a book in 1982. Her first movie, “The Daytrippers”, won her a Golden Globe Award in 1962.

18. Reid Hoffman

Occupation: Investor, Entrepreneur

Net Worth: $3.8 billion

Hoffman was an employee of large companies like Apple, PayPal, etc. He founded his second company and it became the preeminent social networking site in 2005.

19. Kathy Bates

Occupation: Actress, Film director

Net Worth: $32 million

After her acting career boomed at age 42, she started to appear in many TV movies. She was noted for the role of Annie in the 1990 movie, “Misery”. This movie also earned her the Academy award. She was the first female to win the Oscar.

20. Leslie Jones

Occupation: Actress, Comedian, TV writer

Net Worth: $1.8 million

While waiting for a breakthrough, Jones worked shifts and performed in regular clubs.
In November 2012, Jones was performing in a club when he met a club owner with whom he had become friends. This owner was not interested in her, but instead was interested in Jones. He told her that Jones was a “sicko”, “the best rapper in the world,” and “a real nigga.” Jones was also described as a former member of a gang.

Mandy Moore did not appear on the 2013 list of Forbes’ most influential people, but she is regarded as an actress who has become a major screen personality.

21. John Pemberton

Occupation: Inventor, Pharmacist, Chemist

Net Worth: N/A

When asked to describe the concept for Coca-Cola to his research team, he had the following response: “I have been thinking about getting the taste that makes people cough, then I was thinking what could make it possible to drink even if it would make you to cough?” And that is how we got “Coca-Cola”.

22. Colonel Harland David Sanders

Occupation: Chef, Entrepreneur

Net Worth: N/A

There are only two places in the world where you can find a Kentucky man who doesn’t want to be working. One is the state of Kentucky, and the other is where Sanders lived.

James Brown started a chain of Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants, while working at a company called Kentucky Fried Chicken.

23. Christoph Waltz

Occupation: Actor

Net Worth: $20 million

The Australian actor, Waltz, despite being a famous German actor, he received major film awards and fame for his 2009 role in “Inglourious Basterds,” at age 53.

24. Chaleo Yoovidhya

Occupation: Businessman

Net Worth: $9.7 billion

Yoovidhya was born in a small Thai village and then he moved to Bangkok. The young Yoovidhya was a college dropout, so he decided to work as a salesman for a local medicine company, “Pharmacos,” where he met his future partner, a college graduate, Tuan. Yoovidhya is thought to have come up with the “Red Bull” idea during a sales meeting in a hot Thai summer.

25. Bryan Cranston

Occupation: Actor, Film Producer, TV writer

Net Worth: $30 million

Cranston, the American actor, despite early shows and single-appearance roles in tv shows, he earned major fame and fortune from the 2008 American TV series, “Breaking Bad,” at age 52.

I would like to do a bit of a variation of this.

26. Thomas Siebel

Occupation: Software Entrepreneur

Net Worth: $2.0 billion

According to Forbes magazine, the American entrepreneur, Siebel, spent his 30s working for big organizations like Oracle corporation and Gain technology. He founded his first company, “Siebel Systems” in 1993 at age 41. After losing Siebel Systems to Oracle corporation, he founded his second company, “Siebel Energy Institute,” in 2015, at age 63. Siebel is a well-known entrepreneur and a successful technology leader.

27. Alan Rickman

Occupation: Actor, Journalist, Food Writer

Net Worth: N/A

 He made a name for himself on “guiding light” and “All my children,” which both aired from 1965 to 1970. His most famous role might be the one he made in the movie “Lethal Weapon,” which featured Mel Gibson.

28. Jeremy Renner

Occupation: Actor

Net Worth: $35 million

He came to attention, not just on his breathtaking acting and physicality by taking roles in movies directed by the infamous Roman Polanski.

29. Phylicia Rashad

Occupation: Actress

Net Worth: $55 million

Rashad Ali made it through the entertainment industry by the age of 36. His acting career spanned 20 years.

30. Ellen Degeneres

Occupation: TV Producer, Comedian

Net Worth: $345 million

DeGeneres made a transition from stand-up, to being an actress and comedian, to becoming the host for a popular talk show. She has been a successful female comedian and actress for many years! She has over 1.4 million followers on Instagram.


Losing a race in your early 20s doesn’t mean you are destined to be a loser.

Both examples show the successful people started later in life. That’s just as true for getting into a good university as it is to making money.
The other two examples are a bit more subtle, and I’m not sure they say what you want.

Even though, a lot of people have different success stories, this article is meant to inspire people and encourage them to work hard and achieve their goals in life like what I did. I want people to know that no matter what, if you are determined to reach your goal there can be no limit to what you can achieve in life.

Things like; Not caring about your health and environment, the limitations of your education and not doing something about it, not realizing that the world is your oyster and you can change it.

Your determination to be successful; your desire to do things well, your determination to overcome obstacles, your readiness to persevere in hard work; this is why you are so persistent in your studies and work.

A strong and dedicated effort.

Well, that just made us work harder. I hope you’re enjoying the show as much as we are.

Take your life into your own hands, get up, get going, fight for what you want, work to achieve your goals, do what it takes to get the life you want. Life is short – you don’t have forever to live it.

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