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Forget Retirement: CEOs Find Success After 75

CEOs are often thought of as older and distinguished, but some CEOs bring this image to a whole new level. …

CEOs are often thought of as older and distinguished, but some CEOs bring this image to a whole new level. It takes a lot of brains and hard-work to be the CEO of a company with a market capitalization of over $500 million, much less if you are 75 years old (or older!).

A Forbes blog compiled a list of successful septuagenarian, octogenarian, and nonagenarian CEOs who run some of the world’s biggest companies. The article stresses that although cognitive function does decrease with age, mental clarity is truly idiosyncratic, and you cannot judge an executive by the number of candles on his/her birthday cake. Though high-speed processing, processing multiple streams of data, and envisioning mental models of new ideas does become more difficult, older CEOs are better able to cope with and learn from mistakes.

Here’s Forbes’ list of older CEOs who are still going strong (requirements: must be over 75 and run a company with a market cap of at least $500 million):

  1. Walter Zable, 95, Cubic
  2. Melvin Gordon, 91, Tootsie Roll Industries
  3. O. Bruton Smith, 84, Sonic Automotive; Speedway Motorsports
  4. Howard Solomon, 83, Forest Laboratories
  5. Jack Golsen, 82, LSB Industries
  6. Charles Urstadt, 82, Urstadt Biddle Properties
  7. Rupert Murdoch, 80, News Corp
  8. Warren Buffet, 80, Berkshire Hathaway
  9. Clayton W. Williams Jr., 79, Clayton Williams Energy
  10. Harold Simmons, 79, NL Industries
  11. Ronald Rubin, 79, Pennsylvania REIT
  12. J. Willard Marriott Jr., 79, Marriott International
  13. Bernard Francis Saul II, 78, Saul Centers
  14. David Fitzgerald, 77, ArthroCare
  15. Sheldon Gary Adelson, 77, Las Vegas Sands
  16. Robert G. Wilmers, 77, M&T Bank
  17. Roger Warren Stone, 76, KapStone Paper & Packaging
  18. Norman Asbjornson, 75, AAON
  19. Robert L. Moody Sr., 75, American National Ins; National Western Life Ins.
  20. Fred Kornberg, 75, Comtech Telecommunications
  21. James Sinegal, 75, Costco Wholesale
  22. Nick Caporella, 75, National Beverage
  23. George Pedersen, 75, ManTech International
  24. Alan Kirschner, 75, Markel

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