14 People Who Hit Their Stride After 30

Cheer up, you guys. You still have at least 10 years to etch your name into human history and/or become a super famous, successful beacon of industry. Just look at these people.

Amy Poehler

Long before she was Leslie Knope, Amy Poehler was performing with the Upright Citizens Brigade in her late 20s and made her debut on Saturday Night Live at the age of 31.

Sylvester Stallone


Stallone worked on softcore porn sets until getting his big break with Rocky in the 70s at age 30, and turned himself into an action movie icon. Sometimes paying your dues in the smut game can really pay off for a guy.

Plus, he should give anyone hope of getting their bod on point later in life. Below is what he looks like today. He’s 67 years old, by the way.


Colonel Sanders


He was 65 when he started Kentucky Fried Chicken. Maybe he really was too drunk to taste his chicken, that’s why it took him so long to open one of the biggest fast food joints in the game today.

Elon Musk


Musk founded PayPal and revolutionized the way money exchanged hands in the world today. Soon after he sold PayPal to eBay for a cool $1.5 billion dollars, he then used his very own money to fund the Tesla car project, a high-end electric car manufacturer. Musk is also considered an African-American, because he was born in South Africa and moved to America. Wrap your mind around that, political correctness.

Harrison Ford


Ford was working as a carpenter and actor on the side up until he caught his big break as bad boy freighter space pilot and general badass, Han Solo in Star Wars at the ripe age of 35.

Martha Stewart


After starting a catering business in the late 1970s, Stewart wrote several books on entertaining guests and hosting parties. At age 41, she published her first book titled Entertaining, and was featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show. In the ’90s, she launched Martha Stewart Living magazine and turned into a mega-celebrity. Even more impressive than her slow, steady rise in pop culture was her glorious nosedive into prison life after being busted for insider trading in 2004.

Julius Caesar


This one may not count as much, considering turning 30 was pretty much like turning 50 (health-wise) in Ancient Roman times, but Julius Caesar became Chief Priest of the Roman State at the age of 36.

Amar Bose


You know those noise-cancelling headphones that save you from the awfulness of your coworkers? You can thank this man for inventing them. Amar Bose founded the Bose stereo company when he was 35 and was a billionaire when he died in early July of this year.

Jon Hamm


Donny Draper himself was a struggling actor until he landed the greatest TV lead role of all-time on AMC’s Mad Men in 2007 at the age of 36. The rest has been fantastic, adulterous, alcoholic television history.

Vera Wang


Yeah, she wrote for Vogue and was a design director for Ralph Lauren in the 1970s, but her real rise didn’t happen until she opened her own NYC boutique in 1990 at the age of 41. Now, she rolls around in US Treasury bonds from her lucrative wedding gown and formal dress biz.

Peter Roget


The author of Roget’s Thesaurus. He finished it when he was 73 years old. You know, they say life begins at 70.

JK Rowling


Everyone knows her story. A divorced, single mom who wrote the highest-selling novel series of all time on a coffee shop napkin. She was 32 when she wrote Harry Potter and was a billionaire less than a decade later.

Leslie Nielsen


Was a bit actor for much of his career until age 54, when he got his big break as Dr. Rumack in Airplane! but his finest role of Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun series didn’t come until he was 62 years old.

Simon Cowell


The meanest man in entertainment didn’t get his first break until 2001, when he landed a judge spot on the UK show Pop Idol, which soon found its way across the pond to the US under the name of American Idol. You may have heard of it. Cowell was 42 years old when he made his television debut.

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Brian McGannon

What do I love? I love happy hour, a good golf tan, and getting moderately drunk during dinner.

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