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8 Over 80: America's Coolest Octogenarian (and Then Some!) Entrepreneurs
Company: Roper Growers Cooperative Location: Winter Grove, Fla. Founded: 1858 Employees: Varies by season Revenue: Undisclosed
For almost 40 years, Roper has served as president of Roper Growers Cooperative, the family orange-growing business founded by his grandfather in the 1850s. In the 1980s, Roper revolutionized the citrus world with his Tree-See Control System for chemically spraying trees. These days, Roper has his hands in a number of entrepreneurial and environmental projects. He's helping an old Navy buddy develop a revolutionary X-ray machine, investing in technology to clean up polluted lakes, and constructing the "greenhouse of the future" for his town's first green building.