Great Innovators Over 40

Michael Hoeweler
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Not Just a Young Man's Game

The Mark Zuckerbergs of the world haven't cornered the market on innovation. New research suggests that middle age might be the ideal time to challenge the status quo. In fact, the average age that Nobel Prize winners and great inventors make their most notable breakthrough is 39, according to a study by Benjamin F. Jones, a professor at Kellogg School of Management.

Why are so many people trying to innovate later in life? Middle age brings confidence, experience, deeper networks, and maybe even some cash savings. Here are some innovators who hit their stride after 40.