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September 05, 2008

Age is the current hot dynamic, with candidate John McCain just celebrating his 72nd birthday as he runs for president. And in the September 8 issue of BusinessWeek, the magazine heralds senior execs over 75 who still run the show.

Stating that "80 is the new 60," the article says there are a surprising number of senior-citizen moguls who can "kick Boomer and Gen Y butt" in the business world. The magazine asked its correspondents around the world to send in lists of moguls age 75 and above. Here are some examples from the list (some you have heard of, some not):

  • Run Run Shaw, 100. Chairman, Television Broadcasts (TVB) in Hong Kong
  • Jack LaLanne, 93. Fitness entrepreneur
  • Kirk Kirkorian, 91. President and CEO, Tracinda (still plays tennis)
  • Yung-Ching Wang, 90. Founder, Formosa Plastics
  • Harold Burson, 87. Chairman, Burson-Marsteller (PR firm)
  • Basant Kumar Birla, 87. Chairman, Birla Group (Indian conglomerate)
  • Stanley Ho, 86. Chairman, SJM Holdings (casinos)
  • Sumner Redstone, 85. Chairman, CBS Viacom
  • Hans Riegel Jr., 85. Chairman, Haribo (German candy, creator of Gummy Bears)
  • David Murdock, 84. Chairman, Castle & Cook, Dole Foods
  • C. P. Krishman Nair, 84. Chairman, Hotel Leela Venture (hotel chains)
  • Hank Greenberg, 83. CEO, G.V. Starr (former CEO of AIG, not the baseball player)
  • Hugh Hefner, 82. Editor in Chief/Creative Officer, Playboy Enterprises
  • Ingvar Kamprad, 82, Founder, IKEA
  • Albert Frere, 82.Chariman and Managing Director, Groupe Bruxells Lambert
  • Chuck Dolan, 81. Chairman, Cablevision (and founder of HBO)
  • Paul Volcker, 81. Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve and Obama advisor
  • S.I. Newhouse, 80. Chairman, Advance Publications (Vanity Fair, Vogue, etc.)
  • T. Boone Pickens, 80. Founder, Mesa Power and BP Capital
  • Li Ka-Shing, 80. Chairman, Cheung Kong Holdings (power, property, ports)
  • Jack Gogle, 79. Founder, Vanguard Group
  • Warren Buffett, 78. CEO, Berkshire Hathaway (the Oracle of Omaha )
  • Osamu Suzuki, 78. Chairman, Suzuki Motors
  • Rupert Murdoch, 77. Chairman, News Corp.
  • Tom Perkins, 76, Founder, Kleiner, Perkins Caulfield & Byers (and ex of Danielle Steele)
  • Robert Lutz, 76. Vice Chairman, General Motors.
  • Muriel Seibert, 75. Founder, Muriel Siebert (woman Wall Street pioneer)
  • Sheldon Adelson, 75. Chairman, Las Vegas Sands

Source: BusinessWeek

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