These are the most influential Americans over 80 — in no particular order.
24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of American citizens who are at least 80 years old — living legends and whose contributions have had a permanent effect on our society. Many of these Americans, despite being over 80 years old, continue to go to work every day. Some have worked at the top of their industries for over half a century.
Businesspeople, entertainers and artists, politicians and government officials, scientists and academics, authors, and athletes are all well-represented among the 80 Most Influential Americans Over 80.
Many of the people on 24/7 Wall St.'s "80 Most Influential Americans Over 80" list have accomplished their goals and contributed to society over the greater part of their lifetimes. Without exception, each of these individuals have had an unquestionable contributions to society.
It is immediately clear that men dominate 24/7's "80 Over 80" list. Just 11 of the 80 most influential Americans are women. This unfortunate lack of diversity is a byproduct of how, outside of a few occupations for much of the 20th century, it was unheard of for women to wield significant influence. These women were born less than two decades after their gender gained the right to vote. Most of the women that made our list had to overcome oppressive disadvantages to earn the respect they deserved in their fields.
The opportunities for non-white men to wield tremendous influence, especially for most of the 20th century, was very limited. While African Americans, for example, are well represented among the entertainers on this list, they are not especially common among the most influential living government officials or business leaders over 80.
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SOURCE 24/7 Wall St.