20 Successful Late Bloomers Who Prove You Can Still Make It to the Top After 25

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If you’re facing a quarter-life crisis, then take heart from the fact that some of the most successful names in business, fashion and the arts had accomplished nothing notable to speak of by the time they were 25. After all, these 20 late bloomers have definitely taken the long way round and yet they’ve still managed to make their mark on the world.

Some made massive mid-life career changes, others worked their way up from nothing, and almost all overcame failures to get where they are today. Every single one of them, though, proves beyond doubt that success doesn’t have an age limit.

20. Dwight Schar
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20. Dwight Schar

Real-estate billionaire Dwight Schar is proof that it’s never too late for a career change. At 25, Dwight was busy teaching juniors at Ohio’s Stow High School. Today, though, the Six Flags director is one of America’s most successful property developers, with a stake in the Washington Redskins and Fortune 500 company NVR.

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19. Wally Amos
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19. Wally Amos

Wally Amos really did find his fortune in a cookie. At 25, Amos was working in a New York mailroom with dreams of becoming a talent agent; 14 years later, though, he decided to make the most of his own talent for baking. With a little financial help from celebrity acquaintance Marvin Gaye, then, he opened his first Famous Amos cookie shop in 1975 – and the rest is business history.

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