Slate Presents '80 Over 80'

Influential octogenarians, from politicians to celebrities
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 11:25 AM CST
Slate Presents '80 Over 80'
President Thomas S. Monson is shown during the morning session of the 179th annual General Conference on Saturday, April 4, 2009, in Salt Lake City.   (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Rick Egan)

Thirty under 30? Pshaw. Slate offers up its annual 80 Over 80, a list of politicians, industry leaders, and other icons who also happen to be really old, ranked in order of power and importance. The top five:

  1. Thomas S. Monson: The Mormon president, 83, acts as divine prophet for 5.5 million Americans—and a total of more than 12 million around the globe.
  2. Daniel Inouye: The senior senator from Hawaii, 86, is three heartbeats away from the presidency.

  1. Warren Buffett: The billionaire philanthropist, 80, came in second on Forbes’ 2010 list of the richest Americans.
  2. George Soros: The investor, 80, ranked as the world’s second-biggest philanthropist last year.
  3. Clint Eastwood: The actor, director, and producer, 80, has been involved in quite a few Oscar-nominated projects of late, and plans to direct until he’s 100 or older.
Click here for the complete list, which includes some octogenarians who have fallen to a lower spot this year—like Helen Thomas. (More Helen Thomas stories.)

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