10 Successful Entrepreneurs who worked till their last breath
Most of us plan (or at least think about it) retirement as soon as we hit 35, or may be sooner in some cases. Striving to make a living, most of us aim to live a peaceful and noiseless life after retirement in a hope to enjoy the last few years in joy.
Few exceptions of this rule, who love their work & company(s) they founded ends up working until their last breath or do not retire until their health curb them to work. Steve Jobs worked until the day before his death.
A major factor for these inspiring entrepreneurs and industrialists contribution was attributed to the fact that they followed their own passion which made an impact to the world in various domains.
1. Walt Disney (1901 – 1966)
Walt Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator and film producer. He has various Oscars during his life-time and is known for creating famous characters like Micky Mouse.
He was a heavy smoker. He died in 1966 at the age of 65 due to lung cancer.
2. Milton S. Hershey
Milton S. Hershey was an American confectioner and philanthropist. He was the founder Hershey Chocolate Company.
Hershey Retired a year before he died of pneumonia in Hershey Hospital on October 13, 1945 at the age of 88.
3. Henry Ford
Henry Ford was an inspiring American Industrialist and a visionary who made the first commercially available automobile. He is well know as the founder of Ford Motor Company which he started at the age of 40 in 1903.
Being away from active involvement in the Ford Motor Company, he was appointed as the President in 1943 when current President Edsel Ford died of Cancer. However, due to deteriorating health he retired in September 1945 and handed over his throne to his grandson, Henry Ford II. He died at the age of 83 and a public viewing was held at Greenfield Village where up to 5,000 people per hour filed past the casket.
4. Madam C. J. Walker
Walker was an African-American Entrepreneur and philanthropist. She was the first female self-made millionaire. She was the most successful women entrepreneur of her time.
She died of complications and hypertension at the age of 51.
5. Steve jobs
Steve Jobs was a visionary, marketer and an entrepreneur who needs no introduction. His work inspires millions even today. He is known as a revolutionary with his vision of having desktop computers a reality which later materialised as greatest technological advancements that we know today.
In early 2011, Steve Jobs’ health deteriorated as a result of which he took medical leave and appointed Tim Cook to run day-to-day operations. However, Jobs attended major events; iPad 2 launch & iCloud launch the same year. He eventually resigned from his position as CEO in August but worked for the company till the day before his death.
His last words were: “Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”
6. Henry J. Heinz
Heinz was an entrepreneur who founded Heinz Company. The company made 60 other products including Tomato Ketchup.
He died of Pneumonia in 1919.
7. Colonel sanders
Colonel Sanders is very well known as the founder of KFC. Sanders was over 60 years old when he founded this fast food chicken restaurant chain.
Sanders remained active until a month before his death, before he died of Pneumonia at the age of 90 in 1980. Sanders was buried in his characteristic white suit and black western string tie in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.
8. Andrew Carnegie
Carnegie was an Industrialist who led the expansion of American Steel Industry.
He died of Pneumonia at the age of 83.
9. Thomas Elva Edison
Edison was an inventor, most popularly known for development of electric light bulb, motion pictures and phonograph. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest inventor of all times.
Edison was active in business till the end. He was known have strict habits to keep up his health at later ages.
Despite his deteriorating health he inaugurated suburban electric train service from Hoboken to Montclair, Dover, and Gladstone, New Jersey. He died of complications of diabetes in 1931. Edison’s last breath is reportedly contained in a test tube at the Henry Ford Museum. Ford reportedly convinced Charles Edison to seal a test tube of air in the inventor’s room shortly after his death, as a memento.
10. Sam Walton
Sam Walton is very well known for founding Walmart. Walmart is the world’s largest company by revenue and also happens to be world’s biggest private employer. Walmart, even today, is a great example of retailing an supply chain in the entire world.
Walton died in 1992, of multiple myeloma, a type of blood cancer. The news of his death was relayed by satellite to all 1,960 Wal-Mart stores according to Forbes. At the time, his company employed 380,000 people. Annual sales of nearly $50 billion flowed from 1,735 Wal-Marts, 212 Sam’s Clubs, and 13 Supercenters according to Encyclopedia Britannica.