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Life After 50: A Look at Who's Who in the 'Over 50' Club (PHOTOS)

Posted: 11/28/10 12:35 PM ET

Turning 50 is an interesting milestone for most people. We all have different reactions when we reach this new decade. When I hit 50, I was confused, overwhelmed and a bit nervous about what it meant, mostly because it happened so quickly. Realizing that I needed some guidance, I went to some of the best experts in the world, to get their advice, much of which is included in "The Best of Everything After 50."

While writing the book, I did a little a research about the "after-50" market. I had a lot of questions, but I also wanted to know more about the demographic I was about to enter. Turns out, I'm part of a pretty big club, and it's growing every year. A few facts:

  • Every seven seconds someone in the U.S. turns 50.
  • Fifty percent of all consumer spending is by people over 50.
  • Almost half the U.S. population will be over 50 by 2015.

Even more entertaining, though, was the list of American icons who are in the club with me. (We're getting George Clooney's membership card ready; he'll be inducted next May.)

Here are just a few members of the "Life After 50 Club." Some have been in the club for several years (like me), and others are newbies. Take a look. I think you'll feel pretty good about the company you'll keep once you join.


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Recognized as the world's top-selling female recording artist of all time, Madonna defined the sound and the look of the 80s and 90s, and continues to reinvent herself, even in her 50s.
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