Slate Presents '80 Over 80'
Influential octogenarians, from politicians to celebrities
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 11:25 AM CST
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)
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(Newser) – 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.