Special Report: 8 Over 80

Special Report: 8 Over 80

Older adults are working longer than ever before. Some do it out of necessity while others keep going because they’re passionate about their professions. In the following profiles, the Los Angeles Business Journal highlights eight Angelenos who refuse to retire despite blowing out 80 or more candles on their birthday cakes.

There’s a refugee from Baghdad who came to L.A. to become a doctor and launched a skincare empire. An attorney who has represented everyone from James Cameron to the Beatles. A deli owner who dishes up corned beef with a side of saltiness. An artist who knows no bounds. The owner of a top-selling auto dealer. A hotelier whose only regret is outliving the terms of his life insurance policy. A developer who stays young by making deals. And a distinguished professor living his best life.

In each case, these octogenarians (and beyond) have built their careers out of labors of love. Keep reading to learn their stories and some life — and business — lessons.


H.F. “Bert” Boeckmann II, Galpin Motors

Bert Fields, Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger

Izzy Freeman, Izzy’s Deli

Edward Lawler III, USC Marshall School of Business

Robert Maguire III, Developer

Dr. Howard Murad, Murad Inc.

George Rosenthal, Sunset Marquis

Betye Saar, Assemblagist

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