50 Over 50

The 'Influentials' Who Show Us the Way

These pathfinders and innovators can't help but inspire

Pat Summitt, 60

HOOPS COACH, AARP Andrus Award winner

Leading the University of Tennessee women, she won more than five times as many games as she lost. She became a hero to many in 2011 for revealing her Alzheimer’s diagnosis. As research continues, here’s hoping for more victories.

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Maya Lin, 53


Her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington — bearing the names of every soldier to die in the war — was bitterly controversial. But Lin's wall brought respect for Vietnam vets and changed how we memorialize history. 

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Timothy Cook, 52

CEO, Apple

Nope, he doesn’t even try to emulate the style of his former boss, the late Steve Jobs. Still, like it or not, Cook is now the official go-to guy in a world that craves stylish high-tech products that need a new charger attachment with each generation.

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Hillary Clinton, 65


Forget the fact that she’s one of America’s most admired women — as she juggles geopolitical time bombs from the Mideast to the Far East, she’s one of the world’s most admired people

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Condoleezza Rice, 58


Dare we talk about this so soon after Election 2012? Aw, why not: Rice is considered one of the few Republican figures who could unite the party in 2016. Meanwhile, her insight on world affairs is frequently sought from both sides of the aisle. 

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Sonia Sotomayor, 58

ASSOCIATE JUSTICE, Supreme Court          

In 1983 she was running a legal practice out of her Brooklyn apartment; then came a law firm partnership, two federal judgeships — and finally, in 2009, the Supreme Court. “Finally” is right: It took 111 justices before the appointment of a Hispanic. 

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Robin Roberts, 52

TV HOST, Good Morning America

“It’s a journey that kind of zigzags,” she says — especially lately, after a bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder, barely five years after battling breast cancer. We wish her a lot less zigging and a lot more clear sailing. 

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Alice Waters, 68

CHEF, OWNER, Chez Panisse

At UC Berkeley in the '60s, she was active in the Free Speech Movement. After studying in France, she became a champion of market-fresh cooking. Her famed eatery opened in 1971 and was among the first to focus on organic, natural ingredients.

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