Warren Buffett and 14 Other People Explain Why You Should Never Retire

If you’re like most people, you can’t wait for the day when you don’t have to work anymore. However, in some situations, you might want to rethink your plans to exit the workforce. If you’re in good health and still able to work, remaining at your job could be a better choice. Not only will your finances be in better shape, but studies have shown that delaying retirement could even extend your life. Here are 15 people who chose to never retire.

1. Betty White

Betty White
Actress Betty White believes work should be fun. | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NATAS

Why should I retire from something I love so much? I’m blessed with good health. I’m blessed with being invited to participate in television, so why should I say, ‘No, no, I’m retiring.’ To do what? Nothing that I could possibly find to do would be as much fun as what I do for a living. –Betty White

Actress Betty White reasons if you’re having fun at work, why stop? The 95-year-old told the Huffington Post she is in good health and enjoys her job. According to White, it wouldn’t make much sense to stop working so she could do nothing. White said she’ll never leave show business. “Retirement is not in my vocabulary. They aren’t going to get rid of me that way,” White told USA Today.
Next: This musician says retirement is a death sentence.

2. Ozzy Osbourne

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Musician Ozzy Osbourne says retirement is a death sentence. | Bryan Steffy/Stringer/Getty Images

I tried retirement. One thing I learned is you’ve got to have something to retire to. You sit at home thinking, ‘I’m retired.’ I suddenly thought one day that the time when you’re finally retired is when they nail the lid over your bones in the ground. That’s retirement. –Ozzy Osbourne

For entertainer Ozzy Osbourne, retirement is a death sentence. The 68-year-old said he would be bored and it’s best to have something to do instead of sitting home all day. He told Rolling Stone the people he knows who retired died shortly afterward. “People around my age go, ‘I’m 65 now. I’m retired.’ Then they die. My father got a bit of cash from the job he had, did the garden, and died … That’s a bit of an anticlimax after working so many years in a factory. I ain’t retiring. People still want to see me, so what’s there to retire from?” said Osbourne.
Next: This billionaire isn’t going anywhere.

3. Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett thinks work makes life more meaningful. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

If I quit today — I see these people. They spend a whole week planning their haircut. That is not my idea of living. –Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett believes working in a career you’re passionate about makes life more meaningful. Business Insider reported on an event Buffett was speaking at where he told the audience about the unfulfilling lives he sees retired people living. The 87-year-old billionaire investor said he’s doing what he loves and that’s what makes him happy to get up and go to work each morning. “I’m tap dancing to work every day. There’s nothing more exciting than to get there. It doesn’t get better than that,” said Buffett during his speaking engagement.
Next: This groups says they’ll keep rocking it out until they die.

4. The Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones aren’t slowing down yet. | Fiona Goodall/Getty Images

[I want the Stones legacy] to keep going. I ain’t looking to kick the bucket, yet, honey. –Keith Richards

Musician and Rolling Stones founding member Keith Richards said the band doesn’t have plans to stop making music any time soon. The group has been together for 55 years, but they’re not slowing down. Richards, 73, is reported in the Daily Mirror as saying he’s not ready to kick the bucket yet. Band mate Mick Jagger, 74, echoed Richards’ sentiments by saying he also had no plans to retire.
Next: This singer says age is just a number.

5. Willie Nelson

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Country star Willie Nelson thinks age is just a number. | Jason Davis/Getty Images for SiriusXM

What do you want me to quit? I just play music and a little golf and I don’t wanna give up either one of those. –Willie Nelson

Country music star Willie Nelson is still going strong at the age of 84. The star said music is his life and he doesn’t want to quit. Nelson was asked during an interview with CBS Sunday Morning if he had any plans to hang up his guitar, and he said not a chance. “I think age is just a number. I’ve heard it all my life. It’s not how old you are but how you feel. I’ve been lucky health-wise, career-wise, and everything. I don’t really have anything to [complain] about,” Nelson told the interviewer.
Next: Not even a wheelchair could stop this singer.

6. Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton wants to be in the music business for life. | Theo Wargo/Getty Images

I will never retire … As long as I’m able to get up in the morning, get that makeup on and my high heels on, and even if I can’t wear high heels, I’m going to do like Mae West. I’m going to sit in a wheelchair with my high heels on. –Dolly Parton

Country music singer Dolly Parton says she is in the music business for life. She was firm when she told ABC News she’s never going to stop performing. In fact, the 71-year-old is so determined to keep singing she said she would have someone wheel her around in a wheelchair during performances if she couldn’t walk anymore.
Next: This star said he’d rather die than retire.

7. Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell says he’d rather die than retire. | NBC

I’d rather drop dead at my job than retire. The idea of just playing golf makes me want to jump off a bridge. I’m going to work in my eighties or nineties if I can. –Simon Cowell

Most people try to avoid dropping dead at work, but that isn’t the case for Simon Cowell. Talent show host and producer Simon Cowell said someone will have to carry him out before he leaves his job. The 58-year-old told The Daily Star he’d rather die at work than retire. Although his comment is a bit extreme, it shows how much Cowell enjoys working.
Next: A farewell isn’t in the cards for this band.

8. Fleetwood Mac

John McVie, Christine McVie, Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood Mac wants to keep performing. | Noam Galai/Getty Images

We thought we were finished 30 years ago. And so, it’s a Rolling Stones model … Phil Collins is calling his tour ‘Not Dead Yet.’ Well, we’re not dead yet, but God forbid, we might be, so you could be like, ‘I better go and see them!’ But you will not see a poster saying this is our farewell tour. —Mick Fleetwood

Musician Mick Fleetwood is determined to remain in the music industry until he draws his last breath. The 70-year-old is not letting anything slow him down and retirement is certainly not on his mind. Right now, Fleetwood Mac is preparing for their 2018 tour. However, Fleetwood insists this won’t be the band’s last tour. Although some have speculated this is a farewell tour, Fleetwood told Rolling Stone this isn’t the case.
Next: This actor loves working on set.

9. Daniel Radcliffe

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Actor Daniel Radcliffe says he wants to die on a film set. | Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images

There’s an assumption that people make where if you’ve grown up on a set, surely you must be tired of that or want to go somewhere else. But actually, I’ve never known anything but being on film sets and I love them. They are places of immense comfort and familiarity. I hope I get to die on one. Honestly. Later rather than sooner. –Daniel Radcliffe

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe loves acting. The 28-year-old loves to act so much that he told The Guardian he doesn’t want his acting career to end until he dies on set. Although his statement is a bit eerie, his passion is admirable. If Radcliffe did change his mind and decide to retire, he would likely have a nice sum of money set aside. He said he doesn’t spend much of his money. “Anyone who is my friend knows that I don’t spend money. So, they can hang around with me as much as they like and they still ain’t going to get anything. They barely even get a birthday gift – if they’re lucky,” said Radcliffe.
Next: This musician said he would work for free.

10. Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney says he’ll always be making music. | Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS

If I retired, I’d still do exactly what I do. So, I may as well not retire. –Paul McCartney

Singer Paul McCartney says he will keep making music as long as he can. The former Beatle doesn’t believe it makes sense to retire because he would continue to make music. The 75-year-old even went one step further and told XRT Chicago he would continue to do what he’s doing right now even if he didn’t get paid.
Next: This celebrity has a second act in mind.

11. Gisele Bundchen

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Gisele Bundchen can’t imagine retiring. | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

I think [I’ll be] working on things I believe in until the day I’m no longer here, because that makes me want to wake up in the morning. So, I think I will never retire;  I’ll be always working on something. As a model, I haven’t defined a work time, but slowly I’m electing other priorities. —Gisele Bundchen

Years ago, models had short-lived careers and seemed to disappear from the spotlight as soon as they hit their late 20s. Nowadays, models are finding other ways to stay relevant. Although supermodel Gisele Bundchen retired as an active model, she still has plans to do other things. The 37-year-old told Vogue Brazil she plans to continue her career by expanding into other areas beyond modeling.
Next: This wrestler says he’s not done yet.

12. John Cena

John Cena and Roman Reigns on Raw
John Cena wants to remain with the WWE for life. | WWE.com

No. Never. –John Cena

Wrestler John Cena says he will never retire from WWE. He plans to stay with the organization for life. We don’t quite know how that will work out, but it sure is a sign of dedication. There were suspicions the 40-year-old would leave following his defeat to wrestler Roman Reigns at No Mercy 2017, but retirement doesn’t seem to be on Cena’s mind. During an interview for TMZ, Cena responds to a question about whether he would ever consider leaving WWE, and he says emphatically, “No, never. They’re family.”
Next: This designer says he has too much work to quit.

13. Karl Lagerfeld

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Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld still loves his career. | Patrick Kovarik/AFP/Getty Images

Retirement is not one of the topics with which I deal. Why should I? I still have so many projects that I sometimes don’t know where to begin. Chanel will still need some clothes when I’m 89. –Karl Lagerfeld

Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld won’t let age stop him from pursuing his career. The head creative director for Chanel, Fendi, and his namesake label, doesn’t see himself stopping anytime soon. The 84-year-old told German magazine Freundin he has many projects he’s working on and he is prepared to direct his fashion houses for many years to come.
Next: This rapper still has passion for his career.

 14. Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson

50 Cent smiles while speaking into a microphone
The rapper says he’ll always have a passion to make music. | Ethan Miller/Getty Images

I don’t think I’ll retire. I think you should look forward to me going behind the scenes more. I still have passion for music. –Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson decided early on he doesn’t want to quit the entertainment industry. He said he sees a long career ahead of him. Although the 42-year-old did make it seem like he would retire at one point, he later admitted it was a publicity stunt. Jackson told The Independent he plans to eventually branch out to other parts of the entertainment industry. “The music business itself has changed. If you can’t figure out how to develop the brand extension and opportunities that allow you to build up the marketing dollar, I don’t see how you can continue to be a superstar,” said Jackson.
Next: This royal is in it for the long haul.

15. Queen Elizabeth

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The queen wants to keep serving her nation. | Sean Gallup/Getty Images

[The queen believes] duty first, nation first, I’m going to be there. –Royal family source

Apparently, you can step down from royal duties. However, it doesn’t look like Queen Elizabeth will be doing that anytime soon. The 91-year-old is the world’s longest-living British monarch, reigning for 65 years. However, sources say the queen is planning to stay put. A source close to the royal family told the Sunday Times of London that the queen is determined to put her nation first for as long as she can.
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