Well what about me. I retired in Oct. of 2011 at the age of 56. Retirement came from two avenues, 1) I was a Mechanical Engineer in the past, ended up in Vegas building large Casino Projects as Lead ME. At the time, the bonus structures were very good and I invested most. 2) my oldest son started, built and then sold a very successful and profitable computer game company. Together, this allowed us to purchase a small ranch/farm in the Pacific Northwest where I raise Arabian Horses and I am starting a Sustainable Beef Cattle Business. I consider myself a "Latent Cowboy". My Family backround was in Ranching when I was a child. I spend most my time ranching (in the building phase right now) plus I also manage my portfolio. I had substantial cash from bonuses and some gaming winnings at the the time of the crash. This allowed me to purchase a number of very solid stocks at rock bottom prices, some of which I still hold and others that I have turned. I tend to invest in things I know, use my common sense and do massive amounts of home work. Lately, I have been shifting my holdings a away from a more dividend based mix to growth stocks. I use about 40% of the base for higher risk stocks to keep things interesting.