Ralph Nader at 80: The life of a professional disruptor

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader turns 80 this month. Here are a few career highlights of the legendary game changer.

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As the nation's leading advocate and protector of consumer interests, Ralph Nader has bent the ear of many U.S. Presidents, including then-Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter (left), whose home he visited in August 1976.

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Ralph Nader: The Fortune interview

In a career spanning more than 50 years, Nader has become both beloved and despised, often by the same folks. But few doubt his iconic status as a "public citizen" who has shaped the contemporary regulatory state.

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