In 2017, Jeff Bezos surpassed Bill Gates as the richest man in the world. As of January 2018, the founder and CEO of Amazon was worth a whopping $101 billion. Bezos founded Amazon in 1994, and still owns 17% of the company today. Here’s the first thing the world’s richest man does every day — starting with how he wakes up.
He doesn’t use an alarm clock
According to Business Insider, Bezos believes in waking up naturally. He thinks it’s healthier for you to not be forced to wake up to the sound of an alarm clock every morning. Plus, it allows him to start off his day on a better foot and on his own terms.
Next: This is his most important meal of the day.
This is the first thing he does once he’s out of bed
After he conquers getting out of bed, the first thing he does every day is eat a healthy breakfast with his wife. He’s been married to his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, since 1993 — just a year before he started the company that would change his life. The two live together near Seattle, which is also where billionaire Bill Gates lives.
Next: Here’s the one thing he swears off in the morning.
He doesn’t believe in early morning meetings
Bezos never plans a meeting for the early morning. To him, that is important time that he spends with his wife and children. Bezos has a pretty easy early morning schedule. He wakes up on his own, enjoys breakfast with his wife, and doesn’t have to stress about attending a meeting. It must be nice to be that rich.
Next: He lives by this interesting rule.
He has a ‘two-pizzas’ rule
When Bezos does schedule a meeting, he keeps one important rule in mind: the two-pizzas rule. No, he doesn’t buy everybody pizza. This rule is his way of keeping the number of people at the meeting to a minimum. Bezos never schedules a meeting where two pizzas wouldn’t be enough to feed the group. This way, it’s always a small number of people.
Next: He’s also not a fan of these.
He’s not a big ‘meeting’ guy
Bezos doesn’t really like meetings. He dislikes them so much that he almost never meets with Amazon’s investors. In a rare interview (he’s also not big on public appearances), Bezos said he only meets with investors for about six hours per year. “We don’t meet with our biggest investors,” he told Business Insider. “We meet with investors who have low portfolio turns.”
Next: He hired someone to help him control this.
He hired someone to help his tone
Being a boss can be stressful. Being the CEO of Amazon is probably even more stressful. Rumor has it that Bezos used to be a pretty explosive boss. Sources close to the CEO have even said he hired an executive coach to help him tone it down. Running the biggest company in the world can’t be easy, but maybe Bezos saw that screaming at his employees wasn’t going to make anything better.
Next: He gets creative with his plate.
He orders bizarre meals for himself
Meal time is a time when Bezos can explore his palate a little bit. Once, during a meeting with Matt Rutledge (founder of Woot), Bezos ordered octopus with potatoes, bacon, green garlic yogurt, and eggs. This was just breakfast — maybe he does occasionally break that “no early morning meetings” rule. Either way, do we even want to know what lunch was?
Next: … but this option works for him, too.
… or heads to a food truck
Amazon doesn’t have the same benefits that a lot of large, successful companies have. Instead of giving his employees free lunch, Bezos gives them plenty of options. “We have an unbelievable food truck scene around our headquarters,” he told Business insider. Other benefits include letting employers bring their dogs to work, and having a building with windows that open. “People, it turns out, really like fresh air,” he said.
Next: He considers this the sexiest thing about him.
After dinner, he always washes the dishes
Bezos loves doing the dishes, but not for himself. He thinks it’s the sexiest thing he does, and that makes his wife happy. Bezos makes it clear that no matter how much money you have, you’re never too rich to scrape leftover food into the garbage can and load up the dishwasher with dirty plates. He didn’t disclose whether or not he ever empties that dishwasher, though.
Next: He needs to stay in shape somehow.
He fits in a workout routine
Bezos hasn’t admitted what his workout routine is. He also hasn’t said what time he does it. One thing that’s for sure is that he definitely hits the weights, and probably quite frequently. Photos of Bezos recently surfaced from a conference he attended, and he bared a striking resemblance to Vin Diesel. It would be hard to look like that without fitting a gym session somewhere into the day.
Next: He loves watching this series.
And maybe watches some ‘Star Trek’
Bezos has been obsessed with space since he was little. With that said, he’s also been a Trekkie since he was little. In 2016, he made a guest appearance in the movie Star Trek Beyond. Of course, he didn’t look anything like himself. Besides starting his own company, he realized his childhood dream of being a part of his favorite series.
Next: Bonding with his kids isn’t what you’d expect.
He takes his kids out in a submarine
In 2013, Jeff Bezos funded a project to create a submarine that would recover engines from an Apollo mission. Now, Bezos enjoys gliding around in a submarine looking for engine parts. Sometimes, he even takes his four kids with him. This might not be a daily activity, but everyone needs to do something fun on the weekends, right?
Next: His dream has now turned into a hobby.
He works on his aerospace company
That submarine didn’t just come out of nowhere. Bezos actually founded his own private space company, Blue Origins. When he was younger, he told his teachers that he wanted to be a space entrepreneur. At the time, he probably didn’t realize that founding his own space company would end up being one of his hobbies.
Next: He also finds time in his day to be the boss of this.
He owns The Washington Post
In 2013, Bezos bought the Washington Post for $250 million. He purchased the newspaper after 80 years of one family’s dedication, and promised to keep independent journalism afloat. While $250 million might seem like a lot, for Bezos, it was the perfect amount for another business venture. Now, he owns the newspaper and has to fit that into his busy day as well.
Next: He has very particular sleeping habits.
He always gets 8 hours of sleep
In addition to not setting an alarm, he always makes sure he gets a decent amount of sleep. Adults need anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to perform their best throughout the day. For Bezos, starting and ending his day on his own terms clearly have made for a successful career.
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