2 of the 3 Richest People in the World Drink This First Thing in the Morning

Ah, the lives of the mega-rich. These men know wealth the majority of the world can’t even fathom, are responsible for developments that have changed our lives, and have nearly everything on Earth at their fingertips. So what do they reach for when they hop out of bed?

First, we’ll explore the lives of two of the three richest men in the world, followed by the one drink they swear by (page 3). We’ll also explore what the outlier of these billionaires drinks instead (page 7).

Bill Gates

Bill Gates usually skips breakfast. | JP Yim/Getty Images

Bill Gates is worth about $92.9 billion, according to Forbes. But the Microsoft founder has a daily routine that is surprisingly normal.

After stepping down from the top of Microsoft over a decade ago, Gates threw himself into the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the project he and his wife started together. Gates checks The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist every morning, Business Insider reports. And, according to his wife, he often skips breakfast.

Next: This billionaire bases his breakfast on the stock market.

Warren Buffett

warren buffett

No, Warren Buffett doesn’t start the day with a Dairy Queen Blizzard. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

Warren Buffett just slightly tops Gates’ fortune at $93.2 billion, as of January 2018. The 87-year-old spends around 80% of his workday reading, Business Insider reports, and his traditional McDonald’s breakfast depends on how the stock market is doing.

Buffett gets his morning news from different sources than Gates. Business Insider says his top picks include USA Today, CNBC, and Forbes.

Next: The drink of billionaires

So what do they drink?

Glass Coca Cola bottles

The billionaires love Coca-Cola. | blueclue/iStock/Getty Images

The two billionaires are Coca-Cola fiends, it turns out. “I’m one-quarter Coca-Cola,” Buffett told Fortune. And Gates reportedly demands his hotel rooms are stocked with Diet Coke

In fact, Buffett even talked about his daily drink on CNBC. “I drink probably five 12-ounce Cokes a day,” Buffett said. “I can’t imagine anybody that feels better than I do.”

Next: Gates gave his Coke consumption greater meaning.

Gates recognizes his impact

Bill Gates estimates he creates 35 pounds of empty Diet Coke cans a year. | George Frey/Getty Images

Gates tweeted the math on aluminum cans, along with a reference to his self-dubbed habit. He used his Diet Coke consumption as an example of why increasing efficiency allows us to consume more (soda, in this instance) rather than less.

In the article he linked to, Gates wrote about his appreciation for the materials we use to construct our modern life. “Once I’m at the office, I usually open a can of Diet Coke. Over the course of the day, I might drink three or four. All those cans also add up to something like 35 pounds of aluminum a year,” he said.

Next: Buffett invests in what he loves.

Buffett puts his money where his mouth is

Coca-Cola delivery trucks

Warren Buffett is a staunch Coca-Cola defender. | Oscar Sabetta/Getty Images

Buffett opts for regular Coke, but he sometimes treats himself to Cherry Coke. Berkshire Hathaway owns 9% of Coca-Cola, so as an investor, Buffett literally puts his money where his mouth is. This has sparked criticism from some who think Coke’s products are contributing to growing obesity rates in America. “I think Coca-Cola has been a very positive factor in the country and the world. And I really don’t want anyone telling me I can’t drink it,” Buffett said at the 2017 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.

Next: You’ll never guess what this billionaire ate on his honeymoon.

Plenty of billionaires follow less-than-optimal diets

Trump eating pizza

Donald Trump is known to like unhealthy foods. | Evan Agostini/Getty Images

Gates and Buffett aren’t the only wealthy men guilty of eating unhealthy foods. Despite their deep pockets, Mark Zuckerberg and President Donald Trump are known to spend a few bucks at McDonald’s now and then.

The Facebook CEO was spotted in Rome — you know, that city famous for its pasta, pizza, and wine — eating a grab-and-go McDonald’s meal. Did we mention it was while he was on his honeymoon with wife, Priscilla Chan?

Next: The wealthiest person alive doesn’t swear by Coca-Cola.

Jeff Bezos opts for water instead

Jeff Bezos has healthier habits than his ultra-rich peers. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The wealthiest person alive (worth over $100 billion), Jeff Bezos doesn’t rely on Coca-Cola like his two peers. Instead, Amazon’s founder is usually seen with a water bottle on hand for maximum hydration.

His food habits differ from those of Gates and Buffett. The billionaire is much more fond of starting the day with a healthy breakfast with his wife and has an “out of control” obsession with food trucks, Business Insider reports.

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