What sets billionaires apart from the rest?
Is it just their immense wealth?
Sure, having such extravagant amounts of cash at their disposal lets them do, have, own and enjoy things most people can only dream of. But it’s not something they always had.
Most billionaires weren’t born rich. It’s something they gained over time through hard work and perseverance (and maybe just a bit of luck).
But we all have the capacity to work hard and persevere. So, what is it that makes them special?
If we were to guess, it’s the things they do at the start of their day that greatly affect everything else on their busy schedules.
In other words, it’s their morning routines that we believe are the secret to their success.
Curious what a billionaire morning routine looks like? Here are the morning routines of 10 of the most famous billionaires, so you can create your very own that can set you up for success.
Elon Musk is currently the richest man in the world. He has an estimated net worth of over $170 billion. A business magnate, he is the CEO of SpaceX, a company that designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecrafts; Tesla, a manufacturer of electric cars; and Twitter.
Elon is said to work up to 120 hours a week. How does someone who works so much start his day? He wakes up at 7 AM and gets right to business. He spends half an hour reading and responding to important emails while drinking coffee. He says he’s too busy to eat breakfast.
Jeff Bezos is the founder, executive chairman, and former president and CEO of Amazon, the multinational e-commerce company that’s considered the world’s largest online retailer.
As head of Amazon, you’d think Jeff would be so busy he’d hardly have any time to sleep. But, surprisingly enough, he always tries his best to sleep a full 8 hours every night. He reportedly wakes up naturally without an alarm. He likes to hold what he calls “high IQ” meetings in the morning, ideally at 10 AM before lunch.
Mark Zuckerberg is known as the co-founder of Facebook and Meta, the social media giant’s parent company of which he is the chairman, CEO and controlling shareholder.
Like most kids hooked on social media, the first thing Mark does when he wakes up is check his phone. He logs into Facebook, Messenger and WhatsApp in bed.
He says he doesn’t like wasting time on “small decisions,” so he basically wears the same outfit—a grey T-shirt, jeans and sneakers—every day.
Bill Gates is the co-founder of Microsoft, where he was the chairman, CEO, president, chief software architect and the largest individual shareholder. He’s mostly a philanthropist now.
Bill starts his day by doing cardio exercises. He would spend an hour on the treadmill while watching educational DVDs.
Jack Dorsey is known as the co-founder of Twitter. He is now focused on managing his payments company Block, formerly known as Square.
Jack wakes up at 5 AM. He meditates for half an hour, then completes a 7-minute workout 3 times. Once he’s done, he has his morning coffee and checks into work.
Oprah Winfrey is a talk show host, television producer, actress, author and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was broadcast across the country and ran from 1986 to 2011. She was the richest African-American of the 20th century, was once the world’s only black billionaire and was ranked as the most influential woman in the world.
Oprah wakes up at 7 AM, brushes her teeth, and takes her 5 dogs for a walk. While waiting for her espresso to brew, she reads a card from her 365 Gathered Truths box, then reads her daily Bowl of Saki. Afterwards, she meditates and does an hour-long workout.
Sara Blakely is a businesswoman, philanthropist and founder of Spanx, a female intimate apparel company. In 2012, she was included in TIME magazine’s “Time 100,” its annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2014, she was listed as the 93rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes.
Unlike most people, Sara doesn’t drink coffee in the morning. She says she’s never had a cup. Instead, she drinks a smoothie made of frozen wild berries, dark cherries, dates, cinnamon, fresh mint, lemon, spinach, cilantro, kale, water, ice, chia seeds and walnuts. She also tries to get a yoga session in at 6:30 AM before taking her kids to school.
Anastasia Soare is a Romanian-American businesswoman. Known as the “Eyebrow Queen,” she is the founder and CEO of Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH), a cosmetics company best known for their eyebrow products. She has been listed by Forbes as one of the wealthiest self-made women in the US.
Like Mark Zuckerberg, Anastasia checks her phone when she wakes up at 7 AM. Instagram is the first app she checks every morning. She always has 2 cups of black coffee and eats a light breakfast while replying to her emails. Her personal trainer comes to her house most days,who helps her exercise for an hour.
Warren Buffett is one of the most successful investors in the world. Dubbed the “Oracle of Omaha,” he is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. The businesses they partially own include Kraft Heinz, Coca-Cola, American Express, Bank of America and Apple.
Warren usually sleeps a full 8 hours a night. He wakes up at 6:45 AM and starts his day by reading newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Richard Branson is a British entrepreneur and business magnate. He co-founded the Virgin Group, a multinational venture capital conglomerate that currently controls over 400 companies in various fields.
Richard exercises every morning without fail. He likes tennis, swimming, paddleboarding and kite surfing.
The Healthy Habits That Make Up These Billionaire Morning Routines
- Waking up early
- Doing an activity that contributes to physical health, be it working out, meditation or yoga
- Improving mental well-being by reading or listening to educational or informative material
- Eating a healthy breakfast
- Tackling the most important tasks right away
- “Having a set morning routine can help jump-start your day. Here’s how 9 billionaires start their mornings.” by Katya Kupelian for Business Insider
- “10 Morning Rituals That Are Common to All Billionaires”, Great Performers Academy
- “The 10 Richest People in the World” by Dan Moskowitz for Investopedia