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They say you are what you eat. So, what are the highest-powered CEOs chomping down on when they’re not busy running the world’s most successful companies?
In this article, we outline some of the eating habits that could be contributing to long-term career success – from the seemingly highly nutritious to the downright bizarre.
1. Drinking 20+ Cups of Tea Every Day
Perhaps it should come as no surprise that the founder of the Virgin Group Richard Branson, has a low-key addiction to this great British beverage.
In a self-penned 2017 blog, Branson stated that he typically wakes up at 5 am but couldn’t survive without his favorite drink – English Breakfast tea. He admitted to guzzling down up to 20 cups of the brown stuff every single day, which is quite the caffeine hit.
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Apple founder Steve Jobs have both experimented with vegan diets, with the latter even adhering to a fruitarian diet (eating only fruits, vegetables, nuts, and, seeds) for a time. Jobs has asserted that switching to a vegan diet stopped him from emitting any body odor, ultimately negating the need for using deodorant and taking regular showers. Unsurprisingly, Jobs’ claim has not been fact-checked, but if you do decide to skip your morning hygiene routine you could certainly save a lot of time.
3. Eat What You Kill
Not everyone is fortunate enough to possess their own farm, hunting equipment, or easy access to an animal-filled portion of the countryside. But, if you do happen to fall into this privileged bracket, the eat-what-you-kill diet comes highly recommended by Meta founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
In 2011, Zuckerberg revealed his commitment to only consuming the meat of animals he had killed with his own bare hands. The social media billionaire claims that the challenge has resulted in healthier eating, a better understanding of how to raise animals sustainably, and a greater appreciation for the food he consumes – and it’s hard to argue with those benefits.
4. Octopus for Breakfast
Rumor has it that former Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is partial to a Mediterranean breakfast dish comprised of octopus, potatoes, bacon, green garlic yogurt, and poached eggs.
Bezos reportedly used the dish as a metaphor during a 2010 meeting with Woot founder Matt Rutledge. In response to a question about why Amazon had acquired the e-commerce company, Bezos said, “You’re the octopus that I’m having for breakfast. When I look at the menu, you’re the thing I don’t understand. , the thing I’ve never had. I must have the breakfast octopus. “
5. Mars Bar for Breakfast
It’s well documented that Tesla CEO Elon Musk much prefers a Mars bar for breakfast over a bowl of cereal or a plate of eggs.
Who can say if Musk craves a morning sugar hit or simply requires a quick grab-and-go option, but it seems oddly fitting that this is the chocolate bar of choice for the man on a mission to get to the red planet within the next five years.
6. Coke All Day, Every Day
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, and Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, are both self-declared Coca-Cola addicts.
Gates admits he is addicted to Diet Coke and is reportedly obsessed with cheeseburgers. Rumor has it that his ex-wife Melinda French didn’t allow McDonald’s in the house so Gates overcompensated by ordering his favorite fast-food meal to his workplace meetings at every opportunity.
Buffet’s food choices very much mirror Gates’. It is reported that, alongside his consumption of five Coca-Colas a day, he likes to start the day with a bowl of ice cream, enjoys munching down French fries at lunchtime, and eats McDonald’s on the regular.
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