If you want to follow the billionaire blueprint, one theme seems to come up each and every time. According to Tom Corley, author of Change Your Habits, Change Your Life, 76 percent of the rich exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.
In the following list, these 10 billionaires (plus one honorable mention) give partial credit for their success and happiness to physical fitness. Here’s what each of them has to say.
1. Richard Branson | Founder, Virgin Group
Branson, worth a reported $4.5 billion, said his physical activities, which include swimming, Bikram Yoga, rock climbing, running, and weight lifting, give him at least four additional hours of productivity each day.
“I definitely can achieve twice as much by keeping fit,” Branson has said in the past. “It keeps the brain functioning well.”
2. Mark Zuckerberg | CEO, Facebook
The 36-year-old CEO is worth around $96 billion. On exercising, the Facebook founder says, “I make sure I work out at least three times a week—usually first thing when I wake up.”
3. Mark Cuban | Owner, Dallas Mavericks
The famous investor says he tries to get in an hour of cardio each day. In his words, exercising helps fuel his competitive spirit, a trait he transfers over to his business dealings.
“I have to go longer than anyone who started before me,” he says, a drive that leads to stuff like, well, this.
4. Warren Buffett | Chairman, Berkshire Hathaway
At the ripe young age of 89, the world’s greatest investor still finds time to work out. His doctors told him to change his diet, but he didn’t want to. Instead, he chose to exercise, the “lesser of the two evils,” he told CNBC.
5. Brian Chesky | CEO, Airbnb
When he’s not disrupting the lodging industry, Airbnb chief Brian Chesky, a former competitive bodybuilder, stays diesel with a weight-rich workout regimen.
6. Bill Gates | Founder, Microsoft
The Microsoft founder, who’s been in (or around) the top billionaire spot since 1995, kicks off his day with an hour on the treadmill while watching educational videos.
7. Gary Vaynerchuk | Investor (Twitter, Uber, Venmo)
Not quite a billionaire but definitely deserving of an honorable mention, GaryVee’s a legitimate business rockstar and public speaker.
8. Elon Musk | Founder, Tesla and SpaceX
Known as one of the greatest investors and minds of all time, the South African works 100 hours a week as—check this—both CEO and CTO of SpaceX (valued at $36 billion) and Tesla, which is worth around $208 billion. (Yes, that’s two multi-billion-dollar companies he runs.)
In spite of his ridiculously jam-packed schedule, the 46-year-old still swims, plays tennis, and works out at the gym regularly. To save time on his morning drive, he’s packed his 20,000-square-foot home with most health club amenities.
9. Jeff Bezos | CEO, Amazon
The Amazon founder’s been killing it in recent years. He closed a historic deal to buy Whole Foods and punctuated an epic summer by becoming the richest man alive. Bezos works out with strength training regularly and insists (unlike many billionaires) on eight hours of sleep a night.
And judging by the looks of it, he’s been putting in that organic work with The Rock and Vin Diesel.
10. Vince McMahon | CEO, WWE
In case you didn’t know, the WWE head honcho is over 70 and JACKED. Despite basically micromanaging a billion-dollar global franchise—with just three to four hours of sleep per night and an inhumane work ethic—the now 74-year-old still gets it in at the gym. According to son-in-law and WWE executive Paul “Triple H” Levesque, you can find Mr. McMahon hitting the weights at 2 am.
11. Jack Dorsey | CEO, Twitter and Square (Yes, both)
Like Musk, Jack Dorsey runs two billion-dollar companies, Twitter and Square. As a result, Dorsey reportedly puts in 18-hour workdays at the helm of two publicly traded companies. Here’s an inspirational Wall Street Journal report on how he somehow runs both.)
To avoid going freakin’ insane, Dorsey considers exercise a way to get more out of his already packed schedule, integrating it into his routine: “Up at 5, meditate for 30, seven-minute workout times three, make coffee, check in,” Dorsey revealed on Product Hunt. “Same thing every day,” says Dorsey. “[It] allows a steady state that enables me to be more effective.”
Has a personal fitness routine helped you stay on top of your business?
I want to hear what works for you!