Here’s What 10 Billionaires Say You Should Do Every Day

Here’s What 10 Billionaires Say You Should Do Every Day

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Philip Michael is the founder of NYEG, a real estate and VC company with $80MM in the development pipeline.

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Formerly, he was a TV/radio host on SiriusXM and Fuse. Philip’s also the founder WealthLAB and DealFLW, a free real estate investment analyzer—both of which have been recognized by Forbes.

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A native of Denmark, Philip came to New York in 2014 with $79 in his PayPal account. In 2015, he joined Bisnow Media (the largest commercial real estate news source in North America) and helped lead them to a $50MM sale as national editor and director of content strategy.

In 2019, NYEG launched a Venture Capital arm, which invests in minority and/or women-owned, early-stage startups.

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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

When Tim Ferriss, author of The 4-Hour Workweek asked the British business mogul how he stays productive, Branson answered that he works out, according to Ferriss’s 2010 book The 4-Hour Body.

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.

The young guy in casual clothes is cycling on the road in the evening city

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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.

According to the V-Man’s website, he was “eating like crap, not working out, and generally feeling awful.” He now wakes up at 6 a.m. and works out before his workday. (Here’s his full routine.)

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Related: 5 Tips to Use Visualization to Become a Successful Real Estate Investor

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.”

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