A day in the life of Jeff Bezos — who wakes up without an alarm, washes dishes after dinner, and has a soft spot for 'Star Trek'

Aine Cain
Friday 28 July 2017 17:36 BST
For a short time on Thursday, Jeff Bezos was the richest individual on the planet
For a short time on Thursday, Jeff Bezos was the richest individual on the planet

Jeff Bezos on Thursday became the richest person in the world.

According to The New York Times, the Amazon founder and CEO has $90.6 billion to his name.

He beat out fellow billionaire and Seattle resident Bill Gates to snag the top spot.

In addition to founding the online retail behemoth Amazon, Bezos also owns The Washington Post and an aerospace company, Blue Origin.

So what does daily life look like for this tech mogul?

Bezos is a big believer in getting enough shut-eye. He wakes up every morning naturally, without the aid of an alarm clock.


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He always starts the day by sharing a healthy breakfast with his wife, the novelist MacKenzie Bezos.

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To spend quality time with MacKenzie and their four children, he never schedules early-morning meetings.

MacKenzie Bezos with her husband, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos

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Bezos is famously not big on meetings in general. He's said to meet with Amazon investors for only six hours a year.

Mike Pence listens as Donald Trump addresses tech chiefs in New York last month. From left: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Google parent Alphabet’s Larry Page and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg

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When he does call a meeting, Bezos employs a "two-pizza rule" — he never organises a meeting where two pizzas couldn't feed the entire group.

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Bezos apparently used to be an occasionally explosive boss, but there are rumours that he has hired an executive coach to "help him tone it down."


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In general, he has set a "frugal" tone at Amazon, which doesn't throw perks like massages or free lunch at employees.

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Bezos has a taste for unusual dishes. During a meeting with Woot founder Matt Rutledge, he ordered octopus with potatoes, bacon, green garlic yogurt, and eggs for breakfast. "When I look at the menu, you're the thing I don't understand, the thing I've never had," Bezos said. "I must have the breakfast octopus."

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Bezos also has a fondness for food trucks. In 2014, he told Business Insider Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget about a phenomenally popular truck outside of Amazon's headquarters. "It's out of control, actually," he said.


Source: Recode

There's one after-dinner ritual Bezos always adheres to: washing the dishes. "I'm pretty convinced it's the sexiest thing I do," he told Blodget.

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It's unclear whether Bezos has a workout routine. However, photos of the CEO at a recent conference elicited comparisons to Vin Diesel, as commenters noted his muscular appearance.


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Amazon now runs several popular original series, like "The Man in the High Castle" and "Transparent," but the Amazon CEO is a Trekkie. Bezos even made a surprise cameo in the 2016 film "Star Trek Beyond."


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Other than watching "Star Trek," Bezos has another space-related hobby: gliding about in a submarine looking for old NASA rockets. He often brings his kids along for the adventure.


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Bezos makes sure to get enough rest — he sleeps for eight hours every night.

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Source: CNBC, Inc., Entrepreneur

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