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Morning rituals of 5 of the world's most successful people in business

The early bird definitely catches the worm

How do the world's most successful people in business start their day?

Early, from the sound of it. But not everyone shares the same routine: From Tim Cook to Jack Dorsey, here are the morning rituals of some of the high fliers in business.

1) Virgin America CEO, David Cush

Cush told AP that he usually wakes up at 4.15am (yikes), sends emails and calls business associates. After that he listens to Dallas sports radio, reads the paper and heads to the gym.

2) Apple Inc. CEO, Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks at the WSJD conference in California

Tim Cook is well known for his morning work habits. According to Gawker, Cook gets up at around 4.30am to send out company email. By 5am he’s in the gym. And he prides himself on being first in the office, and the last out.

3) Disney CEO, Robert Iger

Cinderella, 1950, features a pumpkin which turns into a beautiful carriage to transport her to the ball

Iger told the New York Times that he gets up at 4.30am every single morning, and claims to exercise, read the papers, listen to music, check emails and watch TV all at the same time.

4) Square CEO and founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the service's first tweet: "just setting up my twttr". Source: Getty Images

In a poll of 20 executives by time management expert Laura Vanderkam, Dorsey was reported to wake up at 5.30am to go jogging. In 2013, he admitted he used to ensure he put in eight hours a day at each company, meaning he was working 16 hour days. But he made sure the weekends were used to wind down before the next working week.

5) Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz

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According to Porfolio.com, Schultz begins his day with a workout, but still manages to get to the office by 6am. President Michelle Gass is another early bird: she gets up at 4.30am every morning to go running, and has done for 15 years. Must be all that coffee they drink.

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