Here’s what Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and 13 more of the busiest people in the world eat for breakfast

Richard Branson likes to kick things off with a healthy meal.

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Richard Branson likes to kick things off with a healthy meal.
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• Scientists aren’t necessarily convinced breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Tech Insider reported.

• Still, many successful people take the time to eat a balanced breakfast.

• Others, however, like Bill Gates and Donald Trump typically abandon the meal altogether.

What goes into a breakfast of champions?

Well, the science isn’t exactly settled on whether or not breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast doesn’t necessarily even help you lose weight, according to Tech Insider.

Still, tons of successful people opt to make breakfast a part of their busy schedules, with a few notable exceptions.

Here’s a look at some of the typical breakfast routines of successful people:


Virgin Group founder Richard Branson prefers to dig into fruit salad and muesli in the morning while spending time with his family.

Source: CNBC, Business Insider


Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder’s morning meal depends on whether she’s traveling or not. She has said she prefers steel-cut oatmeal when she’s at home, and bacon, scrambled eggs, and toast when she’s on the go. But either way, she always reaches for some coffee, too.

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Source: Business Insider


Singer and actor Justin Timberlake told Bon Appetit he goes for a scrambled egg along with flax-seed waffles spread with almond butter before his morning workout.

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Source: CNBC, Bon Appetit


When it comes to breakfast, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey likes to chow down on two hard boiled eggs with soy sauce.

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Source: CNBC, Forbes


Donald Trump isn’t big on breakfast. According to the Chicago Tribune, he’ll once and a while eat bacon and eggs. He told Fox News he liked cornflakes “right out of the fields of Iowa” before the 2016 presidential primary debate in Iowa. And his former bodyguard Keith Schiller said he would also occasionally pick him up an Egg McMuffin.

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Source: Chicago Tribune, Business Insider, Los Angeles Times


Talk show host Kelly Ripa waits until after “Live with Kelly and Ryan” wraps before she eats yogurt and granola. Beforehand, she’ll drink a cappuccino with half-and-half and sometimes even a triple-shot skim latte.

Source: Business Insider, Bon Appétit


In a recent interview with his brother Mark, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he used to eat an entire tube of Pillsbury biscuits for breakfast. He said he kicked the habit when his wife MacKenzie urged him to check out the ingredients — but he still keeps up the tradition of not scheduling any morning meetings in order to relax with his family.

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Source: GeekWire, Business Insider, Entrepreneur, Inc.


After his morning workout, Intuit CEO Brad Smith downs a protein shake and then heads to the office.

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Brad Smith

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First Daughter Ivanka Trump told MyMorningRoutine.com all about her typical breakfast years before her father was elected to the White House. To avoid “decision fatigue,” she said that she and her children eat either Greek yogurt and berries or oatmeal sprinkled with toppings like “chia seeds, berries, flax seed, goji berries, cinnamon, walnuts, and almonds.” She also drinks a glass of water with a lemon and a coffee.

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Source: Business Insider, MyMorningRoutine.com


For Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett, breakfast is determined by how the stock market is doing. Business Insider reported that every morning, his wife Astrid places a certain amount of change in his cupholder. $2.61 buys him two sausage patties, $2.95 snags him a sausage McMuffin with egg and cheese, and a bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit costs $3.17. He goes for the more expensive McDonald’s options when he’s feeling “prosperous,” according to Business Insider.

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In an interview with Betsy Layne High School students, Microsoft founder Bill Gates claimed to enjoy Cocoa Puffs, but his wife Melinda said he typically skips breakfast.

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Source: Inc., Youtube, Business Insider


Google CEO Sundar Pichai told Recode he has the “very English” habit of drinking a cup of tea every morning. He also typically eats an omelet.

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Source: Recode, Business Insider


German Chancellor Angela Merkel always eats breakfast with her husband, chemistry professor Joachim Sauer. He often asks her about political issues at the table.

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Sources: TIME, Der Spiegel, Business Insider, Reuters


Breakfast usually isn’t on the menu for Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. When he does manage to squeeze in a morning meal, it’s typically an omelet and coffee.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin usually tucks into a large omelet or a big bowl of porridge with some quail eggs and fruit juice on the side around noon. Newsweek reports that the ingredients are “dispatched regularly from the farmland estates of the Patriarch Kirill, Russia’s religious leader.” Once he’s finished his meal, he drinks coffee.

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Source: Newsweek, Business Insider