Inside the daily routine of billionaire Bill Gates, who loves to read, tours missile silos, and washes the dishes every night

REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoMicrosoft billionaire Bill Gates loves to learn.
  • Bill Gates is one of the wealthiest people on the planet.
  • The Microsoft founder has thrown himself into charitable work in recent years. Gates and his wife Melinda run the philanthropic Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • While running his foundation, Gates tends to have a pretty normal day: He exercises, catches up on the news, works out, and spends time with his family.
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Bill Gates is worth $US103 billion, making him the second wealthiest person on planet Earth after Jeff Bezos, who’s worth an estimated $US139 billion, according to Forbes.

What does the Microsoft co-founder and billionaire get up to all day?

Since stepping down from the helm of Microsoft in 2006, Gates has thrown himself into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which donates money to research and charitable organisations. After leaving his post on Microsoft’s board of directors in 2019, Gates’ commitment to the foundation has become even more apparent. In addition, he’s been meeting with top science experts and speaking out about public health policy in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

His daily routine, which Business Insider gathered prior to social distancing and the pandemic, is often quite busy and varied. Here’s a look inside the daily schedule of Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest men in the world.


Gates claims to enjoy the chocolate cereal Cocoa Puffs, but his wife Melinda told Betsy Layne High School students that he usually skips breakfast.

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If he’s not travelling, Gates starts the day in this staggering Medina, Washington property.

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Back in 2008, Gates was known to work out on the treadmill after waking up, while “watching DVDs from the Teaching Company’s ‘Great Courses’ series,” according to the New York Times.

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Source: The New York Times


He also loves to play tennis.

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Gates checks the headlines every morning. He typically reads The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist.

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He’s in tune with the daily headlines and is particularly interested in public health policy. Whenever he has time, he shares his thoughts on his blog or on Twitter.

Source: GatesNotes and Twitter


According to The Telegraph, his schedule is broken up into five-minute intervals — Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk does the same. Every moment is carefully planned.

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Source: The Telegraph, Business Insider


It’s a jam-packed routine, but the billionaire keeps track of his plans and ideas by jotting down notes.

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Source: CNBC


When it comes to lunch, Gates has one favourite meal in particular. In a Reddit AMA, the billionaire responded “Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger” to a question about his favourite sandwich.

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Source: Reddit


Gates is a famously voracious reader, and always sets some time aside to hit the books. He also recommends a ton of titles on his blog.

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Source: Business Insider, GatesNotes


Gates can kick back and read in his enormous library.

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The domed room features numerous rare books, including Leonardo da Vinci’s famed “Codex Leicester.”

Source: Business Insider


When he’s not working or reading, Gates spends time with his three kids.

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Source: Quartz


He especially enjoys touring unusual locations like electric plants and missile silos with his son. “He likes learning along with me,” Gates told Quartz.

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Source: Quartz


While spending time with his family is Gates’ favourite past time, he also enjoys playing bridge on the weekends.

Source: Reddit


So how does he unwind at the end of the day?

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By doing chores, apparently.

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Source: CNBC


In 2014, Gates told Reddit that he washes the dishes every night, adding that “other people volunteer but I like the way I do it.”

Source: CNBC


And, when it comes time for bed, Gates makes sure that he turns in early enough to snag seven hours of shut eye.

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Source: Inc., The Huffington Post

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