John D Rockefeller

Business Magnate

John Davison Rockefeller Sr. was an American business magnate and philanthropist. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time, and the richest person in modern history. Rockefeller was born into a large family in upstate New York that moved several times before eventually settling in Cleveland, Ohio. 1 2 3

Morning

John D Rockefeller rose at 6 am and begun the day by reading the newspaper. At 7 am, he strolled through his house and gardens before sitting for breakfast at 8 am. He developed the habit of giving a dime to each new employee and a nickel to every veteran. Breakfast usually finished at 8:45 am and Rockefeller played a game of Numerica, a form of solitaire, while he digested his food. He arrived at work at 9:15 am and spent an hour replying to his correspondence. From 10:15 am to noon Rockefeller hit the golf course for a few games.

Afternoon

After some rounds of golf, Rockefeller showered and cleaned himself before lunch which was typically served at 1 pm. He played a few more games of Numerica from 1 pm to 2:30 pm. After eating and playing Numerica, the American business magnate kicked back on his coach while his mail was read aloud to him. In the late afternoon, he spent 2 hours between 3:15 and 5:15 motoring and then rested for an hour at 5:30 pm.

Evening

From 7 pm to 9 pm, Rockefeller ate dinner and again practiced the habit of playing Numerica. If he was joined by guests, they would listen to music and socialize between 9 pm to 10 pm.

Night

Rockefeller slept from around 10:30 pm to 6 am, when his routine started all over again.

Steve Jobs

Business Magnate

Steven Paul Jobs was an American business magnate, industrial designer, investor, and media proprietor. 1 2 3

Morning

Steve Jobs usually woke up at 6am to get some work completed before the rest of the household rose. At 7:30 am, Jobs ate breakfast with the family, helped the children with school and then sent them off. Job typically arrived at the office at 9:30 am and would be busy with meetings until 12:30 pm.

Afternoon

He had lunch at around 12:30 pm which would last about an hour. At 1:30 pm, Jobs headed to the design labs to check on new product development and would sometimes tinker with the designs. At 3 pm, the American business magnate returned to his office and often spent the remainder of the day dealing with his correspondence. Or preparing for any upcoming keynote presentations.

Evening

In the evening, at around 5:30 pm, Job enjoyed dinner with his family which included vegetables picked from their garden. Prior to his cancer diagnosis, Jobs followed a fruitarian diet, however, this eventually changed to a pescatarian diet so he would consume more protein. After dinner at around 6:30 pm, Job’s wife, Laurene, accompanied him on a walk.

Night

10 pm onward was a dedicated to music, meditation, and spiritually. This part of his routine was said to have helped Jobs recenter spiritually and mentally before bed.

Walt Disney

Entrepreneur

Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. 1 2

Morning

Walt Disney sometimes woke up at 5:30 am and headed to the golf course to play a few rounds before work. He’d typically play five holes, skip the rest of the course, and then finish on the 18th. After golf, Disney ate a simple breakfast consisting of toast, eggs, juice and sausages. He aimed to arrive at the office by 8 am and would start the day by reviewing storyboards and holding meetings / conferences. The late morning until noon was dedicated to WED enterprises, Disneyland, and catching up with work around the studio.

Afternoon

Disney did not approve of employees taking long lunches and himself would only have a glass of V8 tomato juice and a coffee for lunch. Although, he was known to be a prolific snacker – constantly carrying around nuts or crackers in his pockets. After lunch, Disney would spend the rest of the afternoon in meetings or writing letters. When he wasn’t working, the American entrepreneur practised different hobbies such as polo, calisthenics, ice skating, and dancing.

Evening

When work was finished for the day, Disney would enjoy a scotch mist before heading home to spend dinnertime with his wife and two daughters. He would prefer to eat simple dinner instead of expensive cuts of meat and his favourite meal was chilli and beans.

Night

Some nights Disney didn’t go to bed until midnight and even spent a period of his career working 14 hour shifts every day.

Coco Chanel

Fashion Designer

Gabrielle Bonheur "Coco" Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. The founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, she was credited in the post-World War I era with liberating women from the constraints of the "corseted silhouette" and popularizing a sporty, casual chic as the feminine standard of style. 1 2

Daily Routine

Coco Chanel did not normally wake up early and would spend the majority of her morning in her apartment at the Ritz Hotel. On some days, Chanel would clock in for work as a late 1 pm while her employees reported to work at 8:30 am.

After leaving the hotel to head to the studio, she would inform the studio staff of her whereabouts so the employees would spray perform in preparation of her arrival - Chanel would always be greeted with her signature scent. The remainder of her day was dedicated to designing. Sometimes she would work up to 9 hour shifts and was known to smoke a lot during work hours.

Chanel would follow this routine 6 days a week and stay at work until the late evening before returning to her hotel.