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The Weirdest Quirks Of Famous CEOs

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People spend their entire lives trying to get inside the heads of prosperous CEOs. What is it that makes them tick, and how did they get to be so successful? It turns out that most CEOs have a bunch of weird habits, which may account for their out of the box thinking. Weird CEO quirks can be almost anything: building a gold room, creating the perfect food, you name it and there’s a CEO who needs to do it.

Some famous CEO quirks belong to business leaders like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, but there are lesser known strange habits of CEOs that make wearing the same turtleneck every day seem tame in comparison. Whatever the quirk, the weirdest CEOs still manage to take care of business, likely because of the extra brain power freed up by their obsession. After learning about the weirdest CEOs on the planet, you should try and develop some funny CEO habits of your own and see if it helps improve your business life.

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    310 VOTES

    Getting A Hair Cut In The Office (And Holding Meetings During The Trim)

    Who Does This: Clark Benson, CEO and founder of Ranker

    Unless you're some kind of Sasquatch, you have to get your haircut. But what if you're a super busy CEO who doesn't have time to take a trip to a barber? Easy, you get someone to come into the office and cut your hair. But if you truly want to be efficient, you don't stop there: you also schedule meetings during your cut to maximize that all too precious resource, time. 

    Aside from just cutting Benson's hair, his on-call stylist also trims his eyebrows, which isn't easy because they move around a little while he talks.

    Is this weird?
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    248 VOTES

    Writing A Speech Every Night

    Who Does This: Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo

    You've probably heard about parents who have their children study incessantly as soon as they get out of school, but PepsiCo's first female CEO, Indra Nooyi, grew up in a household where she had to write a speech every day. 

    Nooyi explained to Business Insider: 

    Every night at the dinner table, my mother would ask us to write a speech about what we would do if we were president, chief minister, or prime minister — every day would be a different world leader she'd ask us to play. At the end of dinner, we had to give the speech, and she had to decide who she was going to vote for.

    Is this weird?
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    225 VOTES

    Breaking The Day Into Exact Five Minute Increments

    Who Does This: Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla; and co-founder and CEO of Neuralink

    How does a guy like Elon Musk manage to run multiple companies and shoot cars into space while pontificating about the possibility that the universe is a hologram? By scheduling the heck out of his day. Normally, he spends a couple of days at Space X and a couple of days at Tesla, but the main way he's able to get so much done is by scheduling his time into five minute increments. Musk also reportedly ignores most of his phone calls, which sounds incredibly freeing. 

    Is this weird?
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    235 VOTES

    Rocking When You Think

    Who Does This: Bill Gates, principal founder of Microsoft 

    Everyone has that thing they do when they get in the groove. Some people nod their heads or hum, but Bill Gates rocks back and forth in his chair like he's having a seizure. According to people who have witnessed his fits, they say he usually rocks when he's working on something, and the more interested he gets, the more intensely he moves.

    Is this weird?