Billionaire Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates is a luminary figure in both technology and charitable giving. He's revolutionized the way we use personal computers and given close to $30 billion of his own wealth to charity.
But he also does the dishes every night, insists on seven hours of sleep and plays bridge on the weekends.
Here are some tips to living a successful life complete with both wholesome and extravagant choices, just like Bill Gates.
Start the Day With a Workout
Gates starts his day with a treadmill workout, usually spending an hour on the machine while watching DVDs from the Teaching Company's "Great Courses" series, according to the New York Times. Gates is also an avid tennis player.
If you're not yet convinced you should spend a little more time in the gym, take it under advisement that Bill Gates could jump over a full-sized garbage can or chair once upon a time. He still has the ups to clear a small chair, he told Reddit users, but not the chairs of his former glory now that he's 61 years old.
Splurge Every Now and Then
For as close as he is with notoriously frugal Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) (BRK.B) CEO Warren Buffett, the two have seemingly different ideas of what a billionaire needs to survive. While Buffett lives in the same house he bought in the 1950s, Gates prefers slightly more lavish living arrangements.
Gates lives in a 66,000-square-foot mansion called "Xanadu 2" in Medina, Washington, that is worth as much as $171 million, according to Zillow Group (Z) . The home has a trampoline room with 20-foot ceilings, a pool with an underwater music system, a 200-guest reception room, 24 bathrooms, six kitchens and multiple garages to fit up to 23 cars, according to Business Insider.
Gates also owns a private jet. He has told Reddit users before that owning the jet, which he calls his biggest guilty pleasure, allows him to travel quicker and easier to accomplish his goals with his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It's not exactly easy flying commercial from Ethiopia to Seattle, after all.
Gates is one of countless mega-rich who employs a private chef. Gates' kitchen artist du jour comes from Private Chefs, a private chef placement firm run by nearly-famous Austrian home chef Christian Paier.
Paier told Forbes that many billionaires employ several home chefs - there could be one for the permanent home, one for the children's unique tastes and another to travel with the family. Costs run as high as $140,000 per year for experienced chefs. And since Gates' home city of Seattle isn't one of Private Chefs' operating cities, he's likely looking at a hefty fee.
If the private chef is otherwise engaged, Gates has said he's a fan of the "very good" burgers at West Coast chain In-N-Out. Do as Gates says, not as Gates does.
On a Reddit thread answering users' questions, Gates said his best personal finance advice for someone making under $100,000 per year is to invest in your education. Though Gates is famous for dropping out of Harvard University after two years there in the 1970s. He had a good reason - he was starting Microsoft with Paul Allen - but he wouldn't recommend it for everyone.