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Rise and shine: When top CEOs start their day

To get an insight into how high achievers organize their lives, The Guardian asked seven top businesspeople to run us through their working day. The bad news? A very early start is the key to success

By Patrick Kingsley and Laura Barnett  /  The Guardian

What time are you at your desk?

I am a bit of a wandering minstrel: My day often begins with breakfast meetings, before I head to my desk.

Do you e-mail throughout the day, or do you have fixed times at which you send messages?

I usually send e-mails throughout the day and into the evening. My business partners are in New York and LA, so e-mails and calls extend my working hours.

Do you have a secret e-mail address that few people know?

If I did, I would not say.

What time do you go home?

It varies as I usually have evening engagements.

Do you work from home in the evening?

I try not to work too much from home in the evening, but it depends what is going on.

What time do you go to bed?

I do not have a regular bedtime.

How much sleep do you get?

My sleep patterns vary. I used to be a bad sleeper, but I’m getting better with age. I am always up early, I never need an alarm and am instantly awake.

Do you feel tired?

Who doesn’t, sometimes?

What is your weekend like?

I walk the dogs, try to learn to ride my horse, who continually sees tigers lurking behind trees, spend time with my partner and friends, and smile, because life is to be lived.

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