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A day in the life of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who works up to 60 hours a week and has a squad of 12 employees to help him with social media

Áine Cain , Business Insider US
 Jan 31, 2020, 05:08 PM
  • Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg eliminates nonessential choices from his life and sets ambitious personal goals to help him balance his work and home life.
  • Zuckerberg spends 50 to 60 hours a week at Facebook, and his work ethic has made him especially popular with employees.
  • The billionaire's daily schedule includes exercise, family time, and lots of travel.
  • The first thing Zuckerberg does when he wakes up each morning at 8 a.m. is check Facebook, he once said according to The Telegraph.
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Between running Facebook and raising two young daughters, Mark Zuckerberg has a lot on his plate.

While the tech CEO dedicates many hours to work, he still makes the time to exercise, travel extensively, and be with his family, he's said in past interviews. Zuckerberg stays productive and balanced by eliminating nonessential choices from his life and setting ambitious goals for himself.

Here's a look at a typical day for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.


After waking up at 8 a.m., the Facebook founder immediately checks Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp on his phone before he even puts on his contacts, he told Jerry Seinfeld in a Facebook Live Q&A.

The social media session typically only lasts a few minutes but can take longer depending on current events, Zuckerberg said.

Sources: The Telegraph, Inc.


Once he's gotten his morning updates, it's time to work out. "I try to go for a run or work out, that's a good way to start the day," Zuckerberg said. He typically exercises about three times a week.

Source: Business Insider , The Telegraph


Sometimes he brings his Hungarian Sheepdog, Beast, along. The tech CEO says running with his pet has the "added bonus of being hilarious" because it's "basically like seeing a mop run."

Sources: Time, Business Insider


Once he's gotten his exercise in, Zuckerberg's not too picky about what he eats for breakfast. He'll usually just dig into whatever he's feeling that day. He doesn't like to waste time on small decisions.

Source: The Daily Mail


That's also why he wears the same thing almost every day. Zuckerberg's "work uniform" consists of jeans, sneakers, and a gray T-shirt.

Drew Angerer/Getty Images

When asked about his wardrobe in 2014, he told an audience: "I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community."

Sources: Business Insider, Business Insider


His Palo Alto home is tricked out with a "custom-made artificially intelligent assistant," according to CNBC.

Source: CNBC


Zuckerberg puts in 50 to 60 hours a week at Facebook, but he thinks about the social media platform constantly.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

"I spend most of my time thinking about how to connect the world and serve our community better, but a lot of that time isn't in our office or meeting with people or doing what you'd call real work," he told CNN.

Source: CNN


The Verge reported that Zuckerberg has some help managing his own social media channels. A squad of 12 employees helps him eliminate inappropriate comments and post updates on his Facebook page.

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Source: The Verge


When he's not working, Zuckerberg spends some time expanding his mind. He's learning Mandarin Chinese. He also tries to tackle as many books as he can — in 2015, he challenged himself to read a new book every two weeks.

Sources: Inc., Business Insider, Quartz


Zuckerberg's daily schedule tends to vary more when he travels.


He's frequently on the road to meet with world leaders, including Pope Francis in Rome ...

Source: Business Insider


... President Trump in Washington DC ...

Source: Business Insider


... French President Emmanuel Macron ...

Source: Business Insider


... and celebrities like his friend Vin Diesel.

Kimberly White / Stringer / Getty Images

"It's at a point where if Mark and I are together and if I quote a line from a character I played and I do it slightly wrong, he'll correct me," Diesel said in 2017. "It's embarrassing!"

Source: Business Insider


Whether he's traveling or working, Zuckerberg makes sure to spend time with his wife, Priscilla Chan, and his daughters, Max and August.

Source: Business Insider, Business Insider, Business Insider


Every night before going to bed, the Facebook CEO tucks his children in with a traditional Jewish prayer, the "Mi Shebeirach."

Source: The Huffington Post

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