From Elon Musk to Steve Jobs – 13 eccentric bosses as Jack Dorsey leaves Twitter

Bearded oddball Jack Dorsey is stepping down as CEO of social media giant Twitter – and over the years he has developed a reputation as a bit of an eccentric.

The 45-year-old, worth more than £10billion, is a trained masseur, enjoys cold showers, weekend fasting and spends hours meditating.

But he’s not the only wacky business supremo from history, as James Moore reveals…

Richard Branson

The adventure junkie and Virgin tycoon once tried to make it big by breeding and selling budgies, until he found they were multiplying quicker than he could flog them.

The British billionaire successfully completed the world's first fully crewed flight into space in July.

Henry Ford

The US motor giant was pals with fellow American inventor Thomas Edison and managed to capture his hero’s last breath in a test tube on his death bed, now kept in a museum.

Colonel Sanders

KFC’s American founder, Harland Sanders, started his fast-food business from a petrol station, giving up a legal career after getting into a courtroom brawl. He also once got into a gunfight with a business rival.

Bill Gates

Arrested in 1977 in New Mexico for driving without a licence and jumping a red light, the ex-Microsoft CEO has admitted memorising employee car number plates to log their movements and revealed that his hobbies include visiting rubbish dumps.

He also hired strippers to swim naked with him before he met ex-wife Melinda, according to biographer James Wallace.

Warren Buffett

A billionaire businessman, the American lives in the same house he bought in 1958 for £23,000. He drinks five cans of Coke per day, admitting he’s “one quarter Coca-Cola.”

Ray Kroc

The McDonald's magnate had a strict no secretaries policy for his company executives – thinking that they should be more hands-on and answer their own phones.

Steve Jobs

Brilliant but bizarre, Apple’s late founder used to wash his feet in the toilet to relieve stress and rarely showered. His freaky diet regimes included eating so many carrots his skin turned orange.

His 23-year-old daughter has been making a name for herself on the catwalk after her modelling debut at Paris Fashion Week last month — but she reportedly won't receive a penny of his fortune.

Ingvar Kamprad

As the founder of IKEA, the Swede was worth billions, yet he was also famously frugal, buying most of his clothes at flea markets and recycling teabags.

John Paul Getty

So stingy he installed a payphone for guests at his British mansion, the American oil tycoon only paid a ransom for his kidnapped grandson when captors sliced off the 16-year-old’s ear.

Hetty Green

A US financier once reckoned to be the richest woman in the world, she was also a total miser who bought broken biscuits because they were cheaper. She also slept with a gun tied to her hand.

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

The engineer and multimillionaire was a towering figure of 19th century Britain, but hated being only 5ft tall, which is why he always wore an eight-inch stovepipe hat. He also smoked a whopping 40 cigars a day!

Howard Hughes

The US businessmen, pilot and inventor, played by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator, became a recluse and spent his last years naked in darkened hotel rooms because he was so worried about germs.

Elon Musk

The Tesla and SpaceX chief has had a rollercoaster love life, marrying and divorcing his second wife, actress Talulah Riley – twice! When the 50-year-old’s seventh child – with Canadian singer Grimes – was born, in 2020, he announced his son’s name would be X Æ A-Xii.

The pair separated in September three years after they began dating, but continue to co-parent together.

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