Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Wakes Up Two Hours After Apple CEO Tim Cook

Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella has made a very big impression in his first year on the job. He’s launched the Surface Pro 3 (our favourite gadget of the year), unveiled a dramatic re-working of Windows and even led us to seriously consider using Word (on the iPad).

That’s some job.

So it’s pretty amazing, then, to find out that Nadella doesn’t subscribe to the usual belief that CEOs need to be awake before a significant chunk of the population have gone to bed.

Apple CEO Tim Cook? He wakes up at 4.30 am.

Disney CEO Bob Iger? Also 4.30 am.

Nadella? 7.00 am.

The wildman Microsoft chief said in a Q&A with ABC that he gets at least eight hours of sleep per night. That fits nicely with the scientific consensus on how much sleep is enough -- or, rather, too little.

That compares very well to other CEOs, who usually claim around five to six hours based on this Guardian piece and this Business Insider round-up.

The full interview with Nadella can be seen below.