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What Richard Branson and other successful leaders eat for breakfast

People who eat breakfast are more likely perform better at work or school and are more likely to eat healthily overall. But you probably knew that.

If you're looking to up your breakfast game and eat like a billionaire or CEO, then you might want to follow the lead of Jack Dorsey, Justin Timberlake, and other titans.

Here are the tasty, if perhaps slightly odd, foods seven successful people have for breakfast.

1. Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey
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Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter and Square, opts for a rather strange morning meal: two hard boiled eggs with soy sauce, according to Forbes.

2. Payal Kadakia

Payal Kadakia, co-founder and CEO of ClassPass
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Payal Kadakia, co-founder and CEO of ClassPass

The co-founder and CEO of fitness start-up ClassPass Fruits opts for very green breakfast. Kadakia eats a handful of fruits, take a few vitamins, and grabs a Starbucks citrus green tea.

3. Richard Branson

Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group
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Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group

English business magnate Richard Branson skips the common British breakfast of toast or cereal. Instead, the founder of The Virgin Group eats fruit salad and muesli, a dish of raw rolled oats often served with dried fruits or nuts.

4. Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake
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Justin Timberlake

For this pop icon, one breakfast isn't enough. For Justin Timberlake's first breakfast, he eats flax-seed waffles with almond butter along with a scrambled egg, he tells Bon Appetit. Then, after a workout, he opts for another egg or protein shake.

5. Cheryl Bachelder

Popeye's CEO Cheryl Bachelder.
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Popeye's CEO Cheryl Bachelder.

When Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder is at home, she eats steel-cut oatmeal, she writes on Business Insider. When traveling, she has scrambled eggs, crispy bacon and toast, a lighter, but perhaps less appealing, option than Popeye's fried chicken, egg and sausage options.

6. Kat Cole

Kat Cole, group president of FOCUS Brands and executive at Cinnabon
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Kat Cole, group president of FOCUS Brands and executive at Cinnabon

Cinnabon executive Kate Cole has egg whites, toast with avocado, and fruit.

"I have to eat like that to afford that Cinnabon later in the day," Cole tells CNBC.

7. John Mackey

John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market
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John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market

The co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market, like many customers of his grocery store chain, loves kale. For breakfast, Mackey makes a green smoothie out of almond, oat, rice, or soy milk along, with fresh fruit and kale or spinach leaves, he tells The New York Times.

Now that you have some breakfast inspiration from successful people, check out what these nine self-made millionaires do every morning.

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