As much as Jimmy Kimmel the entertainer comes across as a subversive prankster, the real-life Kimmel could win the title for the hardest-working man in show business. He not only hosts the weeknight show, he’s the hands-on executive producer, runs Jackhole Productions and seldom turns down an opportunity to help a charitable organization.

Kimmel on being a good leader: “The only thing that I think I  did right is that I always try to work harder than anyone else. It eliminates a lot of excuses from people if they see me working very hard.”

Among other habits, Kimmel is a stickler for being on time. “I think it is disrespectful when you are late,” he says. “My boss, Bob Iger (CEO of Walt Disney Co.), is probably the only person who gets more done than I  do, and he’s usually at his office at 5 a.m. every day.”

“Jimmy’s always been strong, decisive. There’s not a lot of wishy-washiness about him,” Escobedo says. “He works a lot, from the time he gets up until he goes to bed. His dad was a good example for him. He never takes anything for granted.”
From Man Show host to Emmy Awards host, Jimmy continues to build his legacy

“Being successful means earning the respect of your peers and co-workers, but it’s also making enough money that you don’t have to go to the ATM and worry if there is $20 in there so you can have lunch,” Kimmel says. “That was always a source of great stress for me, to pay the bills. They say money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a lot of peace of mind, especially if you are as anxious a person as I am.”

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