9 Best Business Books Recommended by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Warren Buffett
With Christmas around the corner, why not ask for the gift of reading the same books billionaires read?
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Having said that, perhaps like you, I like to learn and improve my skills as a leader, so I'm always curious about what the most successful entrepreneurs on the planet are currently reading or recommending for reading. But where do you go for that?
Luckily, a one-stop solution to address that compulsive need was recently launched. BookAuthority provides endless recommendations from hundreds of leaders such as Gates, Branson, Buffet, Musk, Bezos, Zuckerberg, Cook and company, giving voracious readers a personalized reading list tailored just for them.
Here are 3 top recommendations by Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Jeff Bezos, straight from BookAuthority.
Book Recommendations by Bill Gates
1. Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight.
In this instant and tenacious New York Times bestseller, Nike founder and board chairman Phil Knight "offers a rare and revealing look at the notoriously media-shy man behind the swoosh," opening up about his company's early days as an intrepid start-up and its evolution into one of the world's most iconic, game-changing, and profitable brands.
2. Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises by Timothy F. Geithner
As president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and then as President Barack Obama's secretary of the Treasury, Geithner takes readers behind the scenes of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, explaining the hard choices and politically unpalatable decisions he made to repair a broken financial system and prevent the collapse of the Main Street economy.
3. The Myth of the Strong Leader: Political Leadership in the Modern Age by Archie Brown
From one of the world's preeminent political historians, a magisterial study of political leadership around the world from the advent of parliamentary democracy to the age of Obama.
Book Recommendations by Jeff Bezos
1. The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton M. Christensen
Named one of 100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime by Amazon Editors, this is considered an innovation classic. Christensen's work is cited by the world's best-known thought leaders, from Steve Jobs to Malcolm Gladwell.
2. Sam Walton, Made In America by Sam Walton
Sam Walton, the undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century who built Wal-Mart into the largest retailer in the world, chronicles the inspiration, heart, and optimism that propelled him to lasso the American Dream.
3. Data-Driven Marketing:The 15 Metrics Everyone in Marketing Should Know by Mark Jeffery
Named Best Marketing Book of 2011 by The American Marketing Association, Jeffery offers a clear and convincing guide to using a more rigorous, data-driven strategic approach to deliver significant performance gains from your marketing.
Book Recommendations by Warren Buffett
1. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William N. Thorndike
Listed #1 on Buffett's recommended reading list, this book details the extraordinary success of eight individualistic CEOs who took a radically different approach to corporate management. You may not know all their names, but you will recognize their companies: General Cinema, Ralston Purina, The Washington Post Company, Berkshire Hathaway, General Dynamics, Capital Cities Broadcasting, TCI, and Teledyne.
2. The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks and Paul Johnson
Howard Marks, the chairman and cofounder of Oaktree Capital Management, is renowned for his insightful assessments of market opportunity and risk. After four decades spent ascending to the top of the investment management profession, Marks distills the investing insight of his celebrated client memos into a single volume and, for the first time, made his time-tested philosophy available to general readers.
3. Dream Big by Cristiane Correa
In just over forty years, Jorge Paulo Lemann, Marcel Telles and Beto Sicupira built the biggest empire in the history of Brazilian capitalism and launched themselves onto the world stage in an unprecedented way. This is their story. Lemann, a partner of Buffett's, is hailed by Buffett as "among the best businessmen in the world. He is a fantastic person and his story should be an inspiration to everybody, as it is for me."