Up to this day I wonder how someone can accumulate wealth to the point of having 1000 $1 Million dollars, twice, thrice 26 of fifty times over, ask any Zimbabwean, a billion anything is a huge number. We have to rely on Google to check know how these guys amassed so many dollars in this lifetime and the few bits and pieces they decide to let on and tell us. It has and it will remain a mystery how these billionaires, think, operate and how they are wired. While we might know how they got the billions, we know so little about their train of thinking and we might never get the chance to pick their brains in this life time. However, we thank the universe for the internet which is helping us get inside some of their lifestyles and hobbies and cultures, since we have no access to ask them any questions. While we have no way of knowing their train of thought at any given time, we can learn a little more about these billionaires through the books they are reading and books they have read.
Here is a list of some of the books that billionaires have read and have subsequently recommended that we read them too:
Turns out the Amazon CEO and the world’s richest man is an avid reader he has read so many books which include but are not limited to The Black Swan, The Innovator’s Dilemma and Made In America. While The Innovator’s Dilemma speaks more about an action plan for innovators, the modern day businessperson can learn a thing or 2 about an action plan one can take as they try to wade the innovation waters and make money or a living out of it. Made in America talks more to the inner person about passion and determination and how you can harness that to win in all aspects of life. The Black Swan talks more about how to seize an opportunity basing on the world economic crisis of 2008, I didn’t like the book in general, maybe that why I’m not a billionaire, yet.
At one point Slim was the world’s richest man, well before he was overtaken by a lot of people and making his way to the bottom of the list. However, this billionaire loves reading and I have to admit his choice of books is interesting. Carlos has read and he recommends that we read the following books: Future Shock, The Peter Principle and Money: Whence It Came, Where It Went. Future shock is a 70s book aimed to prepare the world about technological and social changes in light on the new tech revolution. If you are wired like a billionaire it will help you identify so many trends or rather problems you can solve to make money. The Peter Principle is a rich book I wish every manager, executive and board member could read. After reading this book, you will never run your company the same way ever again. The book on money will just make you understand money.
This Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is an avid reader and his book collection is also interesting. Some of the books include Fact Fullness: Ten Reasons We Are Wrong About The World and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, Bad Blood: Secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley startup and Things Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. Fact Fullness is a book that will teach you to break huge problems, huge things into smaller understandable concepts. Bad Blood debunks all theories about what you have heard about startups, which sound too good to be true. Things Explainer is more like Fact fullness it explains huge life and business concepts into simple things that will help you to understand the concept and help open up your brain to see things you did not see about life.
One of the millennials’ favorite, the Tesla boss has read Structures: Or Why things don’t fall down and Zero To One. Structures is an investment book that maps out how one can put a solid structure that might grow into a million-dollar company. While Zero to One, which was written by another billionaire and co-founder of PayPal and other companies is a startup launch book that can help startups stay in the right direction on their way to greatness.
The American investor has read one interesting book that he recommends avidly. The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham. Buffet is a very successful investor and if he says the intelligent investor which teaches principles of distinguishing between good and bad investments is a good book, rest assured I will read it from one cover to another.
Another millennials’ favorite. Zuckerberg has a somewhat interesting book collection that he recommends, these are: Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day, The Idea Factory and Why Nations fail. Most of these books are used in research for avid economists, politicians and retailers and wholesalers, etc. Zuckerberg reads these books as they help him in his business and every business needs to know these fundamentals as they help in research and how you can reach the masses to feed them so that you can eat with the classics.