Ten books to read a billionaire's mind
Business insights from masters of industry extend far beyond the classroom. Learn how they achieved the impossible, in their own words
Bloomberg by Bloomberg by Michael Bloomberg
Published in 1997, Bloomberg's autobiography details how he built a media empire. He guides readers through the highlights of his career: his time at Salomon Brothers, and how he used part of his severance pay create the company that is now Bloomberg LP.
Onward by Howard Schultz
After resigning as Starbucks CEO in 2000, Schultz returned to the post in 2008, just as the company was struggling through a financial crisis. Onward details how the billionaire brought the global coffee chain back to life by making tough decisions -like temporarily shutting down more than 7,000 US stores.
Business @ the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates
In Business@theSpeedofThought, Gates explains how business and technology are inextricably linked. Using examples from companies like Microsoft and GM, Gates suggests that businesses see technology as a way to enhance their operations.
How to Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban
In the book, the Dallas Mavericks owner fleshes out his best insights on entrepreneurship from his personal blog. He writes candidly about how he prog ressed from sleeping on his friends' couches in his 20s to owning his own company and becoming a multi-billionaire.
The Virgin Way by Richard Branson
Although Branson confesses he's never read a book on leadership, his nearly 50 year entrepreneurial career has taught him a thing or two about building a business. In The Virgin Way, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group offers lessons on management and entrepreneurialism, including the importance of listening to others and hiring the right people.
Call Me Ted by Ted Turner
The founder of the first 24-hour cable-news channel, CNN, outlines his unconventional path to success, from getting expelled from Brown University to running his father's billboard company to turning a small news station into a media empire.
Think Like a Champion by Donald Trump
Think Like a Champion is a collection of the president elect and real estate mogul's essays on personal and professional success. Each one combines anecdotes from his own experience with inspirational advice on everything from learning from your mistakes to confronting your fears.
What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
Few people have a better understanding of passion and dedication than Winfrey.
What I Know for Sure is a collection of her columns in O, the Oprah Magazine. Each one offers a different life lesson on topics including joy, gratitude, and power, often based on her personal experience.
Direct from Dell by Michael Dell
In Direct from Dell, the billionaire entrepreneur explains how he grew his business and the theory behind his unique management style.
Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
Nike co founder Knight retired as the chair man of Nike in June 2016. In Shoe Dog, published in April 2016, Knight takes readers along on his personal journey to success, starting from his pivotal decision at age 24 to go the entrepreneurial route instead of joining the corporate world.