1. Business @ The Speed Of Thought (Using a Digital Nervous System) – Bill Gates
The richest man in the world shows readers how business and technology are linked. He gives examples of real companies and recommends that businesses see technology as an effective enhancement.
2. The Virgin Way (Everything I Know About Leadership) – Richard Branson
Branson, who claims to never have read a book on leadership, offers management lessons in his book. In a book that’s honest about his successes and failures, Branson stresses on the need to listen to others.
3. Zero to One (Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future) – Peter Thiel
The founder of Paypal, Thiel, states that competition is for losers and that entrepreneurs must try to create monopolies and take over the market. His book is full of interesting concepts and ideas.
4. Soros On Soros (Staying Ahead of the Curve) – George Soros
Soros, who survived the Holocaust, narrates his successes and failures and offers controversial opinions. The man who is considered one of the best investors in the world explains global financial policies.
5. Onward (How Starbucks Fought for its Life Without Losing its Soul) – Howard Schultz
In 2008, Schultz returned as Starbucks CEO when the company was facing a financial crisis. In the book Schultz describes tough business decisions as he honestly narrates about growing up in Brooklyn.
6. Bloomberg – Michael Bloomberg
This autobiography covers the years before he became New York’s Mayor. He talks of getting fired, of starting his own company from his severance pay and offers honest insights on management.
7. Think Like A Champion – Donald Trump
Never one to shy away from self-promotion, Trump states in his book that people should toot their own horns when they deserve it. Each chapter describes personal experiences and offers advice.
8. Direct From Dell (Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry) – Michael Dell
Dell, who became the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company at the age of 27, dropped out of college to open a company now known as Dell Computer Corp. This is a rags to riches story.
9. How Google Works – Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg
10. How To Win At The Sport Of Business (If I Can Do It, You Can Do It) – Mark Cuban
Dallas Mavericks owner, Cuban, details his journey from sleeping on friends’ couches to becoming a multi-billionaire. Even though Cuban didn’t know much at the start, he was committed and persevered.
11. The 4 Hour Workweek – Timothy Ferriss
Ferriss is known as a serial entrepreneur, author and investor. This book stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for 7 years because whatever your life goals, Ferriss has some solid advice for you.
12. The Essays Of Warren Buffet (Lessons for Corporate America) – Laurence A Cunningham
Warren Buffet wrote several letters to his shareholders that are easy to read though they deal with rather complex topics. Though technically the book is not by him, it still deals with his philosophies.
13. The First Billion Is The Hardest (Reflections on a Life of Comebacks and America’s Energy Future) – T Boone Pickens
The chairman of BP Capital Management details how he overcame professional and personal challenges and rose to success. The book covers his years from the 1980s onward and offers many insights.
14. Call Me Ted (My Life, My Way) – Ted Turner
After being expelled from college and running his dad’s billboard company, Turner turned a small news station into a media giant. He also talks about his relationships, eg with actress Jane Fonda, honestly.
15. Built From Scratch (How a Couple of Regular Guys Grew The Home Depot From Nothing to $30 Billion) – Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank
This book chronicles how Marcus and Blank were fired from a home-improvement chain called Handy Dan and how that inspired them to start Home Depot as a discount store and taste success.
16. Think And Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill
Inspired by Andrew Carnegie, Hill (who became Roosevelt’s advisor) spent 20 years of his life studying successful people. Published in 1937, this book remains a favorite with people from all walks of life.