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Reading is a great way to acquire new information, come up with creative ideas, and learn worthwhile tips that can improve your personal and professional life, so it’s no wonder some of the world’s biggest business leaders are avid readers.
If the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or successful startup can pick up a book while spearheading projects, building new businesses, and managing an entire team, there’s no excuse for any of us not to read.
Some powerhouses like the classics, others enjoy reading inspirational career books, and one notable businessman even has a penchant for spy novels. See the titles Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, and more call their favourites:
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The Microsoft co-founder has loved J.D. Salinger's 'classic tome since he was teenager. 'I didn't actually read 'Catcher in the Rye' until I was 13, and ever since then I've said that's my favourite book,' he told the Academy of Achievement. 'It's very clever.'
Source: Academy of Achievement
Steve Jobs: 'The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business'
'The Innovator's Dilemma' is a book that deeply influenced Steve Jobs, one of the world's most respected entrepreneurs, so it's well worth your time, too. One of the more controversial business books on the market, it's received rave reviews from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Business Week.
Source: Harper Collins
Elon Musk is the brains behind big companies, like SpaceX and Tesla Motors, so it's no surprise he likes reading about another successful multitasker, Benjamin Franklin. This book chronicles this Founding Father's life as a writer, inventor, scientist, and diplomat, among other roles.
PepsiCo's CEO called David Brooks' 'The Road to Character' one of the most influential books she read last year. 'It sparked a wonderful discussion with my two daughters about why building inner character is just as important as building a career,' Nooyi told Fortune.
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