Books have always been important to billionaire moguls like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk.
Over the years, the trio has sung the praises of several books that influenced the way they see the world, from their approach to technological innovation to how they manage their businesses.
Here are 15 books that Bezos, Gates, and Musk have given glowing reviews — and think everyone should read.
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Remains of the Day was initially published in 1989 Shutterstock/Ko Backpacko
“This is Kazuo Ishiguro’s profoundly compelling portrait of Stevens, the perfect butler, and of his fading, insular world in post-World War II England. Stevens, at the end of three decades of service at Darlington Hall, spending a day on a country drive, embarks as well on a journey through the past in an effort to reassure himself that he has served humanity by serving the ‘great gentleman,’ Lord Darlington. But lurking in his memory are doubts about the true nature of Lord Darlington’s ‘greatness,’ and much graver doubts about the nature of his own life.”
Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton
“Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America’s heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. The undisputed merchant king of the late twentieth century, Sam never lost the common touch. Here, finally, inimitable words. Genuinely modest, but always sure if his ambitions and achievements. Sam shares his thinking in a candid, straight-from-the-shoulder style.”
Memos from the Chairman by Alan Greenberg
“Alan C. Greenberg, the former chairman of Bear, Stearns, and a celebrated philanthropist, was known throughout the financial world for his biting, quirky but invaluable and wise memos.
“Read by everyone from Warren Buffett to Jeff Bezos to Tom Peters (‘I love this book,’ the co-author of In Search of Excellence said), Greenberg’s ‘Memos From the Chairman’ comprise a unique — and uniquely simple — management philosophy. Make decisions based on common sense. Avoid the herd mentality. Control expenses with unrelenting vigil. Run your business at the highest level of morality. Free your motivated, intelligent people from the chain of command. Always return phone calls promptly and courteously. Never believe your own body odour is perfume. And stay…