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Must-Read for Entrepreneurs: 8 Powerful Books Recommended by Successful People

Must-Read for Entrepreneurs: 8 Powerful Books Recommended by Successful People

If you are aiming to be a successful entrepreneur, the first step is to start thinking like one. Take Bill Gates as an example: an avid advocate for reading and even spends a week two times a year to go to a secret cabin in the woods to make time for his reading vacations. For Gates, founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, reading is more than a pastime.

“You don’t really start getting old until you stop learning,” Gates told Time. “Every book teaches me something new or helps me see things differently. I was lucky to have parents who encouraged me to read. Reading fuels a sense of curiosity about the world, which I think helped drive me forward in my career and in the work that I do now with my foundation.”

While not all of us can take off an entire week just to read, we can definitely start somewhere. But with thousands of books on investment and business, it may be an overwhelming chore to pick a title to read.

Luckily, we have other people’s judgment we can rely on. 

From Ayala Corp Chairman Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala to billionaire and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey, here are eight powerful books personally recommended by successful people that are worth reading and investing in if you are aspiring to have a successful career in business.


Warren Buffett

Berkshire Hathaway, CEO

Recommended book: The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

The greatest investment advisor of the twentieth century, Benjamin Graham taught and inspired people worldwide. Graham's philosophy of "value investing”—which shields investors from substantial error and teaches them to develop long-term strategies—has made The Intelligent Investor the stock market bible ever since its original publication in 1949.


Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala

Ayala Corporation, President & CEO

Recommended book: The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson

In The Ascent of Money, Niall Ferguson shows that finance is in fact the foundation of human progress. What’s more, he reveals financial history as the essential backstory behind all history. With the clarity and verve for which he is known, Ferguson elucidates key financial institutions and concepts by showing where they came from. 


Sara Blakely

Spanx, Founder

Recommended book: Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Starting with “why” works in big business and small business, in the nonprofit world and in politics. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Simon Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. Start With Why is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them. 


Robina Gokongwei

Robinsons Retail Inc., President & CEO

Recommended book: The Book of Lists by David Wallechinsky, Irving Wallace and Amy Wallace

Robina Gokongwei says that this book “opened her eyes to the extent of what humanity can achieve whether for good or for notoriety.” The Book of Lists is literally a list of interesting, intriguing, noteworthy, popular, important, and other people, places, events, and things. This trivia book talks about anything under the sun and is accompanied by fascinating commentaries, notes, and explanations that will stir up the readers’ curiosity.


Oprah Winfrey

Host, actress, and philanthropist 

Recommended book: Becoming by Michelle Obama

Renowned TV talk show host Oprah has over 90 recommended books for her book club, but one of her most favorite reads is Becoming by Michelle Obama. In this book, the former First Lady describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Oprah says, “It is Michelle Obama’s personal story, of course. But I believe it’s going to spark within you the desire to think about your own becoming.”


JC Bisnar

Investagrams, CEO & Co-Founder

Recommended book: How To Make Money in Stocks by William J. O'neil

William J. O’neil’s How To Make Money in Stocks is a practical rule book for becoming an investment professional. It offers guidance for those who want to make smart investments. This book talks about: making money reading the daily financial pages; picking the best industry groups in the market; reading charts; reducing losses and mistakes; and turning a profit from reading and analyzing the news. 


Simone Biles

Olympic gold medalist & world-class gymnast

Recommended book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

Simone Biles, who is regarded to be one of the best gymnasts of all-time, shared that there was one book that had a major impact on the way she lives her life. In The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck, Mark Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.


Bill Gates

Microsoft and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Co-Founder

Recommended book: Business Adventures by John Brooks

This business classic written by longtime New Yorker contributor John Brooks is an insightful and engaging look into corporate and financial life in America. John Brooks’s reportage is so full of personality and critical detail that whether he is looking at the astounding market crash of 1962 or the bold attempt by American bankers to save the British pound, one gets the sense that history really does repeat itself. 


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