If you read all of these, you will not come out the same person you came in (and I mean in a good way).
Here is a list of all the books written by Billionaires.
I have looked all over the Internet for a list and I have yet to find a list that even comes close to what I’ve compiled here. The reason is simply because no one seems to be as plugged into the billionaire universe and the books out there as me. Nor have many people set out a goal to read most or any of them.
Note: Richard Branson made a good point in his book that news and internet estimates of net worth are usually wildly off in both directions. I tried my best with this list by giving more weight to people many magnitudes over a billion and people who are obvious (Bill Gates or Phil Knight, founder of Nike). Finally, I also put more weight on the only two net worth sources I trust: Forbes Net Worth Billionaire List and Fortune.
If you know of one not on this list, leave a comment. I will keep updating this page.
All Books Written By Billionaires:
- Made in America by Sam Walton (founder of Walmart)
- Grinding it Out by Ray Krac (founder of McDonald’s)
- Business @ the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft)
- The Road Ahead by Bill Gates
- Lean In For Grads by Sheryl Sandberg (female billionaire, one of the first employees at Google and Facebook)
- Lean In: Work, Women and The Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
- Lean In for Grads by Sheryl Sandberg
- Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight
- Simply Rich by Rich Devos (founder of Amway)
- Zero To One by Peter Thiel (tech investor)
- The Essays of Warren Buffett
- Books by Richard Branson(Virgin founder): The Virgin Way:Everything I Know About Leadership, Screw It Let’s Do It:Lessons In Life, Like A Virgin, Losing My Virginity, Screw Business As Usual, Business Stripped Bare, Reach for the Skies
- What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey (black, female talk show host)
- The Snowball (biography of Warren Buffett)
- The Everything Store by Jeff Bezos (Amazon.com founder)
- Ikea’s founder’s book
- The Gospel of Wealth by Andrew Carnegie
- Winners Never Cheat by Jon Huntsman
- Eat More Chikin by S. Truett Cathy (Chic-Fil-A founder – $1.9 billion net worth; died in 2014 RIP)
- Wealth: Is It Worth It? by S. Truett Cathy
- How did you do it, Truett? by S. Truett Cathy
- It’s Better to Build Boys than Mend Men by S. Truett Cathy
- It’s Easier to Succeed Than to Fail by S. Truett Cathy
- The Generosity Factor: Discover the Joy of Giving Your Time, Talent, and Treasure by Ken Blanchard and S. Truett Cathy
- Netscape Time: The Making of the Billion-Dollar Start-Up That Took On Microsoft by Jim Clark (a.k.a. James H. Clark – net worth $1.3 billion, founder of three billion dollar tech companies)
- Built from Scracth by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank (the Home Depot founders)
- Barefoot to Billionaire: Reflections on a Life’s Work and a Promise to Cure Cancer by Jon Huntsman Sr. ($1 billion net worth according to Forbes, after giving away $1.2 billion)
- Ralph Lauren by Ralph Lauren (the polo t-shirt company. I have a few of their shirts.)
- The Gospel of Wealth by Andrew Carnegie
- Conscious Capitalism (Whole Food’s book. This company is doing SO well)
- How To Win At The Sport of Business by Mark Cuban
- Onward by Howard Schultz (Starbucks)
- Steering Clear by Peter George Peterson (COE of Lehman Brothers, 1.6 Billion net worth)
- Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built A Company One Cup At a Time by Howard Schultz
- Bloomberg by Michael Bloomberg (Made his money from Bloomberg terminals)
- The Business of Happiness by Ted Leonsis
- Billionaire: Secrets to Success by Bill Bartmann
- Pizza Tiger by Thomas Monaghan (founder of Pizza Hut)
- How To Be Rich by J. Paul Getty (Fortune named him the richest living American in 1957.)
- How to be a Successful Executive by J. Paul Getty
- As I See It: The Autobiography of J. Paul Getty
- My Life and Fortunes, the Autobiography of One of the World’s Wealthiest Men by J. Paul Getty (apparently he wrote two autobiographies?)
- The Joys of Collecting by J. Paul Getty (this is more about his priceless art collecting hobby)
- Charles Schwab’s Guide To Financial Independence by Charles r. Schwab (net worth of $5.3 Billion)
- You’re Fifty, Now What? by Charles Schwab
- How to be Your Own Stockbroker by Charles Schwab
- Reinventing the Market by Charles Schwab
- Margin of Safety by Seth Klarman (investor)
- The Essays of Warren Buffett by Lawrence Cunningham (a curation of Warren’s shareholder letters)
- Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger (Warren Buffett’s partner)
- Call Me Ted by Ted Turner (media business)
- The First Billion Is The Hardest by T. Boone Pickens
- Fooling Some of the People All of the Time by David Einhorn (investor)
- Soros on Soros by George Soros (probably the densest and most difficult of them all. This guy was born with a genius mind for macro-economists far beyond my comprehension.)
- Direct from Dell by Michael Dell
- The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman
- The Science of Success by Charles G. Koch (net worth of $42 billion. #7 richest man in the world according to Forbes.
- Good Profit: how creating value for others built one of the world’s most successful companies by Charles G. Koch
- Better India: A Better World by Narayana Murthy
- Compassionate Capitalism: How Corporations Can Make Doing Good an Integral Part of Doing Well (2004) by Marc Benioff (net worth $3.9 Billion+)
- The Business of Changing the World: Twenty Great Leaders on Strategic Corporate Philanthropy (2006) by Marc Benioff
- Behind the Cloud: The Untold Story of How Salesforce.com Went from Idea to Billion-Dollar Company-and Revolutionized an Industry by Marc Benioff
- How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud by Ken Fisher
- The Only Three Questions That Count: Investing by Knowing What Others Don’t by Ken Fisher (I highly disagree with many points in this book; I prefer Warren Buffett’s style and Ken’s father’s book Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits)
- The Little Book of Market Myths: How to Profit by Avoiding the Investing Mistakes Everyone Else Makes by ken Fisher
- Plan Your Prosperity: The Only Retirement Guide You’ll Ever Need, Starting Now–Whether You’re 22, 52 or 82 by Ken Fisher
- Debunkery: Learn It, Do It, and Profit from It — Seeing Through Wall Street’s Money-Killing Myths by Ken Fisher
- Markets Never Forget (But People Do): How Your Memory Is Costing You Money—and Why This Time Isn’t Different by Ken Fisher
- The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) by Ken Fisher
- Beat the Crowd: How You Can Out-Invest the Herd by Thinking Differently by Ken Fisher
- Battle for Investment Survival by Ken Fisher
- 100 Minds That Made the Market by Ken Fisher
- How Google Works and The New Digital Age by Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Alphabet (formerly Google), 138th richest man in the world. (What I find interesting about him is that he doesn’t consider himself an entrepreneur. He considers himself a manager that helped Larry and Sergie create their dream of Google. You don’t have to be a CEO or founder guys!)
- Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons by Seymour Schulich (Net worth of $1.5 billion according to Wikipedia)
- The Art Of the Deal by Donald Trump
- Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich-And Why Most Don’t by Donald Trump & Robert Kiyosaki
- Think Like A Champion by Donald Trump
- Why We Want You to Be Rich: Two Men, One Message by Donald Trump & Robert Kiyosaki
- A Passion to Win by Sumner Redstone (Chairman of Viacom. Net worth of $5.4 Billion according to Forbes.)
Honorable Mentions – Books About Billionaires
These were written by people that barely missed the billionaire mark, directly related to billionaires, or recommended by billionaires.
Life and Happiness Advice
- A Passion For Success by Kazuo Inamori (Net worth of $900 million according to Forbes)
- Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor (not by Charlie, but quoting a lot of his best stuff)
- The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Secretly Made and Gave Away a Fortune (not written by Chuck himself. It’s a biography)
- Getting There by Zoe Gillian Segal
- Delivering Happiness: A Path To Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh (founder of Zappos)
- 21 Secrets to Success and Happiness by John Templeton (one of the best investors in history)
- How I Did It: Lessons From The Front Lines of Business (Pulls from multiple columns of the Harvard Business Review and features multiple billionaires including Kevin Plank and Eric Schmidt)
- Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life by Lisa Chaney – This one is written about a female founder of a multi-billion dollar fashion company, Chanel. It is put here because it is questionable whether or not she actually hit a billion dollar net worth during her lifetime and it wasn’t written by her. Having said that, she did create an incredible company. The book seems to be more about her personal life than business success though.
- Life Is What You Make It by Peter Buffett (Warren Buffett’s son)
- Showing Up For Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime by Bill Gates Sr. (father of Bill Gates)
- Elon Musk’s biography
Business and Wealth Advice
Forrest Mars, Jr. (27th richest man in the world, owner of a candy company, net worth $11+ billion) recommends these books according to Fortune:
- Laws of Success by Napoleon Hill (studied 200+ of the richest people in the world in person for 20+ years)
- The Martha Rules: 10 Essentials for Achieving Success As You Start, Build, or Manage a Business by Martha Stewart (She may have hit a billionaire at some point. Now, it seems she’s dipped below that, especially after giving away to charity.)
- Steve Jobs
- How To Get Rich by Felix Dennis (his net worth was estimated around $100 million when he was alive)
These books were recommended by the billionaire Forrest Mars (9+ billion net worth) :
- General and Industrial Management by Henri Fayol
- Elementsof Administration by Lyndall F. Urwick
- The Principles of Organization by James D. Mooney
“Forrest has the best management system I’ve ever come across. It permits decentralization and encourages initiative–but keeps firm control at the top.” -former Mars Executive, according to Fortune article.
Some of My Favorites
So far, I’ve read quite a few of them and gained some incredible insights. I love doing this because a lot of millionaire advice is contradictory.
I love doing this because a lot of millionaire advice is contradictory. One of the reasons behind this is that millionaires surprisingly are sometimes still struggling to figure things out and sometimes have naive interpretations on how they did it.
I loved these for many reasons. Some of them included that they were conversational, easy to understand, and had advice applicable to life as well as business. Here they are in no particular order:
- Made in America by Sam Walton
- What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
- Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
- The Essays of Warren Buffett
- Zero To One by Peter Thiel
- The Virgin Way by Richard Branson
- The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman
- Softwar: An Intimate Portrait of Larry Ellison and Oracle by Matt Symonds (commentary included by billionaire Larry Ellison)
- How to be a Billionaire by Martin Fridson
My Least Favorites
- The Science of Success by Charles Koch because it was short and filled with corporate lingo. I still got a lot out of it though.
- Business @ The Speed of Thought because it was too short and focused on specific business organization with a touch of strategy. Plus, you can tell Bill isn’t the best writer. Note: Bill is one of my favorite people, but I think I should still be honest here.
- The Only Three Questions That Count by Ken Fischer. Probably my least favorite. Few people will understand the book unless they’re into money management and fund investing. But the real reason I disliked it was that most of the advice given I didn’t agree with, wasn’t logical, had holes, and went against the entire Buffett philosophy of investing. I have a feeling he made his money by getting tons of investors to give him money and taking a hefty management fee. Nonetheless, not saying he was a completely horrible guy. I liked what he says in his books about giving back and charity.
There’s too many to mention. I’m better off doing an article on each.
One common thing is to prepare and hold your ground for lawsuits. A lot of these people had to battle in the court. It just ends up happening at some point when you get to that size and a lot of people want to sue you for money.
Be prepared to trust your gut and fight back if you believe you were right. Martha Stewart and Richard Branson’s stories stand out in particular. Remember: bad stuff happens and that’s ok.
Did I miss any books by billionaires? Please let me know in the comments because I’d love to add them to the list and read their books.
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