Bill Gates is one of the most renowned entrepreneurs of the 20th century, and he has recently given the world a peak into his literary arsenal. For those who were wondering what successful people spend their time reading, look no further than the personal library of a business genius.
1. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
Gates is always postulating about the future of humanity. It's one reason why he's such a successful entrepreneur. Through understanding how humans have evolved, he understands how to best cater to their needs. This book offers Gates and his family some excellent material for philosophic discussions around the dinner table.
2. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is a book that Bill and his wife Melinda share as one of their mutual favorites. Their favorite line reads, "His dream must have seemed to close that he could hardly fail to grasp it." Surely a fine sentiment for life success.
3. How Not to be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking - Jordan Ellenberg
Jordan Ellenberg explains how we are all doing math all the time, without necessarily knowing it. To Gates, life is a series of calculations. Measuring risk and reward is a part of his everyday routine.
4. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street - John Brooks
Although Brooks wrote these articles back in the 1960's, they still relate to businesses today. His advice on how to run a great company has influenced Warren Buffett, who in turn introduced this content to Bill Gates.
5. The Better Angels of Our Nature - Steven Pinker
In this 2011 study into human behavior, Pinker argues that violence in mankind is on the decline, and that we are living in the most peaceful era of world history. Gates claims this has affected his outlook on the world more than anything he has studied.
6. Seveneves - Neal Stephenson
One of the most recently published books on Bill's favorites list, this sci-fi novel explains mankind's efforts to preserve human society during an apocalypse. Bill appreciates the novel for its "thought-provoking" strength.
7. The Vital Question - Nick Lane
Bill is a big picture guy, especially when it comes to the role of energy in our society. In this book, biochemist Nick Lane postulates about the trajectory of energy usage in the coming decades. Gates uses his research as an insight into where we are going.
8. Parenting With Love and Logic - Foster Cline and Jim Fay
As the father of three kids, Gates has utilized parenting books just like millions of other couples. He explains this particular book "has been an invaluable guide for , especially when it comes to de-escalating those inevitable conflicts between parents and kids."
9. Sustainable Energy - Without the Hot Air - David JC MacKay
Written by the late British physicist, mathematician, and academic, David J.C. MacKay, the book chronicles the author's research on the future of sustainable energy without fossil fuels. Gates calls this "the most accessible explanation of this subject I've seen."
10. The Power to Compete - Ryoichi and Hiroshi Mikitani
A Japanese father and son uncover the issues facing their once economically superior nation. Both are renowned economists, Hiroshi being the founder of internet giant Rakuten, who question whether Japan will regain top form in the future. Gates enjoys their analysis of the Japanese economy and how it relates to our own.