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Favorite books of successful people in the United States of America

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If there is one great habit you can pick from successful people, it is reading, because successful people read a lot. In fact, Warren Buffett spends 80% of his time in the office on reading. We tell you what Buffett’s favorite book is, and reveal the favorite books of Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. We have a collection of business books, great works of literature and hilarious works of fiction. Let’s get started!

Warren Buffett, The World’s Greatest Investor.

Favorite Book: The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham

It should be no surprise that Buffett loves Benjamin Graham’s masterpiece on investing more than any other book, as he used it to get started as an investor at the young age of 19. As Buffett says, “To invest successfully over a lifetime does not require a stratospheric IQ, unusual business insights, or inside information. Whats needed is a sound intellectual framework for making decisions and the ability to keep emotions from corroding that framework. This book precisely and clearly prescribes the proper framework. You must provide the emotional discipline.”

Bill Gates, The World’s Richest Man and Greatest Philanthropist

Favorite Book: Making of the Modern World by Vaclav Smil

Bill Gate’s favorite writer is the philosopher Vaclav Smil, and here’s why he likes this book:  “It might seem mundane, but the issue of materials — how much we use and how much we need — is key to helping the worlds poorest people improve their lives. Think of the amazing increase in quality of life that we saw in the United States and other rich countries in the past 100 years. We want most of that miracle to take place for all of humanity over the next 50 years.”

Elon Musk, One of the Brightest Young Entrepreneurs in the World

Favorite Book: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Elon Musk is a multi-billionaire and an entrepreneur famous for creating futuristic solutions to the world’s problems. Here’s why he likes Adams incredibly hilarious book, which is one of the most popular novels of all times: “It highlighted an important point, which is that a lot of times the question is harder than the answer. And if you can properly phrase the question, then the answer is the easy part. So, to the degree that we can better understand the universe, then we can better know what questions to ask.”

Steve Jobs, The Greatest Entrepreneur Ever

Favorite Book: The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

The late Steve Jobs needs no introduction. His favorite book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, is said to have influenced his philosophy in business. Let’s find out why he liked it so much: “Its important that we make this transformation, because of what Clayton Christensen calls he innovators dilemma, where people who invent something are usually the last ones to see past it, and we certainly don want to be left behind.”

Oprah Winfrey, The Most Powerful Woman in the Entertainment Industry

Favorite Book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Oprah has picked Harper Lee’s brilliant book as her all time favorite, and here’s why: “I remember reading this book and then going to class and not being able to shut up about it. I read it in eighth or ninth grade, and I was trying to push the book off on other kids. So it makes sense to me that now I have a book club, because I have been doing that since probably this book.”

Author: Raghav Hegde – India

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