Billionaire Bill Gates released a list of his five favorite books of all time. On his blog, the Microsoft co-founder said these are the books he has recommended to family members over the years. He also stated he hoped everyone found something new to read this winter. If you want to be a billionaire, you’ve got to think like one. Here’s Bill Gates’s G.O.A.T book list.
The first book is ” Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein. Gates labels this book as the best introduction to grownup sci-fi. The book is a 1961 science fiction classic that covers the journey of Valentine Michael Smith from Mars and to Earth. Gates says he enjoys the predictive nature of the book.
The second favorite read of Gates is “Surrender, Bono.” Gates says the memoir is a “super fun read about how a boy from the suburbs of Dublin grew up to become a world-famous rock star and philanthropist.”
If you have plans to be President someday, Gates says to read “Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin. He labels this book as the best guide to leading a country. Bill Gates says the best guide to getting out of your own way is “The Inner Game of Tennis” by Robert Gallwey and the best book about the periodic table is Mendeleyev’s “Dream” by Paul Strathern.
Make your own list even if you wouldn’t consider picking up these titles. Many billionaires claim reading as one of the keys to success. For example, Warren Buffet has advised reading 500 pages daily to succeed. Mark Cuban has an online book club. According to Thrive Global, the average person reads one book a year, but the average CEO reads about five books a month.