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5 Life-Changing Books Famous CEOs Recommend

5 Life-Changing Books CEOs Recommend

Everyone knows that good leaders display resilience, know how to lead with character and have mastered the art of persuasion. Where do they get all that knowledge? According to world-famous CEOs, their knowledge comes from reading a lot.

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” —Harry S. Truman

But how do busy CEOs find the time to read every single day? Many business executives from companies such as MasterCard, Adobe, General Electric and Daimler use getAbstract to get all the benefits of reading in just a few minutes a day.

getAbstract finds, rates and summarizes the best business, productivity and leadership books and delivers the key insights in 10-minute reads or listens. You’ll find the relevant knowledge you need, when you need it.

Invest in your future and start reading like a world-famous CEO with these five titles:

1. Bill Gates Recommends: Business Adventures by John Brooks

Busines Adventures

Gates hailed this businessman’s user manual as the “best business book” he’s ever read. Originally published in 1969, Brooks’ twelve classic tales explore pivotal behind-the-scenes moments in American corporate and financial life.

2. Tim Cook Recommends: Competing Against Time by George Stalk, Jr. & Thomas M. Hout

Competing Against Time

Companies often worry less about time than they do about costs and supplies. however, if handled correctly, time can boos innovation and improve customer service. This title is an essential read for anyone looking to surpass their competition.

3. Warren Buffet Recommends: The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham


This classic tome of common-sense advice belongs on every investor’s bookshelf. The principles that Graham outlines are the very precepts that have guided Buffett and other titans, including mutual fund innovator John Bogle, the founder of Vanguard Group. First published in 1949, Graham’s text shows a few signs of age, most notably in its discussion of interest rates and savings bonds. Overall, though, Graham’s counsel on fundamental investing is timeless.

4. Mark Zuckerberg Recommends: Portfolios of the Poor by Daryl Collins et al.

Portfolios of the Poor

The scope of global poverty is truly staggering. The World Bank estimated in 2005 that 2.5 billion people subsist on less than $2 per person, per day. Perhaps surprisingly, most of these people are active money managers who handle relatively large cash flows and usually build savings into their “portfolios.” Read about the challenges and strategies of impoverished households, as wells as touching portraits of individual families.

5. Elon Musk Recommends: Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom


Elon Musk has not been shy about warning humanity against artificial intellingence, calling it more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Is it fearmongering or is there some truth in his assessment? In many ways, AI already outperforms human brains, so how long until robots take over the world – or your job?

Read like a world-famous CEO

Whether you’re an established leader, on your way to becoming a CEO or simply keen to add to your reading, getAbstract can help. With summaries from the world’s best business, productivity and leadership books, getAbstract supports your professional growth and helps you make better decisions.


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