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Jeff  Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, and currently the richest man in the world with USD 187 Billion personal wealth. Regarded as one of the most avid readers among the world’s billionaires’ club, there are a bunch of books Bezos thinks have shaped him personally and professionally. In fact, Bezos’s multi-billion-Dollar company, Amazon.com started as an online book store, and Amazon’s signature reading tool, Kindle, practically transformed the global reading trend.

Here are a few of the books Bezos has shared as his most favorite.  

1. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Author: Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Page Count: 400

Date of Publication: 2007

The Black Swan: Book Cover

The Black Swan is a book by author Nassim Nicholas Taleb. The book is about the impacts of extreme & unprecedented events occurring in the world and how us humans tend to find simplistic solutions and explanations for this complicated world we live in.

2. Built to Last: Successful habits of visionary companies

      Authors: James C. Collins and Jerry I. Porras

      Page Count: 360

      Date of Publication: 1994

Built to Last: Book Cover

Authored by Jim Collins, this book emphasizes how visionary companies should operate backed by certain habits. It revolves around value arrangement and having a strong ideology within a company, which should be embraced by the employees so that the company can flourish and have a lasting future.

3. Creation: Life and How to make it

      Author: Steve Grand

      Page Count:  240

      Date of Publication: 2000

Creation: Life and How to Make it- Cover

Written by Steve Grand in 2000, this book tries to explain how humans can play God. This is the book that mainly inspired Jeff Bezos to start Amazon Web Services (AWS), which has been highly instrumental in Amazon’s recent success. If you’re interested in cyberspace and finding out how society can be mirrored in a digital world, you should consider reading this book.

4. The Remains of the Day

      Author: Kazuo Ishiguro

      Page Count: 258

      Date of Publication: 1989

Remains of the Day: Book Cover

This book is probably the only fictional one in here. The author, Kazuro Ishiguro, tries to explore the pursuit of greatness, the meaning of duty, and the sacrifices that come with it. Not to mention that this is Bezos’s Favorite book. 

5. Memos from the Chairman

Author: Alan C. Greenberg

Page Count: 156

Date of Publication: 1996

Memos from the Chairman: Book Cover

This book is comprised of a series of inspirational memos, that make up a simple and distinct management philosophy. You can learn so much in what it means to be a well respected and a fantastic manager from author Alan C. Greenberg.

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