Tewodros Eyob (LinkUp Addis Collaborator)
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 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
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
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
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
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.