Favorite Books of 10 World Leaders

By: Ken Streater | Leadership | Action Resources

From Bill Gates to Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson to Sheryl Sandberg, here are the favorite books of business, religious, government, and entertainment leaders. Do you know what these people have in common? They each are voracious readers.


Elon Musk: Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Little wonder that Elon Musk, who is leading the private space industry, is shooting for the moon! Life lessons are found left and right in this read.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy


Ellen DeGeneres: Four Agreements. I think we can all agree that Ellen DeGeneres is a true leader of doing what is right. If she were to write a fifth agreement it would likely be "have fun and live the life you dream of."

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book)


Bill Gates: Making the Modern World. Who else can take more credit for making the world modern than Bill Gates? He now endeavors to gave back most of what he earned in this modern world.

Making the Modern World: Materials and Dematerialization


Sheryl Sandberg: A Short Guide to a Happy Life. Sheryl Sandberg continues to teach us how to lead fulfilling, happy lives. Her messages resonate with millenials and more, as does this book.

A Short Guide to a Happy Life


Pope Francis: The Betrothed. Here is a principled man who finds lessons to share with us all in a book about human character. We can learn a lot from Pope Francis, who embraces heritage and change.

The Betrothed: I Promessi Sposi (Penguin Classics)


Jeff Bezos: Built to Last. A book about building visionary businesses is naturally the favorite of one our leading, cutting-edge entrepreneurs. Guess what, you can buy it at Jeff Bezo's company, Amazon. Click on the link!

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies (Harper Business Essentials)


Richard Branson: Long Walk to Freedom. Richard Branson seems to remember where he came from. His favorite book certainly tells the story of overcoming obstacles to realize success, from where you have been to where  you are going.

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela


Nelson Mandela: Complete Works of Shakespeare. It was Nelson Mandela's favorite book largely because it was his only book for nearly two decades as a prisoner on Robben Island. From there came a man to lead a free country, where no books were banned.

The Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works 2nd Edition


Oprah Winfrey: To Kill a Mockingbird. Social justice? Equality? Achievement with principle? Doing what is right? Oprah may have learned much of this from her favorite book. And, she has helped countless authors achieve success with her recommendation of lots of books.

To Kill a Mockingbird


Tony Robbins: Man’s Search for Meaning. Recommended by a man who helps thousands find their purpose or meaning in life, this book boils it all down to man's greatest capability. Tony Robbins believes in the true human potential, which is brilliantly expressed in this book.

Man's Search for Meaning


Tony Hsieh: Tribal Leadership. Tony Hsieh has built some amazing companies, by remembering that we are all a family, all a tribe. This book helps us all learn how to maximize individual and group talents.

Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization