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A good book is indeed the best friend of a person. The same goes for high-profiled CEOs of world recognized companies as well. Let’s have a look at the favourite books of some of the renowned CEOs of the globe.


1) Apple CEO - Tim Cook苹果公司CEO:蒂姆-库克

Competing Against Time 与时间竞争 by George Stalk Jr. and Thomas M. Hout 

Tim Cook is the present CEO of Apple. His favourite book is ‘Competing Against Time’ by George Stalk Jr. and Thomas M. Hout. This book is based on 10 years of precious research done by the authors. It talks about how newer concepts of managing time in new product development, production and sales and distribution provide companies with the edge to succeed in this highly competitive world. Cook loves this book so much that he often gives out copies of the same to his colleagues.


2) Facebook CEO - Mark ZuckerbergFacebook CEO:马克-扎克伯格

Ender's Game 安德的游戏 by Orson Scott Card 

1. Ender's Game(PDF格式下载)

2. Speaker For the Dead(PDF格式下载)

3. Xenocide(PDF格式下载)

4. Children of the Mind(PDF格式下载)

5. Ender's Shadow(PDF格式下载)

6. Shadow of the Hegemon

7. Shadow Puppets(PDF格式下载)

8. Shadow of the Giant(PDF格式下载)

Mark Zuckerberg is the present CEO of Facebook. According to his Facebook profile, his favourite book is ‘Ender's Game’ by Orson Scott Card. However, Zuckerberg corrected this and called ‘The Aeneid’ by Virgil as his favourite book. This is actually a Latin epic poem, which talks about a Trojan named, Aeneas, how he traveled to Italy and became an ancestral Roman.


3) Microsoft CEO (Former) - Bill Gates前微软CEO:比尔-盖茨

The Catcher in the Rye 麦田守望者 by J.D. Salinger[PDF格式下载] 

Bill Gates is the former CEO of Microsoft. His favourite book is ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ by J.D. Salinger. A few themes explored in the novel are rebellion, alienation, angst and confusion. Gates quotes, "I didn't actually read Catcher in the Rye until I was 13, and ever since then I've said that's my favorite book." He further said, "It's very clever. It acknowledges that young people are a little confused, but can be smart about things and see things that adults don't really see. So I've always loved it."


4) Berkshire Hathaway CEO - Warren Buffett伯克希尔哈撒韦CEO:沃伦-巴菲特

In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington 在不确定的世界:从华尔街到华盛顿的艰难选择 by Robert E. Rubin and Jacob Weisberg 

The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron 房间里最聪明的人: 安然公司是怎样破产的 

Warren Buffett is the present CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. His A-list of most beloved books include – ‘In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington’ by Robert E. Rubin and Jacob Weisberg, ‘The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron’ by Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind and ‘Bull!’ by Maggie Mahar. His choice of favourite books is centered more on the world of business.

沃伦-巴菲特是伯克希尔哈撒韦的现任CEO。他把自己最喜欢的书列了一个书单,有罗伯特-鲁宾和雅各布-韦斯伯格所著的《在不确定的世界:从华尔街到华盛顿的艰难选择》,还有本瑟尼-麦克里恩和彼得-艾尔金德写的《房间里最聪明的人: 安然公司是怎样破产的》,以及玛吉-马哈尔的《大牛市》。巴菲特喜爱的书更多的偏向于商业世界。

5) Oracle CEO - Larry Ellison甲骨文CEO:拉里-埃里森

Napoleon 拿破仑传 by Vincent Cronin 【Bourrienne版拿破仑传记下载】 

Larry Ellison is the present CEO of Oracle. Though a number of books are among his ‘like’ list but he absolutely loved reading ‘Napoleon’ by Vincent Cronin. This book is deemed by far the best biography ever written on the great general, Napoleon Bonaparte. This book is so eloquently written that it seems almost like a novel. Ellison quotes, "It's interesting to read about him for a couple of reasons: to see what one man of modest birth can do with his life, and to see how history can distort the truth entirely."


6) Amazon CEO - Jeff Bezos亚马逊CEO:杰夫-贝佐斯

The Remains of the Day 长日将尽 by Kazuo Ishiguro 【英文版PDF格式下载】 

Jeff Bezos is the present CEO of Amazon. He cites 2 books as among his most favourites, namely – ‘The Remains of the Day’ by Kazuo Ishiguro and ‘Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies’ by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. Bezos quotes, "If you read The Remains of the Day, which is one of my favorite books, you can't help but come away and think, I just spent 10 hours living an alternate life and I learned something about life and about regret."


7) OWN CEO - Oprah Winfrey温弗瑞电视网络CEO:奥普拉-温弗瑞

To Kill a Mockingbird 杀死一只知更鸟 【英文版PDF格式下载】 

Oprah Winfrey heads OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network). Her all-time favourite book is ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ by Harper Lee. This book talks about how a little girl views the people around her. Winfrey quotes, "I remember reading this book and then going to class and not being able to shut up about it." She further says, "I read it in eighth or ninth grade, and I was trying to push the book off on other kids. So it makes sense to me that now I have a book club, because I have been doing that since probably this book."


8) Bloomberg L.P. CEO (Former) - Michael Bloomberg彭博公司前CEO:迈克尔-布隆伯格

The Honourable Schoolboy荣誉学生 by John le Carre

Michael Bloomberg is the former CEO of Bloomberg L.P. Bloomberg is a fan of the spy novels by John le Carre. His novels revolve around espionage and spies. As he had worked for the British intelligence services MI5 and MI6, his background helped him a lot while writing spy stories. When asked about ‘The Honourable Schoolboy’ by Le Carre, Bloomberg quotes, “It’s 600 pages, it’s mostly description, there is almost nothing that happens. But it’s fascinating.”


9) Virgin Group CEO - Richard Branson维珍集团CEO:理查德-布兰森

Swallows and Amazons 燕子与鹦鹉 by Arthur Ransome 【英文版PDF格式下载】 

Richard Branson is the Chairman of Virgin Group. He like a host of different books, namely – ‘Swallows and Amazons’ series by Arthur Ransome, ‘Wild Swans’ by Jung Chang and ‘Stalingrad’ by Antony Beevor. ‘Swallows and Amazons' is among the favourite books of Branson’s childhood. He quotes these books as "a lovely kids' adventure book."


10) Coca Cola CEO - Muhtar Kent可口可乐CEO:穆泰康

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World 货币的上升:世界金融史 by Niall Ferguson 

Muhtar Kent is the present CEO of Coca Cola. His favourite book is ‘The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World’ by Niall Ferguson. This book talks about the “human story behind the evolution of finance.” He quotes, “I love books on economic observations." He further says, "This is one of the best.”

穆泰康是可口可乐公司的现任CEO。他最喜欢的一本书是Niall Ferguson写的《货币的上升:世界金融史》。这本书讲述的是“在金融变革背后的人的故事”。穆泰康评价说:“我喜欢经济观察类的书籍。这本书这类书中最好的之一。”




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