What to Read – Most Favorite Books of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Other IT Visionaries

Just as our bodies need the appropriate amount of food and exercise to function properly, so do our minds need a similar type resources. If you don’t have a habit of reading books regularly, you might be missing out on lots of things. Reading expands our view of the world greatly. Reading can be life changing both in small ways and major ones. We can choose a new experience any time we want.

Finishing with a book, always raises a good question – what to read next? To make sure you’re not wasting your time, it’s better to choose form one of the favorite books of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos and other IT genius.

It is not a surprise, that most famous IT entrepreneurs prefer books about management, time management, networking, and others about successful business relations. We need to remember that all great IT entrepreneurs weren’t born as a CEO of tech giant. They built themselves and their personality was influenced by fiction literature during their young years, and after this they spent many hours reading business books.

Steve Jobs

This person doesn’t need to be introduced, but just incase let’s remind you – Co-Founder and CEO of Apple and film studio Pixar.


  1. William Shakespeare – «King Lear»
  2. Plato – «The Republic»
  3. Herman Melville – «Moby-Dick, or The Whale»
  4. Clayton M. Christensen «The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail»
  5. Yogananda Paramhansa «Autobiography of a Yogi»

Tim Cook

CEO of Apple


George Stalk, Jr., Thomas M. Hout «Competing Against Time»

Bill Gates

Founder of Microsoft, CEO (till 2008), one of largest shareholders


  1. J.D. Salinger «The Catcher in the Rye»
  2. Steven Pinker «The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined»

Jeff Bezos

Founder, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com


  1. Jim Collins, Jerry I. Porras «Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies»
  2. Madeleine L’Engle «A Wrinkle in Time»
  3. Kazuo Ishiguro «The Remains of the Day»

Elon Musk

Founder of SpaceX, Tesla Motors and PayPal. CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors


Douglas Adams «The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy»

Mark Zuckerberg

Chairman and CEO of Facebook


  1. Orson Scott Card «Ender’s Game»
  2. Vergil «The Aeneid»

Larry Page

Co-Founder and CEO of Google


  1. Richard Feynman «What Do You Care What Other People Think?»
  2. Richard Feynman «Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!»
  3. Richard Feynman «QED»
  4. Richard Feynman «The Pleasure Of Finding Out Things»
  5. Neal Stephenson «Snow Crash»

Larry Ellison

Co-Founder, Executive Chairman and CTO of Oracle


Vincent Cronin «Napoleon»

Margaret Whitman

Chairwoman, President and CEO of Hewlett-Packard


  1. Bill Bradley «The New American Stor
  2. Charles Dickens «A Christmas Carol»
  3. James Collins «Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t»

Marissa Mayer

President and CEO of Yahoo


Don Norman «The Design of Everyday Things»

Tony Hsieh

CEO of Zappos.com


  1. Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright «Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization»
  2. Chip Conley «Peak»
  3. Jonathan Haidt «The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom»

Also, below you can find some favorite books of people who are not working in IT, but have a great influence in the areas of their entrepreneurship and innovations.

Richard Branson

Founder of Virgin Group


  1. Antony Beevor «Stalingrad»
  2. Jung Chang «Wild Swans»
  3. Nelson Mandela «Long Walk to Freedom»

Warren Buffet

Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway


  1. Robert Rubin, Jacob Weisberg  «In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington»
  2. Maggie Mahar «Bull: A History of the Boom and Bust»
  3. Bethany McLean, Peter Elkind «The Smartest Guys in the Room»

Michael Bloomberg

108th Mayor of NYC, Owner of Bloomberg L.P.


John le Carrе «The Honourable Schoolboy»