Bill Gates, Richard Branson, And Others Share Their Favourite Books Of 2016

Bill Gates, Richard Branson, And Others Share Their Favourite Books Of 2016

Leadership | Posted by - December 23, 2016 at 12:30 am

Photo credit: Richard Branson via Twitter 

Soon enough, we can all sigh out our stresses of the year, and flop on the couch with a mug of coffee and a good book in hand. What business books will you be reading? Bill Gates and Richard Branson, among other CEOs, recently shared their favourite books of the year for Facebook’s Read to Lead campaign; they’re the books that most shaped their leadership thinking during 2016, and that you might feel inspired to pick up during your holidays:  


Richard Branson, founder of The Virgin Group, shared five books on the Virgin blog that shaped his leadership thinking throughout the past year, including one book that has been on shelves for decades:


If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: Encounters With Remarkable People And Their Most Valuable Advice by Richard Reed. Branson says this book highlights “tangible lessons from a diverse range of interesting people. I like to read a chapter every now and then to get inspired.”

Read Branson’s full roundup of books



Gretchen Rubin is an American Author, who writes about good habits and happiness. The book at the top of her list:


Emotional Agility, by Susan David, PH.D: A renowned psychologist, David says the way we navigate our inner world -- our everyday thoughts, emotions, and self-talk -- is the single most important factor of our life success. She introduces a process in Emotional Agility that enables us to navigates life’s unexpected moments with self-acceptance and an open mind.

Read Rubin’s full list of books


Joi lto is the Director of MIT, Media Lab and the Chairman of PureTech Health Plc. Ito placed the much discussed and debated Deep Work by Cal Newport, at the top of his book stack.


Deep Work is a guide to help you become more focused in your work by decreasing the distractions of your email and social media. Newport claims that “most serious professionals should quit social media and should practice being bored.”

Read more about Deep Work


Lastly, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, who is known to love reading books and sharing his favourites, put String Theory by David Foster Wallace at the top of his list.


String Theory is a collection of five of Wallace’s best essays on tennis, a sport that Gates says he gave up in his Microsoft days and he’s now again pursuing with a passion. Gates says you don’t have to play or watch tennis to love the book because Wallace “found mind-blowing ways of bending language like a metal spoon.”

Read what other books Gates put at the top of his list this year


Tell us, which of these books will you add to your holiday reading list?

Tags: bill gates, books, facebook, holidays, leadership, richard branson, self-improvement, social media, read to lead

Kristen Marano

Kristen Marano covers women and their work for publications around the world. She has interviewed some of the most influential business leaders in Canada and the most passionate change makers in towns and cities as isolated as Perth, Western Australia. Most recently she interviewed Canadian businesswoman Zita Cobb about reinvigorating the economy in Newfoundland through the arts. Kristen's work encourages women to share honest and open perspectives about the emotional challenges of their journeys.

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