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蘋果公司CEO：蒂姆-庫克
Competing Against Time 與時間競爭 by George Stalk Jr. and Thomas M. Hout 【亞馬遜購買】
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：馬克-扎克伯格
Ender's Game 安德的游戲 by Orson Scott Card (共8本，免費下載)
1. Ender's Game(PDF格式下載)
2. Speaker For the Dead(PDF格式下載)
4. Children of the Mind(PDF格式下載)
5. Ender's Shadow(PDF格式下載)
6. Shadow of the Hegemon(PDF格式下載)
7. Shadow Puppets(PDF格式下載)
8. Shadow of the Giant(PDF格式下載)
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前微軟CEO：比爾-蓋茨
The Catcher in the Rye 麥田守望者 by J.D. Salinger [PDF格式下載]
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伯克希爾哈撒韋CEO：沃倫-巴菲特
In an Uncertain World: Tough Choices from Wall Street to Washington 在不確定的世界：從華爾街到華盛頓的艱難選擇 by Robert E. Rubin and Jacob Weisberg 【亞馬遜購買】
The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron 房間里最聰明的人: 安然公司是怎樣破產的 【亞馬遜購買】
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.
5) Oracle CEO - Larry Ellison甲骨文CEO：拉里-埃里森
Napoleon 拿破侖傳 by Vincent Cronin 【Bourrienne版拿破侖傳記下載】
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亞馬遜CEO：杰夫-貝佐斯
The Remains of the Day 長日將盡 by Kazuo Ishiguro 【英文版PDF格式下載】
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溫弗瑞電視網絡CEO：奧普拉-溫弗瑞
To Kill a Mockingbird 殺死一只知更鳥 【英文版PDF格式下載】
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：邁克爾-布隆伯格
The Honourable Schoolboy榮譽學生 by John le Carre【亞馬遜購買】
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維珍集團CEO：理查德-布蘭森
Swallows and Amazons 燕子與鸚鵡 by Arthur Ransome 【英文版PDF格式下載】
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可口可樂CEO：穆泰康
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World 貨幣的上升：世界金融史 by Niall Ferguson 【亞馬遜購買】
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.”