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Best 15 Books Recommended by Top Entrepreneurs

Reading is very important.

Books are generally well-developed ideas, supported with evidence, that stick in your head for a long time.

If you plan on reading anything at all, consider the following 15 books recommended by top entrepreneurs and businessmen.

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Recommended by: Fire Nation’s list of most 

recommended books by entrepreneurs.

Overview: Explains how contemporary millionaires and billionaires, such as Bill Gates, Mary Kay Ash, Dave Thomas, and Sir John Templeton, achieved their wealth.


2. Zero to One

Recommended by: Elon Musk, “Andrew Ng, Brad Feld, Derek 

Sivers, Max Levchin, Sam Altman.”

Overview: Escaping the technological market, being yourself, and challenging yourself in unexpected places will lead to success.

3. The Lean Startup

Recommended By: “Andrew Ng, Brad Feld, Dustin Moskovitz, Steve Blank, Evan Williams, Sheryl Sand


Overview: Eric Ries introduces two big arguments: the best way to start a company is to start with the customers, and creating a simple product results in less waste and more market adequacy.


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4. Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Recommended by: Matt Alexander, co-founder of Illumi-bowl.

Overview: Advocates financial independence, literacy, intelligence, as well as investments in real estate and personal businesses.

5. Competing Against Time

Recommended by: Mark Cuban and Chris Anderson

According to its Amazon description, Good to Great

answers the question: “How can good companies, mediocre companies, even bad companies achieve enduring greatness?”

6. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B Cialdini

Recommended By: Charlie Munger, David Heinemeier Hansson, Derek Sivers, Guy Kawasaki, John Doerr, Justin Kan, Max Levchin, Paul Allen

Amazon description: “Influence, the classic book on

persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say ‘yes’—and how to apply these understandings.”

7. The 4-Hour Workweek

Recommended by: Fire Nation’s list of most recommended books by entrepreneurs.

Google reviews: Tim Ferriss degrades the traditional retirement plan and instead promotes entrepreneurial, passive income.

8. Start With Why

Recommended by: Fire Nation’s list of most recommended books by entrepreneurs.

Overview: “The book starts with a comparison of the two main ways to influence human behaviour: manipulation and inspiration.”

9. Rework

Recommended by: Mark Cuban and Chris Anderson.

Google review: Explores how in this new era of technology, anyone can start a business in an easy way.

10. The Innovator’s Dilemma

Innovator’s Dilemma was one of Steve Jobs’ favorite books.

Overview: Demonstrates how companies can


do everything “right” and still lose in the long run against underdog, uprising businesses.

11. Crossing the Chasm

26 Years Later: Why Geoffrey Moore’s ‘Crossing The Chasm’ Is More Relevant Than Ever” written by Julian Wood, writer at Influitive.

Overview: Focuses on specific marketing techniques used for

high-tech products, during the start up period.

12. The Hard Thing about Hard Things

Recommended by: Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft.

Google description: The book “offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover.”

13. Atlas Shrugged

Recommended by: Fire Nation’s list of most recommended books by entrepreneurs.

The novel commences explanations how it will demonstrate that wealth and profit are creations of the human mind.

14. ‘Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street’ by John Brooks

Recommended by: Bill Gates

Bill Gates actually came across ‘Business Adventures’ when Warren Buffet recommended it to him.

Bill Gates claims it’s his favorite book ever.

It “brings to life in vivid fashion twelve classic and timeless tales of corporate and financial life in America.”

15. Built to Last by Jim Collins

Recommended by: Jack Ma

The book focuses on teaching readers to build a long-lasting company.

They prove their assertions through a six-year research project at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and studying 18 amazing companies.

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