Bill Gates has managed to remain the richest man in the world despite the fluctuations in the global economy and his continuous involvement in charity all over the world.
One of the reasons that he has given and continues to give for his success is the fact that he is an avid reader. He reads and reviews books regularly and on Monday, he released a list of his favorite books for 2016.
Starting off his introduction to the Bill Gates favorite books of 2016 list, Gates discussed the increased avenues for learning available to us today, he also challenged the reader with two facts from his life both past and present.
According to him, when he was younger, he read through his parents set of World Book Encyclopedias in alphabetical order and even now, he maintains the habit of reading about a book a week on average.
Armed with those obviously challenging facts, are you ready to get into Bill Gates favorite books of 2016? There are some unconventional topics among them but the richest man in the world promises that they are all very well written and managed to introduce him to new ideas.
Here Are Bill Gates Favorite Books of 2016 and Some of What He Had to Say About Them;
String Theory, by David Foster Wallace:
String theory is surprisingly a book about tennis, a sport which the Microsoft founder now has a renewed passion for.
He promises that you don’t have to play or even watch tennis to love the book because the late author wielded his pen skillfully. Bill Gates says; “Wallace found mind-blowing ways of bending language like a metal spoon.”
Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight:
Shoe dog is a memoir by the co-founder of Nike. Gates says that Knight opens up in a way few CEOs are willing to do and in the end tells the story about his business success as honestly as he can.
The Gene, by Siddhartha Mukherjee:
In the gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee a doctor, researcher, teacher and Pulitzer prize-winning author guides us through the past, present, and future of genome science, with a special focus on huge ethical questions that the latest and greatest genome technologies provoke.
The Myth of the Strong Leader, by Archie Brown:
Bill Gates last book was written in 2014 but he said he picked it up because of this year’s fierce election battle in America. On it he says;
“Brown shows that the leaders who make the biggest contributions to history and humanity generally are not the ones we perceive to be ‘strong leaders.’ Instead, they tend to be the ones who collaborate, delegate, and negotiate—and recognize that no one person can or should have all the answers.”
He also gave one honorable mention; The Grid, by Gretchen Bakke, which is a book about the aging electrical grid which he says will convince you that the electrical grid is one of the greatest engineering wonders of the modern world.
So there you have it, Bill Gates favorite books of 2016, will you be reading any of them?