Warren Buffett isn’t just known for his business acumen – he’s also, famously, a voracious reader. In various interviews, Buffett has revealed that he often reads around 1000 pages a day (if I could read at even half that speed, I’d no longer be in danger of being crushed under my TBR pile – although to be fair, if I had Buffett’s billions, my TBR pile would probably be a TBR warehouse). Even at the ripe old age of 89, Buffett estimates that he still spends about 80% of each day reading.
As you might imagine from such a prolific reader, Buffett has been happy to dish out book recommendations in the many interviews he’s had over the years. I’ve condensed all of Warren Buffett book recommendations into one list that will point you in the direction of some great books on business. With suggestions that deal with all aspects of business, from the technical aspects of investing to the life stories of famous business leaders, there’s plenty on Buffett’s list to sink your entrepreneurial teeth into.
Firefighting: The Financial Crisis and its Lessons by Ben S. Benanke, Timothy F. Geithner and Henry M. Paulson
The Essays of Warren Buffett, edited by Lawrence A. Cunningham
Warren Buffett’s Ground Rules, edited by Jeremy C. Miller
Beyond Buffett: Other Business Books to Read
While Buffett has recommended a large number of books over the years, the majority of them are written by white men. This is perhaps unsurprising, as white men still command a huge amount of privilege in the business world (and the world in general). However, there are many great business books written by women and people of colour that are essential reading for prospective entrepreneurs. Here are a few recommendations:
If you’re still hungry for book recommendations from business leaders, check out the reading habits of another famous entrepreneur with A Full List of Bill Gates’ Book Recommendations.
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