12 books on leadership and success billionaire Jeff Bezos thinks everyone should read

  • With a net worth of $185 billion, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest person in modern history. 
  • Bezos often credited his ideas and success to the lessons he learned in books. 
  • Brad Stone, a New York Times best-selling author, published “The Everything Store” in 2013 and told the story of Bezos and Amazon.
  • In the book, Stone disclosed the top books that Bezos counted on for career advice. 
  • The list includes “The Remains of the Day” by Kazuo Ishiguro, a Nobel Prize-winning novel about a butler who recalls his career in service during wartime in England, and “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, an analysis of what sets great companies apart from the good ones. 
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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos devours bookstores. But he also devours books. 

Bezos is the richest person in modern history. During the coronavirus pandemic, his fortune soared to $185 billion. The Amazon founder and CEO is among a small list of billionaires who made an average of $42 billion each week during the current crisis, Business Insider previously reported. Amazon reported record profits and 40% sales growth during its second quarter earnings report

On July 29, Bezos alongside Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, and Google’s Sundar Pichai appeared before Congress to testify as part of an investigation by the House Judiciary’s Antitrust subcommittee into the power of tech platforms. Bezos said at the hearing that he couldn’t guarantee Amazon hadn’t violated company policies and used trend data about third-party sellers to help drive its private-label products.

Brad Stone, a New York Times best-selling author, published “The Everything Store” in 2013 and told the story of Bezos and Amazon. Stone wrote about the mindset that helped Bezos expand his online bookstore into a online retail empire, and how the billionaire often depended on books to shape business ideas.

“Books have nurtured Amazon since its creation and shaped its culture and strategy,” Stone wrote. “Here are a dozen books widely read by executives and employees that are integral to understanding the company.”

Business Insider compiled a list of books that Bezos read, along with Stone’s explanation on why each made the list. 

This is an update of an article written by Max Nisen.

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