How did they become so successful? Find out how these billionaires did it in their own words.

Vital to the success of any product or business is imagination and knowledge. Imagination might be inherent but knowledge is attainable.  Since we don’t have access to these titans of business otherwise, one of the simplest ways to acquire their experience and advice is to read how they accomplished it.  Why not spend some time getting inside their heads to learn something valuable.

Lucky for us, Business Insider has provided a list of the billionaire authors whose books we should be reading. No time to read? A great way to spend your time in traffic are audiobooks.

Michael Bloomberg

He spread financial news in the fastest and most efficient manner, making a billion dollars along the way.  Learn how Michael Bloomberg took his company to the top.

Bloomberg by Bloomberg by Michael Bloomberg

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Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson started with record stores, built an airline business and now has plans to offer space tourism to the world.  Read about his leadership style, as well as how he overcame dyslexia while dropping out of high school at the age of 16.

The Virgin Way by Richard Branson



Warren Buffett

The Oracle of Omaha is the world’s preeminent finance wizard.  This book details Buffett’s philosophy and his principles on business and investing.

The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett



Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban went from a computer software salesman to prolific entrepreneur who owns the Dallas Mavericks while also starring on ABC’s Shark Tank.  Cuban shares inside knowledge on how to become a thriving entrepreneur in this book.

How to Win at the Sport of Business by Mark Cuban

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Michael Dell

Michael Dell started his namesake firm out of his college dorm room selling upgraded computers. His book will explain strategies to help grow your business while making fewer mistakes.

Direct From Dell by Michael Dell



Bill Gates

The Founder of Microsoft discusses how technology can help businesses now and in the future.

Business @ the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates



Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank

As the founders of Home Depot, these two men changed the home improvement business and created an empire. Read how Arther Blank and Bernie Marcus did it.

Built from Scratch by Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank

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T. Boone Pickens

This Oklahoma native founded one of the largest independent oil companies in the world. T. Boone Pickens discusses the challenges he’s faced from bankruptcy to depression as he built his oil and energy business.

The First Billion is the Hardest by T. Boone Pickens



Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren started out selling his own handmade ties, turning himself into a fashion magnate and icon. Learn about him, his style and his influences in this visually stunning book.

Ralph Lauren by Ralph Lauren



Howard Schultz

As CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz turned a small shop in Seattle into the world’s global coffee leader. Schultz recalls his story and the leadership lessons in this book.

Onward by Howard Schultz

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George Soros

As one of the world’s richest men, Soros made his fortune on Wall Street as one of its leading investors. His book is for anyone interested in world finance and international policies.

Soros on Soros by George Soros

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Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel was an early investor in Facebook, co-founded PayPal and was a highly ranked U.S. chess master. If you’re looking for insights into entrepreneurship, this book is for you.

Zero to One by Peter Thiel


Ted Turner

The founder of CNN reveals stories from his life as an innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist.

Call Me Ted by Ted Turner



Donald Trump

His hair is the source for jokes and he’s known for his catchphrase, “You’re Fired,” but Donald Trump is one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs who continuously overcomes bankruptcy filings. Read about his strategies and learn from his advice.

Think Like a Champion by Donald Trump



Oprah Winfrey

The “Queen of Media” didn’t come from money, but built an empire by working through failures and hardships. Get insights to her struggles and success in this book.

What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey



Source: Business Insider