22 Top CEO Favourite Books Reading List

Just as the books U.S. presidents read shape their time in office, so do the titles that CEOs read during their tenure. Some reach for the classics like The Catcher in the Rye. Others go for the quirky, such as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Then there are those CEOs that read books about other CEOs.

Let’s get immersed in the world of 22 of the most famous business minds of our lifetime, the books that matter to them, their favourite authors, et al. Shall we!?

But before we do, I stumbled on some interesting facts about books that I couldn’t help but share with you our valued readers and subscribers:

Here are some interesting fun facts about books and reading:

The first book bought on Amazon was called Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.

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The first book printed in Oxford was a study of the Apostles’ Creed. Its first page carried a misprint: it was dated 1468 rather than 1478.

The Japanese word ‘tsundoku’ means ‘buying a load of books and then not getting round to reading them’.

The most expensive book in the world costs (in theory) 153 million Euros and is only 13 pages long.

Around £2.2 billion is spent on books in the UK each year. A fifth of this is spent on children’s books.

The most expensive printed book in the world is the 1640 Bay Psalm book from America. It sold in November 2013 for $14.2 million.

The word ‘shrine’ comes from the Latin scrinium meaning ‘chest for books’.

The smallest book in the Welsh National Library is Old King Cole. It measures 1mm x 1mm and the pages can only be turned with a needle.

The word ‘boghandler’ is the Danish word for ‘bookseller’.

Only 2% of the 1.2 million different books sold in the US in 2004 sold more than 5,000 copies.

SF writer Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) is the only author to have published a book in nine out of the ten Dewey library categories.

When asked what book he’d like to have with him on a desert island, G. K. Chesterton replied, ‘Thomas’s Guide to Practical Shipbuilding.’

Hugh Lofting, author of Dr Doolittle, thought books should have a ‘senile’ category to complement the ‘juvenile’ section.

Ford Madox Ford recommended that readers judge a new book, not by its first page, but by its 99th, the better to gauge the book’s quality.

I shall stop here for now.

Without further ado, let’s have at it! Shall we!?

But be sure to tell me what books constitute your own private library in the comments section.

Check out this visual reading list of some of the greatest minds of our time below:

22 Top CEO Favourite Books Reading List Infographic

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