As the world’s most powerful begin to think about travel plans and what to pack for the annual World Economic Forum in Davos later this month, they may face the dilemma of what book to read on their long journeys or with which to impress fellow attendees.
Well, if any of them are struggling for ideas (we’re looking at you, Donald), the WEF, which has organized the event in the secluded Swiss alpine town since 1971, has now revealed a list of books recommended by two Davos regulars: none other than Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.
Gates and Zuckerberg, who are the 2nd and 4th richest people in the world, have often attributed much of their success to reading books. Gates reads 50 books a year, he told The New York Times. Zuckerberg, on the other hand, created an online book club in which he read a book every two weeks.
Listed below are 14 books recommended by the pair, including Gates favorite The Better Angels of Our Nature and Shoe Dog by Nike co-founder Phil Knight.
1. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
2. The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee
3. Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
4. Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
5. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
6. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
7. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S. Kuhn
8. String Theory by David Foster Wallace
9. Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
10. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
11. World Order by Henry Kissinger
12. Rational Ritual by Michael Suk-Young Chwe
13. The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future by Gretchen Bakke
14. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
For a further look and more details on each of the 14 books be sure to read the full story at WEF.
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