Leaders’ readers

Looking to kick back, put your feet up and settle into a great summer book? Check out the favourite novels of these business owners and execs.

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO, Amazon.com, Inc.

The Remains of the Day
by Kazuo Ishiguro

“Before reading it, I didn’t think a perfect novel was possible. I’m always interested in things that seem to be impossible but are then achieved.”

The Honourable Schoolboy by John Le Carré

Michael Bloomberg, founder, Bloomberg LP

The Honourable Schoolboy
by John Le Carré

“It’s 600 pages [and] it’s mostly description. There is almost nothing that happens, but it’s fascinating.”

 

 

Animal Farm by George OrwellJohn Chen, CEO, BlackBerry Ltd.

Animal Farm
by George Orwell

“When I read it the first time, I hated it. Then I read it again; I found it quite profound.”

 

 

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Bill Gates, cofounder, Microsoft Corp.

The Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger

“It acknowledges that young people are a little confused, but can be smart about things and see things that adults don’t really see.”

 

 

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas AdamsElon Musk, CEO, Tesla Motors, Inc.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

“In my early teen years I was trying to figure out the meaning of the universe … and [it was] the best book I read.”

 

 

Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

Heather Reisman, founder and CEO, Indigo Books & Music Inc.

Beautiful Losers
by Leonard Cohen

“The books you read when you’re young stay with you. I certainly remember where I was when I read [it].”

About the Author

Steve Brearton


Steve Brearton is a freelance writer in Toronto.

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