56 Books by Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire You to be Ambitious

56 Books by Entrepreneurs That Will Inspire You to be Ambitious

Warren Buffet’s Ground Rules: Words of Wisdom from the Partnership Letters of the World’s Greatest Investor – Jeremy Miller

At the age of 26, Warren Buffett founded Buffett Partnership Limited, which lasted from 1956 to 1970. During this time he wrote 33 letters to his small but growing group of partners.

Finding my Virginity – Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good.

Single-Minded: My Life in Business – Claude Littner

Claude Littner is best known as the mercilessly tough interviewer on the BBC’s award-winning The Apprentice. His abrupt style and zero-tolerance policy on nonsense have become the highlights of every series. But what is he like in real business?

Shop Girl – Mary Portas

When tragedy unexpectedly blows this world apart, a new chapter in Mary’s life opens up. She takes to the camp and glamour of Harrods window dressing like a duck to water, and Mary, Queen of Shops is born…

The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

The Lean Startup is about learning what your customers really want. It’s about testing your vision continuously, adapting and adjusting before it’s too late.

My (Underground) American Dream: My True Story as an Undocumented Immigrant Who Became a Wall Street Executive – Julissa Arce

In the heady days of the most astronomical stock-market rise in Wall Street history, Julissa Arce climbed the corporate ladder-a rare Hispanic woman in a sea of suits and ties.

Jo Malone: My Story

This, her first autobiography, tells in full her incredible journey from modest beginnings as a teenager, struggling with dyslexia and leaving school with no qualifications, to becoming an international brand name and one of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs.

Becoming Steve Jobs: How a Reckless Upstart Became a Visionary Leader – Rick Tetzeli & Brent Schlender

BECOMING STEVE JOBS draws on recently discovered interviews that have never before seen the light of day, and answers for the first time the most pressing questions about what made this legendary business leader such a success.

Strong Woman: The Truth About Getting to the Top – Karren Brady

This is Karren’s story… before being Alan Sugar’s aide on The Apprentice and VC of West Ham United, how she started out as a sparky 18 year old at Saatchi & Saatchi and at 23, went on to persuade David Sullivan to buy Birmingham City football club.

The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader’s Tale of Spectacular Excess – Turney Duff

In the mid-2000’s, Turney Duff was, to all appearances, the very picture of American success. One of Wall Street’s hottest traders, he was a rising star with Raj Rajaratnam’s legendary Galleon Group before forging his own path.

Elon Musk: How th Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future – Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk is the renowned entrepreneur and innovator behind PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity. Musk wants to save our planet; he wants to send citizens into space, to form a colony on Mars; and he wants to make money while doing these things. 

#Girlboss – Sophia Amoruso

In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. Sophia’s never been a typical executive, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons and World-Class Performers – Timothy Ferriss

What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people?

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg – Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business – draws on her own experience of working in some of the world’s most successful businesses and looks at what women can do to help themselves.

The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead – Sir Richard Branson

Featuring anecdotes from his own business dealings, as well as his observations of many others who have inspired him, Richard reflects on the qualities he feels are essential for success in today’s world.

Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography – Walter Isaacson

Based on more than 40 interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over 2 years – as well as interviews with more than 100 family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues – this is the acclaimed biography of the ultimate icon of inventiveness. 

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike – Phil Knight

In 1962, fresh out of business school, Phil Knight borrowed $50 from his father to import high-quality, low-cost athletic shoes from Japan. Selling the shoes from the boot of his Plymouth, Knight grossed $8000 in his first year. Today, Nike’s annual sales top $30 billion. 

Only the Paranoid Survive – Andrew Grove

The President and CEO of Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, reveals how to identify and exploit the key moments of change in any industry that generates either drastic failure or incredible success. 

Dragons: Ten Entrepreneurs Who Built Britain – Liam Byrne

Britain’s rise to global dominance from the 16th century owed as much to the vision and creativity of traders, industrialists and bankers as it did to wars of conquest. DRAGONS tells the story of British business endeavour through the lives of ten titans of commerce.

The Wolf of Wall Street – Jordan Belfort

In the 1990s Jordan Belfort, former kingpin of the notorious investment firm Stratton Oakmont, became one of the most infamous names in American finance: a brilliant, conniving stock-chopper who led his mob on a wild ride out of the canyons of Wall Street and into a massive office on Long Island.

Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Pursuit of Success – Michael D’Antonio

As Michael D’Antonio shows in Never Enough, Trump has rarely been ordinary in his pursuit of success and his trademark method is based on a logic that begins with his firm belief that he is a singular and superior human being.

The Big Man of Jim Bean: Booker Noe and the Number One Bourbon in the World – Jim Kokoris

Lessons on product, quality, innovation, and longevity from the “First Family of Bourbon” The Big Man of Jim Beam delves into the life and times of legendary distiller F. Booker Noe III, grandson of Jim Beam and father of the bourbon boom.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose – Tony Hsieh

In DELIVERING HAPPINESS, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh shares the different lessons he has learned in business and life, from starting a worm farm to running a pizza business, through LinkExchange, Zappos, and more.

Unshakeable: Your Guide to Financial Freedom – Tony Robbins

Few have navigated the turbulence of the stock market as adeptly and successfully as Tony Robbins. His proven, consistent success over decades makes him singularly qualified to help investors preserve and add to their investments.

I, Steve: Steve Jobs in his Own Words – George Beahm

 Drawn from more than three decades of media coverage, this book serves up the best, most thought-provoking insights spoken by Steve Jobs: more than two hundred quotations that are essential reading for everyone who seeks innovative solutions applicable to their business.

The Jimmy Choo Story: Power, Profits and the Pursuit of the Perfect Shoe – Sagra Maceira de Rosen & Lauren Goldstein Crowe

Jimmy Choo was a London shoemaker when Tamara Yeardye convinced him to launch a factory-produced luxury shoe line.

Anyone Can Do It – Duncan Bannatyne

In this remarkable book, Bannatyne relives his colourful path to riches, from ice cream salesman to multi-millionaire, explaining how anyone could take the same route as he did – if they really want to.

Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge – Lindy Woodhead

In 1909, the largest department store in London’s West End, designed and built from scratch, opened in Oxford Street in a glorious burst of publicity. The mastermind behind the facade was American retail genius Harry Gordon Selfridge.

Out of the Desert: My Journey From Nomadic Bedouin to the Heart of Global Oil – Ali Al-Naimi

Ali Al-Naimi is the former Saudi oil minister – and OPEC kingpin – a position he held for the two decades between August 1995 and May 2016. In this time, Al-Naimi’s briefest utterances moved markets.

Jack: Straight from the Gut – Jack Welch

Jack Welch was perhaps the greatest corporate leader of the 20th century. When he first became CEO of General Electric in 1981 the company was worth $12 billion. Twenty years later it is worth a total of $280 billion. 

Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain: How I Went from Gang Member to Multimillionaire Entrepreneur – Ryan Blair

With his mentor’s guidance, Blair started his first company, 24/7 Tech, at age twenty-one. He has since created and sold several companies for hundreds of millions of dollars.

Self Belief: The Vision: How to be a Success on Your Own Terms – Jamal Edwards

At the age of 15, with only a hand-held camera and a Wi-Fi connection, Jamal started to build his media empire. Jamal gave viewers access to the latest acts and new trends, and the buzz and the audience kept growing.

Call Me Ted – Ted Turner

An innovative entrepreneur, outspoken nonconformist, and groundbreaking philanthropist, Ted Turner is truly a living legend, and now, for the first time, he reveals his personal story. 

Bog-Standard Business: How I Took the Plunge and Became the Millionaire Plumber – Charlie Mullins

I’m a millionaire plumber. I went from being a North London street urchin to owning London’s biggest independent plumbing firm, which I built myself from scratch.

My Fight to the Top – Michelle Mone

In My Fight to the Top, Michelle tells the story of how she overcame near-poverty on the rough streets of north-west Scotland, before rising to the top of the business world. This is the tell-all account of the UK’s most fearless fashion brand and the truth behind the woman that created it.

The Real Deal: My Story from Brick Lane to Dragons Den – James Caan

Armed with this advice, natural charm and the Yellow Pages, James Caan built a market-leading business with a turnover of GBP130 million and swiftly became one of Britain’s most successful entrepreneurs.

A Man for All Markets: Beating the Odds, From Las Vegas to Wall Street – Edward O. Thorp

Edward O. Thorp rose up from nothing to become a professor at MIT, invented card counting and the world’s first wearable computer, beat the casinos of Las Vegas at blackjack and roulette, then became a hedge fund heavyweight, ushering in a revolution on Wall Street.

Let It Go: The Story of the Entrepreneur Turned Ardent Philanthropist – Dame Stephanie Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of Britain’s leading philanthropists and has donated most of her life to helping good causes, especially those close to her heart.

The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan – Sebastian Mallaby

Full of beautifully rendered high-octane political infighting, hard hitting dialogue and stories, The Man Who Knew is superbly researched, enormously gripping and the story of Alan Greenspan.

The Pursuit of Happyness – Chris Gardner

The astounding yet true rags-to-riches saga of a homeless father who raised and cared for his son on the mean streets of San Francisco and went on to become a crown prince of Wall Street.

Enter the Dragon – Theo Paphitis

Theo Paphitis is the outspoken and charismatic star of Dragons’ Den who has turned round a string of household names, from Ryman to La Senza, in a high-profile business career that has brought him millions.

What You See is What You Get – Alan Sugar

Now Alan describes his amazing journey, from schoolboy enterprises like making and selling his own ginger beer to setting up his own company at 19, from Amstrad’s groundbreaking ventures in hi-fi and computers, which made him the darling of the stock exchange, to the dark days when he nearly lost it all

She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur – Carrie Green

Carrie started her first online business at the age of 20 – she knows what it’s like to be an ambitious and creative woman with big dreams and huge determination, but she also knows the challenges of running a business.

Riding the Storm – Duncan Bannatyne

Riding the Storm is the inspirational account of how Duncan overcame these setbacks. It’s a survival story, full of insights into how he adapted his businesses and his life to new financial realities.

Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires – David Folkenflik

Rupert Murdoch is the most significant media tycoon the English-speaking world has ever known. No one before him has trafficked in media influence across those nations so effectively, nor has anyone else so singularly redefined the culture of news and the rules of journalism.

Billions to Bust and Back: How I Made, Lost and Rebuilt a Fortune, and What I Learned on the Way – Thor Bjorgolfsson

Thor Bjorgolfsson is a self-styled adventure capitalist with an addiction to debt and an insatiable appetite for business deals who became Iceland’s first billionaire.

Rocket Man: Elon Musk in his Own Words – Jessica Easto

For the first time, the most insightful, thought-provoking, and revealing quotes from this entrepreneurial engineer have been compiled into a single book. Rocket Man: Elon Musk In His Own Words is a comprehensive guide to the inner workings of the man dubbed “the real Tony Stark.”

Losing my Virginity – Richard Branson

This is the worldwide bestselling autobiography of iconic entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson, featuring his take on his latest business ventures, personal achievements and intrepid adventures.

Rigged – Ben Mezrich

“Rigged” tells an incredible rags-to-riches story of David Russo, an Italian-American upstart from the streets of Brooklyn who claws his way into the world of the Merc Exchange, the asylum-like oil trading center located in lower Manhattan where billions of dollars trade hands every week. 

At Liberty: From Rehab to the Front Row – Ed Burstell

A truly inspirational memoir, this is Ed’s story: an affecting, candid and wildly funny tale of one man’s meteoric rise to the top of the retail and fashion world – from heroin addict to MD of Liberty, one of Britain’s most iconic institutions. 

Toni: My Story: The Rags-to-Riches Story of Toni & Guy – Toni Mascolo

 In this lively, sometimes tragic and often moving memoir, Toni Mascolo explains how he became ‘Hairdresser to the World’, and Chairman and Chief Executive of the largest hairdressing chain on the planet, one of the most famous and recognisable brands in countless countries.

Sam Walton: Made in America – Sam Walton

Meet a genuine American folk hero cut from the homespun cloth of America’s heartland: Sam Walton, who parlayed a single dime store in a hardscrabble cotton town into Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. 

Winning: The Ultimate Business How-to Book – Jack Welch

The ultimate business how-to book by the icon of American business and one of the world’s most revered and respected leaders, Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric.

Quench Your Own Thirst – Jim Koch

Quench Your Own Thirst offers unprecedented insight into Koch’s whirlwind ride to the top of craft brewing. His innovative company model and savvy business choices offer counter-intuitive lessons that readers can put to work right away.

Impatient Optimist: Bill Gates in his own Words – Bill Gates

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s wealthiest men – as well as one of the most controversial founders and CEOs in history… 

Unscripted: My Ten Years in Telly – Alan Sugar

 In Unscripted, Alan Sugar describes how he lost patience with some of the luvvies, wafflers and wannabees he encountered along the way, and tells us what he really thought of some of the tasks and candidates he came across during the making of The Apprentice.