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Published on May 9th, 2014 | by Bright Kids Books


Favorite children’s books of successful Entrepreneurs

The kids’ books that have delighted, entertained and inspired some of the worlds most audacious and notable successful entrepreneurs.

Bill Gates
One of the best-known and most successful entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution, Gates (& his wife Melinda) now focus on philanthropy and scientific research programs through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Catcher in the Rye
by JD Salinger

The book famously begins, “If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.

Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with “cynical adolescent.” Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he’s been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.


Elon Musk
South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, inventor and investor. The  founder of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, Musk also co-founded PayPal.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams

Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space. Delight in Douglas Adam’s glorious imagination and laugh-out-loud wit.

At last in paperback in one complete volume, here are the five classic novels (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Life, the Universe and Everything, So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, and Mostly Harmless) from Douglas Adams’s beloved Hitchiker series.


Oprah Winfrey
Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history. Dubbed the “Queen of All Media”, she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America’s only black billionaire. One of the worlds most successful entrepreneurs.

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

The bad news is that Harper Lee only wrote one novel. The good news is that To Kill a Mockingbird is a genuine literary classic – both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Set in the deep South during the Depression, Jean-Louise Finch – better known as Scout – narrates the story with the keen eye of an adult looking back on a childhood rich with incidents that shaped who she has become. Scout might be described as a tomboy, but that would be doing her a disservice. Her adventures with her older brother Jem, and their diminutive friend Dill evoke the timeless place of childhood. Then one Fall, everything changes… Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus Finch, a lawyer in their town of Maycomb, Alabama, is appointed to the defense of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. By turns funny, wise, and heartbreaking, To Kill a Mockingbird is one classic that continues to speak to new generations.


Evan Williams
An American internet entrepreneur who has founded two of the internet’s top ten websites: Blogger, and Twitter – where he was previously CEO. One of the internets most successful entrepreneurs.

The Power of One
by Bryce Courtenay

In 1939, as Hitler casts his enormous, cruel shadow across the world, the seeds of apartheid take root in South Africa. There, a boy called Peekay is born. His childhood is marked by humiliation and abandonment, yet he vows to survive and conceives heroic dreams – which are nothing compared to what life actually has in store for him. He embarks on an epic journey through a land of tribal superstition and modern prejudice where he will learn the power of words, the power to transform lives, and finally, the power of one.

In this magical and uplifting novel, Peekay tells the story of his survival and coming of age against the background of South Africa during and just after World War II.


Richard Branson
An English business magnate, investor and adventurer. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. One of Britain’s (and the worlds) most successful entrepreneurs.

Swallows and Amazons
by Arthur Ransome

The Walker children – also known as Captain John, Mate Susan, Able-Seaman Titty, and Ship’s Boy Roger – set sail on the Swallow and head for Wild Cat Island. There they camp under open skies, swim in clear water and go fishing for their dinner. But their days are disturbed by the Blackett sisters, the fierce Amazon pirates. The Swallows and Amazons decide to battle it out, and so begins a summer of unforgettable discoveries and incredible adventures.


Mark Zuckerberg
American computer programmer, Internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is best known as one of the co-founders of the social networking website Facebook – where he is currently CEO.

Ender’s Game
by Orson Scott Card

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.


Steve Jobs
Through Apple, he is widely recognized as a charismatic pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer electronics fields, transforming “one industry after another”… from computers and smartphones to music and movies. Jobs also co-founded and served as chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios. Steve Jobs’ diversity makes him one of the most successful entrepreneurs we’ve ever seen.

Moby Dick
by Herman Melville
(age 14 and up)

An epic sea-story of Captain Ahab’s voyage in pursuit of Moby Dick – a great white whale. It initially received mixed reviews and at Melville’s death in 1891 was remembered, if at all, as a children’s sea adventure – but now is considered one of the Great American Novels and a leading work of American Romanticism. The opening line, “Call me Ishmael,” is one of the most recognizable opening lines in Western literature.


Jeff Bezos
A technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO of Amazon.com. Under his guidance, Amazon.com became the largest online retailer.

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle

The story of the adventures in space and time of Meg, Charles Wallace, and Calvin O’Keefe (athlete, student, and one of the most popular boys in high school), in search of Meg’s missing father – a scientist who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government on the tesseract problem.

A Wrinkle in Time is the winner of the 1963 Newbery Medal.


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