Bill Gates Lists His Favorite Books of 2016

Bill Gates has appar­ent­ly been a big read­er all along, even dur­ing his Microsoft days. On his site, Gates Notes, he writes, “I’ve been read­ing about a book a week on aver­age since I was a kid. Even when my sched­ule is out of con­trol, I carve out a lot of time for read­ing.” And peri­od­i­cal­ly he pub­lish­es a list of his favorite reads.

He con­tin­ues: “If you’re look­ing for a book to enjoy over the hol­i­days, here are some of my favorites from this year. They cov­er an eclec­tic mix of topics—from ten­nis to ten­nis shoes, genomics to great lead­er­ship. They’re all very well writ­ten, and they all dropped me down a rab­bit hole of unex­pect­ed insights and plea­sures.”

The list includes String The­o­ry by David Fos­ter Wal­lace; The Gene: An Inti­mate His­to­ry by Sid­dhartha Mukher­jee; The Myth of the Strong Leader: Polit­i­cal Lead­er­ship in the Mod­ern Age by Archie Brown; The Grid by Gretchen Bakke, and Shoe Dog by Phil Knight.

Head to Gates Notes to find out what par­tic­u­lar­ly made each book near and dear to his heart.

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