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15 Great Entrepreneur Biographies to Inspire Your Startup

15 Great Entrepreneur Biographies to Inspire Your Startup

Reading entrepreneur biographies can help you learn about successful people and teach you their recipes for hitting ambitious goals. The stories behind these entrepreneurs can also inspire you to work harder to achieve your own goals.

Whether you want to build a billion dollar startup or run a bootstrapped business, this list of biographies about famous entrepreneurs will give you the tools you need to succeed.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

As of April 21, 2021, Elon Musk is one of the world's wealthiest people with a net worth of $174.6 billion dollars. In this biography, Ashlee Vance takes a comprehensive look at Musk's life and entrepreneurial endeavors. From building Zip2 and PayPal to starting Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity, Musk is one of the most successful founders of all time. Learn how he's overcome adversity to build these world-changing companies.

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The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Jeff Bezos is the world's wealthiest person, and Amazon is one of the world's most valuable companies. Brad Stone tells the story of the company's founding in this book, and shares how Amazon went from being just an online book seller to the world's largest online retailer. If you want to better understand Jeff Bezos and Amazon, this book is a must-read.

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs started Apple, NeXT Computer, and Pixar. He led Apple's incredible turnaround during the twenty-first century. His vision and product skills were legendary. And, he was a complicated individual who battled pancreatic cancer. This book tells the inspiring story of his life, and contains wisdom for any entrepreneur who wants to build an impactful company.

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Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Nike is one of the most ubiquitous and inspiring brands of all time. But, it had very humble beginningsā€”bringing in just $8,000 its first year. In his memoir, Phil Knight, Nike's founder, shares the hard work and long hours that went into building his company. He also takes you through the many obstacles he and Nike faced in the company's early days.

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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

 Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.

John D. Rockefeller, Sr. is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the history of the world. From very humble beginnings, he built Standard Oil into a monopoly that dominated the oil industry in the twentieth century. This book takes an in-depth look at his entire life, and shares many stories from his entrepreneurial pursuits and philanthropic work.

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The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Many people consider Warren Buffet to be the most successful investor of all time. This biography tells his full life story and shares how he built Berkshire Hathaway into a juggernaut. If you have an interest in investing or entrepreneurship, you'll come away with important lessons after reading this book.

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Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way

Richard Branson has started more than one hundred successful companies under the Virgin brand. In his autobiography, he goes into how he started businesses in very competitive industries like air travel, cola, and music. You'll have a chance to peer into the life of an incredibly famous and successful entrepreneur in this book.

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Sam Walton: Made In America

Sam Walton: Made In America

Wal-Mart is the world's largest retailer, and Sam Walton founded it. He shares his advice and candid lessons learned from building the company in this book. Whether you want to start your own retailer or ecommerce store or just learn about delighting customers, you'll find valuable insights after reading Sam Walton: Made In America.

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Morgan: American Financier

Morgan: American Financier

J. Pierpont Morgan was a complicated man who built the bank that eventually became J.P. Morgan and Co. His bank dominated finance during the Gilded Age, and he helped fund companies like General Electric and U.S. Steel. This book tells the story of his life.

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Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder

Arianna Huffington co-founded Huffington Post Media Group, which became one of the world's leading media outlets. In this book, Huffington shares her deeply personal story of experiencing burnout and health issues from overwork, and provides a framework for a healthier approach to our future careers.

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Bloomberg by Bloomberg

Bloomberg by Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg has built an industry-defining financial technology and media firm. In his autobiography, he shares his life story: from working his way through college and becoming a partner at a top Wall Street firm to getting kicked out of that firm and starting his own company.

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Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie rose from living in poverty as a child to becoming the world's wealthiest person. A man filled with dichotomies, he battled labor as he built his wildly successful steel company and also ushered in a new age of philanthropic giving. This biography from historian David Nasaw tells his story.

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Call Me Ted

Call Me Ted

"Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise!" Ted Turner launched TBS and CNN and built a leading media company in the process. He also won a World Series as the owner of the Atlanta Braves. He shares his story in this book and gives readers an inside look at his life, successes, and failures.

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The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt

This book, which won the National Book Award, provides an in-depth look at Cornelius Vanderbilt's life, who many people consider to be the person that ushered in modern capitalism. Vanderbilt, one of the wealthiest people in American history, was involved in transportation, the Gold Rush, real estate, and more.

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Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business

Barbara Corcoran, real estate and startup investing mogul, has a remarkable life story. From failing at 22 different jobs to borrowing $1,000 from a boyfriend to launch her business, Corcoran has shown grit and tenacity in building a $6 billion real estate empire. This book tells the story of her life.

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