Bill Gates is a well-read guy, and it’s been that way for a while. He would check out books from the library so much as a youngster that the librarian wouldn’t give him new ones until he returned a few.

So it’s safe to assume that his top ten books of 2012 are legitimate. The Microsoft co-founder writes that he “read some amazing books this year.”

“Every one of these books changed my worldview, and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for inspiring reading,” Gates wrote.

Here are the top ten books that made Gates “think.” Each is linked to a written review that Gates himself penned.

  1. Deng Xiaoping by Ezra Vogel
  2. The Quest by Daniel Yergin
  3. A World-Class Education by Vivien Stewart
  4. Academically Adrift by Richard Arum & Joshipa Roksa

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  • Phil Gioldasis

    saul saul why do you presecute me?

  • Phil Gioldasis

    St John Trump thats all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Guest

    Thanks for this list! I’m pleased that all 10 books are available in Kindle format, although I’m somewhat perplexed that Bill didn’t use affiliate links to raise a little money for the B&MG Foundation through sales commissions.

  • Robert Carnival Zhang

    Leaving the more, it’s a really exciting posture!

  • Anon

    Well read and all, he still founded one of the greatest enslaving companies in the entire world. And people adore this man for all the money he gives to charity. How much freedom has he stolen from the world in spreading Windows? Causes poverty, but gives to charity. I guess all that reading didn’t serve any real purpose.

  • Anonymous

    FYI: These books did not all have reviews penned by BillG.

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