Books that influenced Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and other tech greats

Geniuses, innovators or just shrewd business people - these are the names of the greats from industry, entertainment and finance. In addition to many other factors such as upbringing, education and social contacts, there are and were books that shaped the lives and thoughts of individual people and brought them to their ideas, decisions and promising risks. I have compiled the books that influenced Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk and other tech giants.

What books have influenced Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezis, Mark Zuckerberg and Susan Kare? Here you can find titles that influenced the tech giants.

What books have influenced Steve Jobs, Tim Cook, Bill Gates, Satya Nadella, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezis, Mark Zuckerberg and Susan Kare? Here you can find titles that influenced the tech giants.

Books that inspired tech greats

Various overviews on the Internet can be used as sources for the following information. For example, the company Sage offers im “By the Book” segment his website provides an overview of books that are said to have influenced prominent people around the world. This also includes big names in the technology and internet industries. Steve Jobs is not listed there, but there are other pages about him and the books he read - for example Business Insider in this article.

There are many other overviews, the truth of which - as with almost everything on the Internet - can and should of course be questioned. Therefore, I do not claim that the books listed below actually made the people mentioned into the technology giants that they are / were. Not to mention 100 percent assurance that you've read these books in the first place. So with the following lists I am only giving what I was able to collect to the best of my knowledge and belief by researching apparently reputable sources.

THE book about the iPhone: The One Device

Steve Jobs - Co-Founder and former CEO of Apple

Tim Cook - Current CEO of Apple

Bill Gates - Co-founder and former CEO of Microsoft

Satya Nadella - Current CEO of Microsoft

Elon Musk - Co-Founder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX

Jeff Bezos - Founder and CEO of Amazon

Mark Zuckerberg - Co-Founder and CEO of Facebook

Books that inspired tech women

Unfortunately, there aren't that many sources in this area. As you can see from the lists above, the gentlemen of creation are arguably a little more communicative about their favorite reading material. I would also have liked to create lists of the books that Grace Hopper (programmer of the Mark 1 and architect of COBOL), Adele Goldberg (designed the graphic user interface with, among other things, can be displayed overlapping on the window in the computer OS), Karen Spärck Jones (pioneer of computing language processing and web search), Carol Shaw (probably first video game designer and professional programmer) and many more. 

Overview (in English): 15 tech women you should know

At least too Suzanne Kare, the designer behind the symbols and fonts of the first Mac generations, which are still used today, I found reading tips. In one Interview she made a few statements about influential books - especially about works that deal with the Japanese language, art and culture. Here is a selection:

  • Kanji pictograms
  • Icon Sourcebook by Henry Dreyfus
  • Handicraft and folklore books
  • Symbols and symbolism books
  • Information on tramp characters - cf. Terry FoxHobo Signs
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