Billionaire investor Ray Dalio is celebrated as one of the financial world’s greatest innovators, known for popularizing many industry-changing strategies and growing Bridgewater Associates into the world’s largest hedge fund. In 2017 he authored Principles: Life & Work, a New York Times bestseller that outlines his philosophies on everything from corporate leadership to investment approaches.

A champion of radical transparency, the Wall Street titan has shared various book recommendations for everyone from college grads to experienced investors throughout the years. Covering themes of neuroscience, power dynamics, theology, and income inequality, find Dalio’s reading list below, and complement with the bookshelves of Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, Mark Cuban, and Richard Branson.


The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers by Paul Kennedy

The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (also rec’d by Jim Morrison)

The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant

An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison

River Out of Eden by Richard Dawkins

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant (also rec’d by Nipsey Hussle & Richard Branson)

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman (also rec’d by Penn Jillette)

Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World by the Dalai Lama

Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life by Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt

Einstein’s Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius by Hans C. Ohanian

Leadership the Outward Bound Way: Becoming a Better Leader in the Workplace, in the Wilderness, and in Your Community by Outward Bound USA

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Taylor

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis (also rec’d by Mark Cuban)

Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith by J. Anderson Thomson

The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class by Edward Conard

(via Business Insider)

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