In honor of 2016’s World Book Day, British business magnate and investor Richard Branson took to the Virgin blog to share a list of 65 books he recommends people read over their lifetime. From childhood classics by Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss to books on ecology, philosophy, business, and fast food, it’s an eclectic collection from a man who dropped out of high school to build an empire.

Find a list of Richard Branson’s favorite books below, and complement with the reading lists of Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey.


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (also rec’d by Michelle Obama)

Tales of the Unexpected by Roald Dahl

George’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (also rec’d by Stephen King)

Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr Seuss

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (also rec’d by Elon Musk)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (also rec’d by Anthony BourdainHayao Miyazaki & Oscar Wilde)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

1984 by George Orwell (also rec’d by David BowieJohn Lennon & Steve Jobs)

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

The Quiet American by Graham Greene (also rec’d by Anthony Bourdain)

The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart

Shantaram by Gregory Roberts

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (also rec’d by Joan Didion)

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

The Outermost House by Henry Beston

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege by Antony Beevor

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (also rec’d by Janet Mock & Shonda Rhimes)

Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck

Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson Mandela

Mao: The Unknown Story by Jung Chang

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter

No Future Without Forgiveness by Desmond Tutu

Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel

Mandela’s Way: Lessons on Life, Love, and Courage by Richard Stengel

Limitless: Leadership That Endures by Ajaz Ahmed

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: 50 of the World’s Most Remarkable People Pass on Their Best Piece of Advice by Richard Reed

Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

One Hundred & One Reasons to Get Out of Bed by Natasha Milne

Letters to a Stranger: A publishing project in aid of MIND by Various

Self Belief: The Vision by Jamal Edwards

The Meaning of the 21st Century by James Martin

Time for New Dreams by Ben Okri

Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s Most Important Skill by Matthieu Ricard

A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution by Frank White

Beyond the Blue by Jim Campbell

Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis

Cosmos by Carl Sagan

The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth by Tim Flannery

Big World, Small Planet by Johan Rockstrom and Mattias Klum

An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It by Al Gore

Necker: A Virgin Island by Russell James

Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford

Arctica: The Vanishing North by Sebastian Copeland

In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

In-N-Out Burger: A Behind-the-Counter Look at the Fast-Food Chain That Breaks All the Rules by Stacy Perman

In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

Ending the War on Drugs by Various

(via Virgin)

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