A lot of research has gone into finding out what the wealthy and those in leadership have in common. One thing always comes up in most – if not all – the surveys: they read a lot!
Sir Richard Branson
Branson turned his dyslexia into one of his greatest assets. The English business magnate, investor and philanthropist, says he reads a lot of global affairs magazines and likes to look over a range, whether it is The Economist, The New Yorker or the FT, or The World Post.
Gates, who is set to be named the world’s trillionaire, dropped out of Harvard University in 1975 to focus on Microsoft on a full time basis. Even with all the work he does, he still has time for reading about 50 books per year, which he breaks down to one book a week
Zuckerberg first launched Facebook from his dorm room in Harvard University, and later dropped out after his sophomore year, moved to Silicon Valley to work on the world’s largest social network, with over 1 billion active users. He resolved to read a book every fortnight throughout 2015. This guy even makes time to read books to his baby!
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, received a job offer from a local TV station while she was a sophomore student at Tennessee State University. She left school to set off her media career and it surely paid off – big time! Oprah even has a book club, and selects one out of her favorite books to read and discuss every month. A study of 1200 wealthy people revealed that they all shared reading as a pastime they have in common. They believe that books are a gateway to learning and knowledge.