The 5 books that Bill Gates liked the most in 2021

Bill Gates He is one of the most millionaire men in the world and although in 2021 he left the top two positions for the first time in three decades, he is still a great influence in the business world. Along these lines, his words and recommendations are taken up and followed by thousands of people in every corner of the planet, and more by entrepreneurs.

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It has always been known that the American philanthropist He is a lover of reading, a hobby that started from a very young age with science fiction books. As it grew Bill Gates began to read much more nonfiction, in order to learn about the real world.

Recently, the founder of Microsoft shared with his followers the five books he loved to read in 2021 and recommended the works that fascinated him in his now classic holiday reading list of this year. Check out Gates’ recommendations below.

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Bill Gates recommended the books that fascinated him on his now classic Christmas reading list this year (Photo: Bill Gates / Facebook)


5. A Thousand Brains: A New Theory of Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins

In his post, Gates noted that “few topics have captured the imagination of science fiction writers like artificial intelligence.” Therefore, he notes that “if you are interested in learning more about what it takes to create true AI, this book offers a fascinating theory.” According to the businessman, Hawkins has spent decades thinking about the connections between neuroscience and machine learning, “and there is no better introduction to his thinking than this book.”

4. The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Genetic Editing and the Future of the Human Race, by Walter Isaacson

According to the Microsoft founder, “the CRISPR gene editing system is one of the coolest and perhaps most important scientific breakthroughs of the last decade.” Due to the work in his foundation, where he finances several projects that use technology, he is very familiar with the subject and; in addition, he learned much from this “comprehensive and accessible book about its discovery by Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Jennifer Doudna and her colleagues.” Finally, Gates notes that Isaacson does a good job of highlighting the most important ethical issues around gene editing.

3. Klara and the Sun, by Kazuo Ishiguro

“I love good robot stories, and Ishiguro’s novel about an ‘artificial friend’ of a sick girl is no exception. Although it takes place in a dystopian future, robots are not a force for evil, ”Gates argued; who highlighted that this book made him think about what life would be like with super intelligent robots and if these machines will be treated as pieces of technology or as something else.

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The 2021 books recommended by Bill Gates (Photo: Bill Gates / Facebook)
The 2021 books recommended by Bill Gates (Photo: Bill Gates / Facebook)

2. Hamnet, de Maggie O’Farrell

The millionaire philanthropist noted that “if you are a fan of Shakespeare, you will love this poignant novel about how his personal life may have influenced the writing of one of his most famous plays.” According to Gates, O’Farrell has built his story on two true and true facts about ‘The Bard’: his son Hamnet died at the age of 11, and a couple of years later, Shakespeare wrote a tragedy called Hamlet. “I especially enjoyed reading about his wife, Anne, who is pictured here as an almost supernatural figure,” he said.

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1. Ave Maria Project, by Andy Weir

Finally, Bill Gates recommends the work of Weir, whom he met through The Martian. “His latest novel is a crazy story about a high school science teacher who wakes up in a different star system with no memory of how he got there. The rest of the story is about how he uses science and engineering to save the day, “said the millionaire, who also stressed that the book was such a fun read that he finished it in a weekend.



When Bill Gates He was 19 years old and was not sure what he wanted in life. Although he had entered Harvard University for a law degree, the following year he decided to leave his studiesas well as his work at a large Canadian hydroelectric company.

After that, he got carried away by his work addiction and into what he was most passionate about, he founded one of the most important technology companies in history: Microsoft Thanks to his great intelligence and to having by his side a friend who loves mathematics and who liked to impose very hard days on employees.

Although many in his position had sought to get richer and richer, he was obsessed the first few years with getting enough money to allow him to pay the payroll if in case he was left without an important contract. “I wanted to have enough money in the bank so that if nobody paid us in a year, I could assume the salaries”, said according to a publication of El Mundo.

Despite this concern, that does not mean that he was a cold and calculating person, and therefore a very tough boss, because sometimes when the delegated work was going to take more than a week, he used to tell his employees: “I can do it in one day, why don’t you work as much as I do?”.

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