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Oct 11, 2023

Top 5 Business Biographies

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“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” - Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. To find success in any line of business you need to be constantly learning and adapting to an ever-changing environment. And what better way to learn about the business environment than through the experiences of some of the world’s most renowned entrepreneurs and founders?

Inspired by Elon Musk’s recent biography, we have collated our top 5 business biographies. So, without further ado let's jump in and conquer the world of business with these must-read business biographies.


Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

Pages: 627

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From the well-renowned biographical author - Walter Isaacson, comes the life story of one of the most unreserved and controversial innovators the world has ever seen. For two years Isaacson devoted his life to understanding Elon Musk - observing him, interviewing him, and attending meetings with him, resulting in a vivid piece of biographical literature that paints an astonishingly intricate image of Elon Musk’s life, from being bullied on the playground to sending rockets into space and becoming the richest man in the world. This a must read for any fan of Tesla, Space X, or Musk himself!


Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Pages: 400

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Read about how the CEO and Founder of Nike - Phil Knight, built his blossoming shoe business to be one of the world's most recognised brands. Experience Knight's story in his own words from when he set out with just a $50 loan from his father and a mission. His mission was to create a business that imported low-cost, high-quality athletic shoes from Japan to sell them in the US. Learn about the risks and obstacles that stood between Knight and his team on their road to success.


Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built

Pages: 304

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Written by author Duncan Clark, this fantastic biography tells the story of the world-famous entrepreneur and founder of Alibaba (the Chinese multinational technology company) - Jack Ma. Discover every move he made, every direction he took, and every challenge he overcame. This book goes into great detail about every significant event in Jack Ma’s journey from his breakthrough idea, to overcoming his Silicone Valley rivals, all the way to leading Alibaba to market domination with an 80% market share.


Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul

Pages: 350

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‘Onward’ is an entrepreneurial biography that narrates the unprecedented return of Howard Schultz as CEO of Starbucks 8 years after stepping down from the position. The narrative guides you through the transformation that the well-known brand coffee went through, as Schultz successfully attempted to restore not only its financial health but its core values too. The biography illustrates how Starbucks managed to stay afloat during the most severe financial crash since the great depression and still achieve profitability and sustainability without sacrificing morality.


Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography

Pages: 627

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Learn about the life of one of the most influential business founders the world has seen – Steve Jobs. The second biography on our list written by experienced biographical author Walter Isaacson, this book unveils how Steve Jobs’ ideas helped him overcome his competitors and revolutionise multiple industries including the music, film, and everyday digital hardware industries. This is an essential tool for any budding entrepreneur as it contains an insight into the methods and work ethic adopted by the entrepreneurial giant on his road to success.


So, that concludes our list of the top 5 business biographies out there. We hope that our top picks will have all the tips and insights you need to conquer the modern market and build your own success!

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