1642 books total
Warren Buffett attributes his success to… a book. That’s right, he considers a book to be the best investment he ever made, saying that his financial life changed with that purchase. In fact, he’s renowned for spending most of his day reading, somewhere around 80%.
When asked how he learned to build rockets, Elon Musk said “I read books”. He didn’t just read them, he devoured them, even before planning to go to Mars.
Bill Gates is also known for reading more than 50 books per year and reviewing them afterwards on his blog.
The CEO Library is a project built at the intersection of our long-lasting relationship with reading, and the strong desire to know what books influenced the people we admire. We started this website out of pure selfish reasons: to gather in a single place all the books that shaped the journey of business people we look up to.
We are Cristina Chipurici and Bobby Voicu, two old friends who are passionate about reading and entrepreneurship.
Cristina’s addicted to reading – it’s the default activity that she falls back to when she isn’t working or… running.
But this wasn’t always the case. When she was just a small kid, she learned all by herself how to read, devouring everything that existed on her parent’s bookshelves (even those books that were inappropriate for her age, like Stephen King’s thriller novels). Everything changed when Cristina started school and reading became compulsory. From a pleasant activity, it turned into something she started hating and rejected, and years went by without finishing even one book. She was able to enjoy reading once again only when school education was officially over.
Cristina’s currently trying to minimize that reading gap, painfully aware of everything that she didn’t learn – all those years when others gained advantage through the books they read. She’s attracted especially to books that serve a purpose, help her self-improve and find solutions to day-to-day problems.
He’s an avid reader, entrepreneur and investor.
Reading was always his “hobby”, no matter what else was going on in his life. From fiction (he loves SciFi books) to non-fiction (business books and biographies, mostly), he’s reading a lot when he has the chance.
At some point in 2017 he looked at his Kindle and asked himself: Why did I download all these books? Who recommended them?
This is how the idea for The CEO Library came to exist. He then asked Cristina, with whom he founded another project about 10 years ago, to join and, hopefully, the rest is history 🙂