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They’re onto something. Bill Gates, Oprah, and Warren Buffet (above) didn’t become self-made billionaires by accident.

If you want to reach peak financial success, reading their how-to manuals is a good place to start. Here are seven books by billionaires to add to your 2017 reading list.



What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

There’s no one more well-versed in gratitude, power, passion, and dedication than Oprah Winfrey. The self-made media mogul gives insight and advice any billionaire-hopeful should heed. Get it here.

What I Know For Sure
(Flatiron Books)



The First Billion Is the Hardest by T. Boone Pickens

We couldn’t agree more with Mr. Pickens. Grab a copy here to gain insight into his success and learn his “Booneisms.”

The First Billion Is the Hardest
(Crown Business)



Think Like a Champion by Donald Trump

Before he was president of the United States, Trump was a top real estate mogul. Billed as an informal education in business and life, you’ll find a collection of essays inside his book. Get it here.

Think Like a Champion
(Running Press)



Bloomberg by Bloomberg by Michael Bloomberg

A must-read if you want to build a media empire. No, repeating his name over and over won’t put more money in your pockets—we tried. Buy it here.

Bloomberg by Bloomberg



Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Startups are hot right now. If you’re thinking of creating one of your own, this is a vital read. Get it here.

Zero to One
(Crown Business)




The Essays of Warren Buffet by Warren Buffet

Learn Buffet’s investment philosophies and facets of business from his letters to shareholders. Buy it here.

The Essays of Warren Buffett
(The Cunningham Group/Carolina Academic Press)



Business @ the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates

He’s the richest person in the world for a reason: He understands that business and technology are inextricably linked. Learn more here.

Business @ the Speed of Thought
(Grand Central Publishing)


Not satisfied? Check out Business Insider’s full list of 25 books by billionaires that will teach you how to run the world.

RealClearLife Staff