From Branson to Musk: How 8 Business Renegades Rose to the Top (7 books)
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Renegades dominate the world of business, from Steve Jobs to Sam Walton. Find out why in these 7 titles.
Losing My Virginity

Losing My Virginity is the internationally best-selling autobiography of self-made businessman Richard Branson. He details his lucrative adventures, beginning with dropping out of school, founding a record label and crossing the Atlantic ocean on a speedboat. In essence, the book is about how cleverness, determination and an adventurous mindset played a role in the making of one of the richest men on earth.

Richard Branson
The Rebel Rules

In The Rebel Rules, Chip Conley gives us the lowdown on success stories of entrepreneurial rebels. Conley makes sense of the seeming oxymoron of the rebel businessman, who embodies two apparent opposites – business savvy and refusal to play by the rules. He argues that business rebels, i.e., people who connect with their inner passions and dare to use their vision and instinct, aren’t only more successful in business but happier in general.

Chip Conley
Elon Musk

Elon Musk (2015) gives us an insight into the brilliant and difficult character of today’s most innovative entrepreneur. Interwoven with details of his turbulent private life, these blinks reveal why Elon Musk is so determined to save the human race, how he’s worked towards this goal so far, as well as what’s on the horizon for potentially the richest and most powerful man of our future.

Ashlee Vance
Steve Jobs

This book chronicles the audacious, adventurous life of Steve Jobs, the innovative entrepreneur and eccentric founder of Apple. Drawing from Jobs’s earliest experiences with spirituality and LSD to his pinnacle as worldwide tech icon, Steve Jobs describes the man’s successful ventures as well as the battles he fought along the way.

Walter Isaacson
Sam Walton: Made in America

Made in America (1992) tells the inspirational rags-to-riches story of Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, one of the biggest companies in the world. Find out how Walton used a customer-first approach to turn a small variety store into a global business empire and how a poor boy from Oklahoma went on to become one of the richest people in the world.

Sam Walton with John Huey
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind (2016) unveils a method for overcoming the madness of everyday life, one that enables anyone to stand out from the pack and become an extraordinary individual. The author lays down ten laws that anyone can easily follow to experience a radical transformation and find meaning and happiness in each day.

Vishen Lakhiani
Shoe Dog

Shoe Dog (2016) tells the story of the man behind the famous footwear company Nike. These blinks offer a peek into the mind of genius entrepreneur Phil Knight and detail the rollercoaster ride he went to through to build up his company.

Phil Knight
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