Mega billionaire Bill Gates is done dominating the business world and now — through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — he’s busy trying to fix many of the earth’s most pressing problems. Gates, who dropped out of Harvard to focus on his little software startup called Microsoft, has always been a big reader. And one of the best things about following Gates online is that he reveals and reacts to what he reads with such passion.
This year’s Bill Gates summer reading list is rich with real life stories that explain a lot about the world we live in. Jared Diamond’s book Upheaval is there, which explores “how societies react during moments of crisis.” Gates also includes other nonfiction tomes like Nine Pints, Presidents of War, and The Future of Capitalism. (Who doesn’t want to know that?)
But Gates also puts a fiction title on his book list this year — the very popular A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Gates loves reading about Russia, he admits, revealing that he has “read every book by Dostoyevsky,” the Russian master who wrote The Brothers Karamazov, among those titles below.