Scanning the personal libraries of CEOs, tech gurus and venture geniuses reveals not only what they read but how they think, the Times reports. The well-heeled have taken to housing their exorbitant collections in luxurious, custom-built, private spaces. And if you read between the lines, the literature tends to reflect the collector.
Apple exec Steve Jobs recently sold his his original volumes of the 18th-century mystic poet and artist William Blake, a possible influence on the iPod visionary. And disgraced junk bond king Michael Milken collects biographies, plays, novels and papers on Galileo—a leader who faced arrest but was redeemed by history.