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What CEOs Read Before They Lead

Business leaders find refuge and resource in luxury book collections
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2007 1:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – 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. (Read more CEO stories.)

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