Starting a business from scratch can be daunting and filled with challenges. We have compiled a list of the top five business biographies that will help you on your entrepreneur journey, and give you advice from the most successful entrepreneurs of our time.

1. Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist – Roger Lowenstein

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This book is a fantastic biography of Warren Buffett. I think anyone who wants to learn about Warren Buffett or his investment techniques etc should first read this book before anything else.

2. Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson

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This is a gripping journey into the life of an amazing individual. Despite its girth of nearly 600 pages, the book zips along at a torrid pace.

The interviews with Jobs are fascinating and revealing. We get a real sense for what it must have been like to be Steve, or to work with him.

3. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way – Richard Branson

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Losing my virginity is an entertaining page-turner all the way from the beginning to the end. It is fascinating to read about what a mildly dyslexic man with no college education could create for himself.

4. Hard Drive: Bill Gates and the Making of the Microsoft Empire  James Wallace

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Bill Gates is by far the most successful man of our time and probably of all time. This book explains gates earlier life in depth. Who was Bill Gates before the billions? This is all explained in this book. Gates’ incredibly driven personality was always present even in his earlier years. Gates is today undoubtedly the most feared man in the industry and thought of by many as the most powerful man in the world.

5. Against the Odds: An Autobiography – James Dyson

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The story told here, an autobiography, is one of the most inspiring that I’ve read in a long time. Dyson is an inventor and industrial designer who has taken his bagless vacuum cleaner from the garage to a huge enterprise.