Ray Dalio’s Recommended Books: His Reading List By Richard Reis
If you’ve read my
“ Personal Finance Series, ” you know I admire Ray Dalio.
Rarely do I find a founder who talks about the
same exact things I’m interested in.
For example, we both enjoy studying:
Finance, Computers, Artificial intelligence, The human brain, History, And just figuring out how the world works.
If you’re interested in any of these topics, you’ll
love this list.
Sidenote: The only other founder I relate to in the same way is
Bryan Johnson, founder of Braintree and Kernel. Coincidentally (or not), some of his favorite books are on this list too.
Ray’s 68 and I’m 25. He’s had
far more time to research these topics (and filter out the good resources from the bad).
Naturally, I’ve always wanted to know what books he recommended. But I couldn’t find much online.
Two weeks ago, Tim Ferris
interviewed Ray and asked his famous question “what three books would you give to every graduating high school or college senior?” (the answers are at the top of the list).
Last week, Ray launched his latest book, “
Principles” (which you should absolutely buy). Here, he mentioned 30+ books!
I couldn’t be more excited to share this list with you. I’m sure you will find your next read.
Without further ado, here’s the list.
Ray Dalio’s Favorite Books The Lessons of History — Will Durant & Ariel Durant
River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life — Richard Dawkins
The Hero with a Thousand Faces — Joseph Campbell
Leadership the Outward Bound Way: Becoming a Better Leader in the Workplace, in the Wilderness, and in Your Community — Outward Bound USA
Einstein’s Mistakes: The Human Failings of Genius — Hans C. Ohanian
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business — Charles Duhigg
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future — Daniel H. Pink
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind — Yuval Noah Harari
The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds — Michael Lewis
The Upside of Inequality: How Good Intentions Undermine the Middle Class — Edward Conard
The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why it Matters — Sean B. Carroll
From Bacteria to Bach and Back — Daniel C. Dennett
A Magic Web: The Forest of Barro Colorado Island — Christian Ziegler & Egbert G. Leigh
Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage — Alfred Lansing
Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life — Sandra Aamodt & Sam Wang
The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Case for the Existence of the Soul— Mario Beauregard & Denyse O’Leary
Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World — Dalai Lama
Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain— David Eagleman
Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds — Howard Gardner
Who’s in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain — Michael S. Gazzaniga
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World — Adam Grant
Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization — Edward D. Hess
Thinking, Fast and Slow — Daniel Kahneman
The Evolving Self: Problem and Process in Human Development — Robert Kegan
In Over Our Heads: The Mental Demands of Modern Life — Robert Kegan
An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Development Organization— Robert Kegan
You: Being More Effective in Your MBTI Type— Michael M. Lombardo, Robert W. Eichinger, & Roger P. Pearman
Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior — Leonard Mlodinow
The Role of the Individual in History — Georgii V. Plekhanov
Who Am I?: 16 Basic Desires That Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities — Steven Reiss
Discovering Your Personality Type: The Essential Introduction to the Enneagram— Don Richard Riso & Russ Hudson
The Gift of Adversity: The Unexpected Benefits of Life’s Difficulties, Setbacks, and Imperfections — Norman E. Rosenthal M.D. & Rameck Hunt
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey — Jill Bolte Taylor
Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith — J. Anderson Thomson
Creativity and the Brain — Mario Tokoro & Ken Mogi
The Meaning of Human Existence — Edward O. Wilson
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life — Walter Isaacson
Einstein: His Life and Universe — Walter Isaacson
Steve Jobs — Walter Isaacson P.S.: Follow Ray on Twitter. P.P.S.: If you like book recommendations such as these, I recently built this website with a friend. Here you can find many more people’s recommendations (e.g. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, etc…) Thanks for reading! 😊 If you enjoyed it, test how many times can you hit 👏 in 5 seconds. It’s great cardio for your fingers AND will help other people see the story. You can follow me on Twitter at @ richardreeze to find out whenever others just like it come out. 📚 Do you like books? If so you might enjoy my latest obsession: .📚 Most Recommended Books