You’d expect that with India’s biggest conglomerate to run, multi-billionaire Mukesh Ambani has little time to read – but you’d be mistaken.

Speaking to Bloomberg New Economy, the Reliance head honcho shared a list of the books that ‘helped him make sense of 2021 and are preparing him for 2022’. We’re pretty sure that he doesn’t have too many worries, but we certainly do – making the list well worth browsing.

From post-pandemic research to looking forward at a whirlwind 2020s, these books are a great choice for anyone with a forward-thinking mindset – and a perfect set of potential Secret Santa goodies.

Here’s what Asia’s richest man recommends as his top reads of 2021:

 

Principles for Dealing With the Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed and Fail

Principles for Dealing With The Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed or Fail

By Ray Dalio

#1 New York Times Bestseller and investing genius Ray Dalio is something of a household name – especially to those with a deep curiosity for how economics influences the everyday life of the human race.

Around a decade after taking the world by storm with Principles, he’s now penned a fantastic exploration of how 21st-century economics has changed – complete with rock-solid analysis and great advice for policymakers and investors alike.

 

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

Ten Lessons for a Post-Pandemic World

By Fareed Zakaria

The prolific Mumbai-born CNN host returns again with a straightforward, condensed set of ideas – an interlinked web of globalization, technology, inequality, and politics.

A solid, surprisingly unbiased collection of thoughts from some of the most accomplished minds of today’s world – this is a great read for anyone interested in finding direction, guidance, and meaning in an increasingly volatile time.

 

The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People-and the Fight for Our Future

The Raging 2020s: Companies, Countries, People – and the Fight for Our Future

By Alec Ross

New York Times bestselling author, former senior advisor to the secretary of state, and distinguished visiting professor at the University of Bologna Business School – Alec Ross is one of the most qualified people in the world to address the questions of our collective future.

Through interviews with the world’s most influential thinkers and stories of corporate activism and malfeasance, government failure and renewal, THE RAGING 2020s examines the economic and political forces that brought us to where we are today and looks at the trends shaping the decade to come.

 

2030: How Today’s Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything

2030: How Today's Biggest Trends Will Collide and Reshape the Future of Everything

By Mauro Guillén

2030 is something of a temporal pivot for humanity. For centuries, humans have run on the same axioms, the same expectations from global economies, and the same ideas of how to build their futures. By 2030 – most of these assumptions will mean nothing.

Guillén’s work aims to explore some of the most shocking and unpredictable trends in contemporary global society. With an emphasis on using creative, unorthodox ways of saving an increasingly threatened world, 2030 is a stark yet simultaneously hopeful portrait of the world we could become – or the world we could lose.

 

Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results

Big Little Breakthroughs: How Small, Everyday Innovations Drive Oversized Results

By Josh Linker

Much of how the world views entrepreneurial innovation is skewed – we get carried away by big-name seminars and fancy awards. However, the true core of innovation is grounded in simple everyday realities.

Instead of shooting for a $10-billion payday or a Nobel Prize, the most prolific innovators focus on Big Little Breakthroughs—small creative acts that unlock massive rewards over time. By cultivating daily micro-innovations, individuals and organizations are better equipped to tackle tough challenges and seize transformational opportunities.

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