If you were wondering what kinda books the rich people read, you might just have to take a look at the list that J.P. Morgan Private Bank sends out to its rich clients. It is called the Summer Reading List and it is an official list of 10 books that the rich clients are expected to read. Of course, you would expect rich people to read luxury books that are related to money, and the list is pretty redundant if you asked me.
To think that being rich means to only think about making more money, or only be preoccupied with luxury escapes, economy or finances is something stupid. Nevertheless, the list includes Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons from CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed, which is written by Adam Bryant and offers tips to budding CEOs. The Inside the Partnership Between Venture Capitalists and Entrepreneurs by William Draper III is a cool book that describes the lives of venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.
The Rockefellers and Their Astonishing Cultural Legacy by Susan Loebl, On China by Henry Kissinger, A Musical Odyssey in Umbria by Lin Arison, Diana Stoll and Neil Folberg, How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries by Peter Sim, and A Woman’s Journey Through Poems by Caroline Kennedy (which includes poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay, W.B. Yeats, Elizabeth Bishop and others).
Other books include Surprising Discoveries for Health and Long Life by Howard S. Friedman and Leslie R. Martin, Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, and A Family’s Century of Art and Loss by Edmund De Waal. These books mostly concentrate on venture capitalists, CEOs, entrepreneurs or how the Asian giants like China and Japan are influencing luxury, and also a bit of history and literature thrown in. Not really a compelling list, but well, what can you expect from a bank?