“Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.” — Any Warhol
This is a list of my favorite and noteworthy books on financial skills, managing money, personal finance, and wealth.
When I think of financial skills, I think of budeting, making money, financial intelligence, financial fitness, investing, passive income, psychology of money, and more.
The books below help provide financial skills, including mindsets, methodologies, and methods. I test the books against real-world scenarios.
I put the bulk of the list in categories so you can explore relevant books and you can easily compare against your existing leadership books library.
This is a list of my favorite books on wealth and personal finance:
10 Best Books on Money, Wealth, & Personal Finance
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing, Ninth Edition, by Burton Makiel
- Broke Millennial: Stop Scraping By and Get Your Financial Life Together, by Erin Lowry
- Instant Income: Strategies That Bring in the Cash, by Janet Switzer
- Irrational Exuberance, by Robert Shiller
- Suze Orman’s Financial Guidebook: Put the 9 Steps to Work, by Suze Orman
- The Book on Making Money, by Steve Oliverz
- The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition), by Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig, and Warren Buffett
- The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities, 2nd Edition, by Bernard Baumohl
- The Six-Figure Second Income: How To Start and Grow A Successful Online Business Without Quitting Your Day Job, by David Lindahl and Jonathan Rozek
- What You Need to Do Now: An 8-Point Action Plan to Secure Your Financial Independence, by Ric Edelman
A Few More…
- ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income, by Darrne Rowse
- Richest Man in Babylon – Original Edition, by George Clason
- Set for Life: Dominate Life, Money, and the American Dream, by Scott Trench
- The Automatic Millionaire: A Powerful One-Step Plan to Live and Finish Rich, by David Bach
- The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy, by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
- The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, by Dave Ramsey
- Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill
- Why Didn’t They Teach Me This in School?: 99 Personal Money Management Principles to Live By, by Cary Siegel
- Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence, by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez
One-Sentence Summaries of the Best Books on Money
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street: The Time-Tested Strategy for Successful Investing, Ninth Edition– how to maximize gains and minimize losses, how to analyze potential returns.
- Irrational Exuberance– how to analyze the stock market from a historical perspective, how to analyze the real estate market from a historical perspective, how to identify a speculative bubble, learn the social psychological and sociology to understand why so many people change their opinions at the same time, learn how to lower your exposure to burst bubbles.
- Suze Orman’s Financial Guidebook: Put the 9 Steps to Work– learn how your parent’s relationship with money affects yours, how to cope with the ever-changing landscape of educational costs, social security, and the stock market, learn the key questions that every financial adviser should ask you upon your initial meeting, how to get a realistic picture of how much money you have to work with.
- The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) – how to reach your financial goals, how to manage your portfolio, how to select securities, how to select stocks.
- The Secrets of Economic Indicators: Hidden Clues to Future Economic Trends and Investment Opportunities, 2nd Edition– how to figure out what the numbers really mean, how to stay ahead of the curve, how to spot turning points, how to figure out where the economy’s really heading, how to use foreign indicators, how to make sense when the numbers disagree, how to find the data.
- What You Need to Do Now: An 8-Point Action Plan to Secure Your Financial Independence – how to prepare for money emergencies, how to provide for your family, how to preserve your assets, how to protect your income, how to defend your business, how to plan your next investment moves.