What are some interesting autobiographies of entrepreneurs

13 biographies of successful entrepreneurs & founders

Biographies of successful entrepreneurs and founders are an important source of inspiration for many prospective and existing entrepreneurs. We looked at the best entrepreneur biographies and compiled a summary.


Dirk Rossmann: “... then I climbed the tree!”: Of advancement, courage and change

As an entrepreneur, Dirk Roßmann built 3,770 drugstores and achieved sales of 9 billion euros for the first time in 2017. Despite the success, Dirk Rooßmann has always remained down to earth. In his very private biography he also talks openly about his weaknesses and the business crises. It is a biography that shows that it is not worth giving up, even if it is difficult at times. It is also very inspiring how Rossmann always puts people in the foreground and wants to promote a sense of responsibility and self-confidence.

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Shoe Dog: The Official Biography of the NIKE Founder

Phil Knight borrowed $ 50 from his father in the early 1960s to start his own small business that would become one of the most successful sporting goods manufacturers in the world. The story behind Nike is exciting and turbulent. Many times Nike was on the verge of bankruptcy, but Knight and his team defied all adversities and did what they believed in - regardless of whether suddenly the American tax authorities wanted money, billion bills could not be paid or business partner Nike wanted to deceive. The autobiography is also exciting because it shows what it was like to do business with Japan in the post-war period and how different the two cultures ultimately are. The biography shows how important fighting spirit, camaraderie and belief in a great goal are.

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Steve Jobs: The Authorized Bio of the Apple Founder

Steve Jobs has shaped the world as an entrepreneur. His biography, written by Walter Isaacson, gives a deep insight into the bustling and charismatic personality of Jobs, who always strived for perfection. After reading it, you will understand the Apple corporation as it was much better. All in all, a very exciting, extraordinary and above all honest biography that shows the Apple founder with all the rough edges.

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The Albrechts: In the footsteps of the ALDI entrepreneurs

Everyone knows ALDI, but there are many myths about the two brothers who founded the discounter empire. With the book, the author Martin Kuhna sheds light on the darkness and examined the lives of the two company founders. The result is an excellent portrait of one of the most interesting company stories in Germany.

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Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography

Richard Branson is known worldwide as a serial entrepreneur and adventurer. His autobiography gives an overview of his life, which is characterized by a seemingly unstoppable urge to try things. The book, which is almost like an adventure novel, tells of successes, but also of failures. He vividly tells of the first major failure of his school newspaper or shows how he made a precision landing with his record company when they signed the artist Mike Oldfield.

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The godparents of the internet: How the Samwer brothers build the world's largest internet empire

The Samwer brothers are among the big players in the German online business and have become multimillionaires with Zalando, Alando, Jamba and many other companies. They are smart and ambitious, but also unscrupulous and therefore controversial. Joel Kaczmarek spoke to many confidants of the Samwers and tells the success story of the brothers trio in his book.

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The seller of everything: Jeff Bezos and the Empire of Amazon

Jeff Bezos is one of the great pioneers of online trading with Amazon. His biography shows impressively how Bezos managed to develop Amazon from a garage company into a powerful global corporation. The basis for the book were more than 300 interviews. The result is a really readable biography that shows the whole spectrum of the person Jeff Bezos.

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The Red Bull story: The incredible success of Dietrich Mateschitz

Dietrich Mateschitz launched Red Bull at the age of 21 and eventually developed it into a global brand. With clever marketing, Mateschitz has positioned itself in the extreme sports segment and built up a unique brand image. Numerous ventures from Formula 1 teams to TV broadcasters stand for the willingness to take risks, future orientation and hunger of the entrepreneur Mateschitz. The book is ideal for anyone who wants to learn more about the extraordinary history of Red Bull. A weak point of the book is that it was not written in collaboration with Mateschitz and therefore only allows a view from the outside.

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Elon Musk: How Elon Musk changed the world - The biography

Elon Musk stands for innovation. With PayPal he revolutionized online payments, with Tesla he made the electric car socially acceptable and with SpaceX he succeeded for the first time as a private company in transporting payloads into space. In her biography, author Ashlee Vance shows the career of the lateral thinker Elon Musk. During her research, she had access to Elon Musk himself, but also to his close environment. This has resulted in an extraordinary and readable biography with a lot of depth.

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What I never expected: the autobiography of the dm founder

At the age of 29, Götz Werner realizes his dream and, against all advice, opens his first drugstore discounter and thus begins the German success story of the dm brand. Today, with more than 3,000 branches, dm is the largest drugstore chain in Europe. Anyone who expects a completely normal biography will be disappointed, because Götz Werner thinks differently. In his view, companies have the task of equally satisfying the needs of their customers AND employees. This philosophy gave rise to an unusual and, above all, socially responsible management style. The biography is inspiring compulsory reading for every entrepreneur and at the same time one of the most important German entrepreneur biographies when it comes to social entrepreneurship.

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Fielmann. An entrepreneur with foresight

Günther Fielmann founded his first optician's shop in Cuxhaven in 1972. This was the beginning of an entrepreneurial success story. Today Fielmann has 500 branches all over Germany and is one of the best-known optician brands. With his book, Harald Czycholl created a portrait of the entrepreneur Günther Fielmann, who is also involved as an environmentally conscious farmer and committed monument conservationist. The book is a readable blueprint for a successfully managed and established family business.

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Roland Mack: Lord of the roller coasters

The entrepreneur Roland Mack is behind the "Europa-Park" in Rust. From 1975 he built one of the most successful amusement parks in Europe from 15 hectares of land away from Germany's population centers. The author Benno Stieber created an exciting portrait of the busy family entrepreneur in his book. During his research, the author had access to the company's close environment and tells numerous anecdotes from the life of Roland Mac. The biography is not only ideal reading for amusement park fans. The book shows how you can create a successful and organic growth as a family business with a lot of energy, innovation and drive.

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“And then I will build the largest newspaper house in Europe”: The entrepreneur Axel Springer

The economic historian Tim von Arnim has for the first time created a comprehensive biography that focuses on the largest German press publisher Axel Springer. The author shows the factors that were responsible for the success and rise of the German post-war entrepreneur. It illuminates the life of the popular and controversial entrepreneur from the beginnings of the publishing house after World War II to Axel Springer's retreat in the 1970s.

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