Bill Gates gives vent to passions wherever he goes. He is one of the most famous people in the world for a reason. Since he founded the most important computer company in the world (Microsoft) with his friend Paul Allen in 1975, Gates is part of what’s happening on the planet.

And as usual, the Seattle-born genius wanted to recommend a series of books for this Christmas. And that’s what Bill Gates she loves to give book recommendations whenever she can.

Luckily, their recommendations are always very different and usually do not cover the same topics, as you will see in a moment, for the evidence we present today is the most scattered. No genre or theme is repeated.

Definitely, Bill Gates lived long enough to prove that you can be a billionaire and care about the world around you (I hope Elon Musk takes note and leaves Twitter alone for a while).

Five Christmas books recommended by the Microsoft co-founder

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein For Bill Gates, the best introduction to science fiction for adults. “Paul Allen and I fell in love with Heinlein as children, and this book remains one of my all-time favorite science fiction novels.“, explain.

The book tells the story of a young man who returns to Earth after growing up on Mars and starts a new religion. I think the best science fiction gets you thinking about what’s possible in the future, and Heinlein was able to predict the rise of hippie culture years before it happened.

Surrender, Bono: For Bill Gates, the best rock star memoir he has ever read. This book came out this month, so it’s the latest on the list.

Whether you’re a U2 fan or not, Bill Gates says it’s great fun to read about how a kid from suburban Dublin grew up to become a world-famous rock star and philanthropist. Gates is a friend of Bono, so his opinion is not entirely impartial.

Team Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin:

Team Rivals, Doris Kearns Goodwin: For Bill Gates, the best guide to running a country. “I never read enough about Abraham Lincoln and this is one of the best books on the subject.” explains the computer genius.

For Gates, this is especially true now that the United States is once again facing violent insurrection, difficult questions about race, and deep ideological divisions. Goodwin is one of America’s finest biographers.

The Inner Game of Tennis by Robert Golvey

The Inner Game of Tennis by Robert Golvey: For Bill Gates, the best guide to getting out of any mess. This 1974 book is a must-read for anyone who plays tennis, but Gates believes that even people who have never played tennis will benefit from it.

Galwey argues that state of mind is just as important, if not more so, than physical fitness. He gives great advice on how to deal with mistakes constructively, something the philanthropist has tried to follow both on and off the track over the years.

Dream of Mendeleev by Paul Strathearn

“Mendeleev’s Dream” by Paul Strathearn: For Bill Gates, the best book on the periodic table that he has read. The history of chemistry is full of wacky characters like Dmitri Mendeleev, the Russian scientist who first proposed the periodic table after it allegedly came to him in a dream.

In Strathearn’s book, this story goes back to its origins in Ancient Greece. It’s a fascinating look at how science has evolved and how human curiosity has evolved over the millennia, at least that’s what Gates says on his personal blog where he makes recommendations.