Michael Jordaan, Rain mobile, Bank Zero, FNB
Michael Jordaan's bulging bookshelf.

At any given time, former FNB CEO and now venture capitalist Michael Jordaan has more than twenty books on his reading list.

The co-founder of the telecom group rain and Bank Zero is constantly asking for reading recommendations from people whom he rates highly.

"I often ask them for books they recommend and then immediately buy or order them," he says.

"Reading is the one thing shared by all the successful people that I know."

The book Jordaan is currently recommending is 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by the Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari, who also authored the international bestsellers Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind and Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, discusses work, war, nationalism, religion, immigration and education in his latest book.

"Even if you vehemently disagree with the author, you will understand humanity so much better," Jordaan said in recent tweet.

Speaking to Business Insider South Africa, Jordaan says it is important to read books by people whose views don't necessarily correspond with yours.

"Sometimes they persuade me to change my mind." 

Here are some of the books he is planning to read in coming weeks: 

The Great Economists: How their ideas can help us today - Linda Yueh

Michael Jordaan, FNB, Bank Zero, Rain Mobile

The book explains the key thoughts of history's greatest economists and how their lives and times affected their ideas.


Alibaba: The house that Jack Ma built - Duncan Clark

Michael Jordaan, FNB, Bank Zero, Rain Mobile

The book chronicles how Ma, a former teacher, built the tech behemoth Alibaba - one of the world's most valuable companies.


Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition - Michael J. Mauboussin

Michael Jordaan, FNB, Bank Zero, Rain Mobile

Mauboussin argues that our "simplified mental routines" prevent us from coping with the complex realities inherent in important judgement calls. Yet these cognitive errors are preventable.


The Industries of the Future - Alec Ross

Michael Jordaan, FNB, Bank Zero, Rain Mobile

This book answers the 'What's next?' question. The Internet had a world-changing impact on businesses and the global community over the last twenty years. In the next ten years, change will happen even faster.


Prooi - Deon Meyer

Michael Jordaan, FNB, Bank Zero, Rain Mobile

The only novel on the list, Prooi is another Bennie Griessel whodunit.


Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World - and Why Things Are Better Than You Think - Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund

Michael Jordaan, FNB, Bank Zero, Rain Mobile

The academics reveal the 10 instincts that distort our perspectives — from our tendency to divide the world into two camps to the way we consume the media to how we perceive progress.

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