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The American business magnate, investor, philanthropist and author shares his top holiday reads.

He’s the former child genius whose software company, Microsoft, revolutionised personal computers. And today, he is one of the world’s wealthiest and most industrious philanthropists: donating billions to enhance healthcare, end poverty and expand education around the world. So, naturally, when Bill Gates talks, people tend to listen. At Penguin Books, we’re thrilled that he’s selected several of our beloved titles in his annual (Northern Hemisphere) summer reading list. Here are seven of Gates’ 2020 picks.

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