Six Books Fundamental to Guilherme Benchimol’s Entrepreneurial Career

Significant business figures like Warren Buffet and Bill Gates have made regular reading a part of their lives and businesses and extolled the benefits. Guilherme Benchimol, CEO of XP Group, is no exception in this regard.

In business, Guilherme Benchimol developed the concept for XP Investimentos when he was 25. He has since devoted his time to realizing its potential. XP now has an active base of 980,000 clients and $215 billion in funds under management.

This is a list of six books selected by Benchimol as highly-influential in his success.

Collins and Porras review 18 companies that have stayed standing over time and examine characteristics that led to long-term success. The book has been a source of perspective for Benchimol in creating companies that last.

This book takes a look at the concept of exponential organizations and the industry-changing impact of companies such as Amazon, Airbnb, Uber and Github. For Guilherme Benchimol, the book was an insight into companies adopting technological trends at critical moments in history.

  • It Starts With Food by Dallas Hartwig and Melissa Hartwig

The book sets up a 30-day plan for developing a relationship with food and nutrition. It builds strategies for eliminating wrong foods and gaining long-term health benefits.

  • Good to Great by Jim Collins

How do some companies, good or bad, hold up over time? The authors compiled their observations on companies built from the start for sustainability.

  • The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition by Caroline Alexander

Alexander recounts the events and difficulties in the 1914 expedition to Antarctica. The book deals with topics of endurance and camaraderie.

  • If I Knew Then What I Know Now by Richard Edler

The universal question: what do you know now that you would want to know 25 years ago? The author puts it to professionals, from presidents to advertisers, and relays tips for sound decision-making.