According to studies, wealthy people have one thing in common. No, it’s not their money. No, it’s not their academic background. It’s not even their tenacity, grit, or never-give-up attitude.

Wealthy people would rather choose to be educated than entertained.

According to Steve Siebold who studied over 1,200 wealthy people, “Walk into a wealthy person’s home and one of the first things you’ll see is an extensive library of books they’ve used to educate themselves on how to become more successful. The middle class reads novels, tabloids, and entertainment magazines.”

The rich – no matter how busy – will find time to read.

If you’re not an avid reader, you don’t have to be like Bill Gates who reads at least two books a week. Instead of frying your brain while watching television or just endlessly scrolling through Facebook, start reading one chapter a day. A chapter will only ask around an hour or two from you.

Here are 10 books you need to read if you want to control your money (Related: 6 Personal Finance Books Women Must Read)

10 Finance Books for Women Who Want to Control Their Money

Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth by Mika Brzezinski

This one is for career women who have to work for someone who does not see what they can do and the value of their skills. No, it will not teach you to be entitled. It will teach how to hone your skills, how to level it up, and how to raise the bar in every aspect of your life so that you can get what you’re worth. Read this book before you ask for a raise.

Why Women Should Rule the World by Dee Dee Myers

Most books will tell women that women can do things men can do. Instead of arguing that, Myers portrays the strengths that women can leverage on. This is a great book for anyone fighting an uphill battle for leadership roles.

On My Own Two Feet: A Modern Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance by Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar

It’s practical and it’s easy to read. Learn how to fix your debt and why you need to have an extensive financial IQ. This is best for women who just graduated from school or will graduate from school.

Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success by Claire Shipman and Katty Kay

Shipman and Kay are journalists who know the struggle of trying to balance the work-life schedule. In this book, they teach women how to not have this a work-life balance by concentrating on turning it into one whole life balance instead.

The New Working Woman’s Guide to Retirement Planning: Saving and Investing for a Secure Future by Martha Priddy Patterson

This book will show you why retirement is different and a little bit more difficult for women. It also provides practical solutions. Best to read this as early as possible since retirement beats the slow turtle.

Emotional Currency: A Woman’s Guide to Building a Healthy Relationship with Money by Kate Levinson

Having to be financially dependent is daunting. It can be exciting and frightening to be responsible for your financial life. This book will give you a fresh approach to navigating your emotions towards money. This one is highly recommended for those who have money anxieties.

Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny by Suze Orman

A list of financial books for women will never be complete without anything by Suze Orman. Orman bravely asks “Why is it that women, who are so competent in all other areas of their lives, cannot find the same competence when it comes to matters of money?”

This book explores the dysfunctional relationship between money and women. It’s a good book for anyone who needs to learn how to be emotionally and mentally aware of money, financial security, and financial freedom.

Smart Women Don’t Retire – They Break Free: From Working Full-Time to Living Full-Time by Gail Rentsch

This book will clearly show the big difference between being financially secure and financially free. It will teach you how to live your life to the fullest by being financially smart. Definitely a good book for anyone who believes that money is just the tool and never the goal.

 10 Finance Books for Women Who Want to Control Their Money

Smart Women Protect Their Assets: Essential Information for Every Woman about Wills, Trusts, and More by Wynne Whitman

If you have no idea how estate planning works, get this book. It will teach you everything you need to know so that your assets won’t just be stripped off when you are taken out of the picture. This book is for women who need to protect their hard-earned assets – and that means every woman.

The Everything Guide to Personal Finance for Single Mothers: A Step-by-Step Plan for Achieving Financial Independent by Susan Reynolds and Robert Bexton

Single mothers, especially young ones, need to take care of their future and their child’s future. The anxiety about having to be responsible for a child on their own cannot be explained. This book will help a lot if you are one of them. It will give you practical and inspirational tips and practices that you can use to attain a secured future for you and your bundle of joy.

It’s never too late to be a bookworm. Beyond being a bookworm, it’s never too late to learn and become the woman you want to be. Financial IQ is very important and we must all strive to increase it on a daily basis if we want to control our money and our life.

Have fun reading!

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Anna Haotanto is the Advisor (former CEO) of The New Savvy. She is currently the COO of ABZD Capital and the CMO of Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment firm focusing on opportunities in the global F&B industry. She is part of the founding committee of the Singapore FinTech Association and heads the Women In FinTech and Partnership Committee. Anna is the President of the Singapore Management University Women Alumni. Anna invests and sits on the board of a few startups. Anna is also part of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry Career Women’s Group executive committee. Anna’s story is featured on Millionaire Minds on Channel NewsAsia. She hosts TV shows and events, namely for Channel NewsAsia’s “The Millennial Investor” and “Challenge Tomorrow”, a FinTech documentary. Anna was awarded “Her Times Youth Award” at the Rising50 Women Empowerment Gala, organised by the Indonesian Embassy of Singapore. The award was presented by His Excellency Ngurah Swajaya. She was also awarded Founder of the Year for ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. She was also awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Asian Business & Social Forum. Anna has been awarded LinkedIn Power Profiles for founders (2018, 2017), Tatler Gen T, The Peak’s Trailblazers under 40 and a nominee for the Women of The Future award by Aviva


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