CFO summer reading list

Private Funds CFO has compiled a shortlist of what some CFOs are reading this summer.

Craig Friou
Deputy CFO, EnCap Investments

Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz

“My reading list was exclusively finance related books for 20 years, and lately I’ve taken interest in any topic but finance.”

Also reading: The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes by Bryan Burrough



Sandra Kim-Suk
CFO, NorWest Equity Partners

Plague of Corruption: Restoring Faith in the Promise of Science by Judy Mikovits and Kent Heckenlively
  • The Absent Superpower by Peter Zeihan
  • The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth
    about Food and Flavor
    by Mark Schatzker
  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

“I also have four or five fiction titles on my list but if I get through one of the above and one fiction title over the summer that would be an accomplishment!”



Blinn Cirella
CFO, Saw Mill Capital

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

 “I have a close friend who is religious, and I want to better understand her.”

Also reading: Becoming by Michelle Obama; Three Women by Lisa Taddeo




Dimitri KorvyakovDimitri Korvyakov
CFO, Sandton Capital

Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty

“This book came out right at the beginning of the pandemic. I meant to go to a presentation by Thomas Piketty in NYC, but it was canceled.”

Also reading: Bold Endeavors: How Our Government Built America, and Why It Must Rebuild Now by Felix Rohatyn


Jason Murphy, CFO, Riverside

Jason Murphy
Management company CFO, The Riverside Company

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

“Funny enough [this book] has been sitting on my desk at the office, which I haven’t seen in a couple of months.”

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith

“This one is sitting on my desk here at home but I haven’t gotten to that either. With an eight and a 10-year old and no sports or summer camps, I’m not sure I’m going to get to any books this summer.”

Other recommendations:

1 Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

2 A Short History of Financial Euphoria by John Kenneth Galbraith

3 The Smartest Guys in the Room: The Amazing Rise and Scandalous Fall of Enron by Bethany McLean