W. Clement Stone
W. Clement Stone, "who parlayed $100 in savings into an insurance empire that financed millions of dollars of contributions to the campaigns of Richard M. Nixon and hundreds of millions to charities, died [in 2002]...
"He built the Combined Insurance Company of America through the constant expansion of the single agency he started in Chicago in 1922. By 1930, he had 1,000 agents across the United States selling insurance for him as representatives for large casualty companies...
"He called his books "inspirational self-help action books" but it was the Bible, he said, that was "the world’s greatest self-help book."
"A generous backer of Republicans, he contributed to Richard M. Nixon-with whom he bonded because of interest in the Boys Clubs-and was named a trustee of the Nixon Foundation. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his philosophy and his philanthropy, including the W. Clement and Jessie V. Stone Foundation." 
- Emeritus Chair, Napoleon Hill Foundation
His wife was Jessie Verna Stone.
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- Clement Stone Dies at 100; Built Empire on Optimism, New York Times, accessed December 15, 2008.
- Historical Life, Napoleon Hill Foundation, accessed December 15, 2008.