W Clement Stone (Self-Help Author)


William Clement Stone was a businessman, philanthropist and New Thought self-help book author.

About W Clement Stone

Self-help author, entrepreneur, and philanthropist associated with the New Thought movement. He is perhaps best known for a memoir entitled The Success System That Never Fails.

Before Fame

He managed a Chicago newsstand when he was just thirteen years old. At sixteen, he became a highly successful insurance salesman.


In 1919, he founded the Combined Insurance Company of America, which quickly grew into a billion-dollar enterprise.

Family Life

He was raised by his mother on the South Side of Chicago and grew up in poverty.


He was inspired by author Napoleon Hill‘s revolutionary self-help book, Think and Grow Rich. He and Hill later co-wrote a book called Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude.

Information related to W. Clement Stone

  • Philanthropists from Illinois
  • New Thought writers
  • American self-help writers
  • Businesspeople from Chicago

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