Napoleon Hill

1883 - 1970

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Oliver Napoleon Hill (October 26, 1883 – November 8, 1970) was an American self-help author. He is best known for his book Think and Grow Rich (1937), which is among the best-selling self-help books of all time. Hill's works insisted that fervid expectations are essential to improving one's life. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Napoleon Hill has received more than 3,451,041 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Napoleon Hill is the 599th most popular writer (down from 336th in 2019), the 608th most popular biography from United States (down from 313th in 2019) and the 60th most popular American Writer.

Napoleon Hill is most famous for his book, Think and Grow Rich. The book is a self-help book that teaches people how to become wealthy by applying the principles of success.

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Notable Works

Napoleon Hill's Keys to Success
Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude
The authors reveal the secrets of PMA, a way to achieve everything from job satisfaction to good health.
The think and grow rich action pack
The Law of Success, Volume I
Think and grow rich
A guide to success covers issues such as prejudice and poverty, and includes the success stories of Oprah Winfrey, Don King, and John Johnson, founder of "Ebony" magazine
The Master-Key to Riches


Among writers, Napoleon Hill ranks 599 out of 7,302Before him are Publius Flavius Vegetius Renatus, Ismail Gaspirali, Theodore Dreiser, John Donne, Madame de La Fayette, and Hermann Broch. After him are Lion Feuchtwanger, Karl Kraus, Judah Halevi, Pierre Loti, Dimitrie Cantemir, and Erich Kästner.

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Among people born in 1883, Napoleon Hill ranks 29Before him are Theo van Doesburg, Archduchess Elisabeth Marie of Austria, Johannes Blaskowitz, Celâl Bayar, Wang Jingwei, and Andrey Vyshinsky. After him are Angela Hitler, Douglas Fairbanks, Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, Peter Kürten, Mohammed Nadir Shah, and A. S. Neill. Among people deceased in 1970, Napoleon Hill ranks 28Before him are Semyon Timoshenko, Leslie Groves, C. V. Raman, Eric Berne, Jochen Rindt, and Andrey Yeryomenko. After him are Vladimir Propp, Artem Mikoyan, Bruce McLaren, Heinrich Brüning, Frances Farmer, and Bourvil.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Napoleon Hill ranks 608 out of 20,380Before him are Goldie Hawn (1945), Ellen G. White (1827), Ice-T (1958), Jada Pinkett Smith (1971), Theodore Dreiser (1871), and Telly Savalas (1922). After him are Matthew Perry (1969), Milton H. Erickson (1901), Margaret Mead (1901), Val Kilmer (1959), Glenn Miller (1904), and Martin Landau (1928).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Napoleon Hill ranks 60Before him are Sidney Sheldon (1917), William S. Burroughs (1914), James Baldwin (1924), Allen Ginsberg (1926), Ellen G. White (1827), and Theodore Dreiser (1871). After him are John Irving (1942), Louisa May Alcott (1832), Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875), Michael Crichton (1942), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), and Harper Lee (1926).