Napoleon Hill was a famous American self-help author. He started his writing career at age 13 as a reporter for small town newspapers and later on became America's most celebrated motivational author. His legacy stands as a symbol of individual achievement and is the core of modern motivation. Hill established the Foundation as a nonprofit educational institution with the mission to perpetuate his philosophy of self-motivation, individual achievement, and leadership.
Most of his books were promoted as expounding principles to achieve "success".
Napoleon Hill is, in modern times, a controversial figure. Alleged of fraud and kidnapping, modern historians also doubt many of his claims, such as that he met Andrew Carnegie and that he was an attorney. Gizmodo has called him "the most famous conman you've probably never heard of."