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For good or for bad, our leaders can be powerful forces for change in the world. But who are the most impaction people to ever hold prominent positions of power? This is a list of the most important and influential leaders in the history of the world. Who are the most important world leaders? Anyone can vote on this definitive list of the men and women who shaped our civilization – for better or worse – making it a collaborative list of the greatest leaders of all time.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank these famous world leaders in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. But remember: the most influential leaders (those who changed the face of world politics and forever altered their own countries) weren't necessarily good leaders. Some famous conquerors changed the world but let destruction in their wake. Others actually worked for the good of their people and became the great leaders in history.

So, who are the historical leaders that left their permanent mark (for good or bad)? Find out below!

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George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Thomas Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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James Madison is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Charlemagne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Augustus Caesar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Thomas Paine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Otto von Bismarck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Otto von Bismarck Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.

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Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Elizabeth I of England is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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John Locke is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Joan of Arc is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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William the Conqueror is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Peter the Great is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Peter the Great Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the greatest Tsar ever.

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Constantine the Great is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Mustafa Kemal Atatürk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Moses is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Moses

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Mother Teresa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Catherine II of Russia is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor Great German King, stopped the Magyar invasion of Europe in 955. Founder of the Holy Roman Empire in 962.

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Arminius is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Arminius Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors with his great victory in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in the year 9.

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James Monroe is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Leif Erikson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Leif Ericson Brave Viking explorer, discovered Vinland (America) in circa 1000 AD.

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Alfred the Great is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Richard I of England is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Richard I. of England Great English king and Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, glorious crusader, scored much great victories against Muslim armies.

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Jesus Christ is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Leonidas I is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Attila the Hun is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Nebuchadnezzar II is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Mehmed the Conqueror is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Martin Luther is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Joseph Stalin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Salah al-Din is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Suleiman the Magnificent is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Suleyman The Magnificent The Shadow of God and The Great Khan

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William I is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
William I., German Emperor Founder of the Second German Empire. Together with his Minister President Bismarck he united Prussia and the North-Western principalities to the North German Confederation in 1866. Five years later, the North German ...

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Cleopatra is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History
Cleopatra

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Pericles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Important Leaders in World History