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The Most Important Leaders in World History

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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 in human history.

Visionaries, pragmatists, conquerors, and humanitarians all share this list. Rank them in terms of importance and add anyone you see missing. So, who are the most impacting world leaders in history?

List Criteria: Note: "Most important" or "most influential" does not equal "best"

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      Alexander The Great

      96
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      Napoleon Bonaparte

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      90
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      84
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      82
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      81
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      Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

      1881 More
      81
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      Martin Luther King Jr.

      77
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      1918 More
      76
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      75
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      Joan of Arc

      73
      added by: Polar Bear
      Turned the tide in the Hundred Years' War. Was burned by the British suppressors. French ... more
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      Adolf Hitler

      1889 More
      73
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      71
      added by: DaleGribble
      Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.
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      Frederick the Great

      71
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      Defeated the Saxons and Austrians in the Silesian Wars, won several great battles in the Seven ... more
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      1743 More
      71
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      71
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      Moses

      67
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      Leif Ericson

      67
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      Brave Viking explorer, discovered Vinland (America) in circa 1000 AD.
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      67
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      Arminius

      67
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      Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors ... more
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      66
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      66
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      Richard I. of England

      65
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      Great English king and Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, glorious crusader, scored much ... more
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      Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

      65
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      Sultan Mehmed II

      64
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      William I., German Emperor

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      Founder of the Second German Empire. Together with his Minister President Bismarck he united ... more
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      63
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      Hannibal

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      atilla the hun

      61
      added by: kismarton0707
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      Joseph Stalin

      1878 More
      61
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      Eric the Red

      61
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      Great viking explorer. Founded the first European settlement in Greenland.
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      Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the ... more
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      Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden

      60
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      Great Swedish king, turned the tide in the 30 years war for the protestant side.
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      60
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      Selim I

      60
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      Suleyman The Magnificent

      60
      added by: ozgursuer
      The Shadow of God and The Great Khan
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      Philip II of Macedon

      60
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      T. E. Lawrence of Arabia

      59
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      British Army officer, led the Arabian revolt against the Ottoman suppressors.
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      Augustus II the Strong

      1670 More
      59
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      Great and strong ruler of Saxony and King of Poland since 1697, patronizer of culture and ... more
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      58
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      UMAR IBN AL KHATTAB

      58
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      1917 More
      58
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      Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

      58
      added by: AyeshaSaddiqua
      A great lawyer and politician of 20th century.He is the founder of The Islamic Republic of ... more
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      Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor

      58
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      Great German King, stopped the Magyar invasion of Europe in 955. Founder of the Holy Roman ... more
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      Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor

      58
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      Great Habsburg king and emperor, established the Habsburg dynasty in Spain.
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      Theoderic the Great

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      Great Ostrogothic king, defeated Italian king Odoacer. Temporary united Ostrogoths and ...
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