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The Most Important Leaders in World History

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

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 is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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    most listed
    Alexander The Great

    97
  2. 2
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    1732 More
    89
  3. 3
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    100 More
    89
  4. 4
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    1769 More
    88
  5. 5
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    1809 More
    87
  6. 6
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    83
  7. 7
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    1869 More
    82
  8. 8
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    742 More
    81
  9. 9
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    1874 More
    81
  10. 10
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    ranked low on reranks
    Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

    1881 More
    80
  11. 11
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    Joan of Arc

    77
    added by: Polar Bear
    Turned the tide in the Hundred Years' War. Was burned by the British suppressors. French ... more
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    1533 More
    76
  13. 13
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    1815 More
    76
    added by: DaleGribble
    Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.
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    Martin Luther King Jr.

    75
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    1918 More
    75
  16. 16
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    1028 More
    73
  17. 17
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Adolf Hitler

    1889 More
    73
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    Thomas Jefferson

    1743 More
    72
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    Arminius

    67
    added by: Polar Bear
    Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors ... more
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    Benjamin Franklin

    1706 More
    66
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    Richard I. of England

    66
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great English king and Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, glorious crusader, scored much ... more
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    Leif Ericson

    66
    added by: Polar Bear
    Brave Viking explorer, discovered Vinland (America) in circa 1000 AD.
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    65
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    William I., German Emperor

    65
    added by: Polar Bear
    Founder of the Second German Empire. Together with his Minister President Bismarck he united ... more
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    Sultan Mehmed II

    65
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    849 More
    64
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    64
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    1672 More
    64
    added by: Polar Bear
    Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the ... more
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    often listed
    Joseph Stalin

    1878 More
    63
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    Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor

    63
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great German King, stopped the Magyar invasion of Europe in 955. Founder of the Holy Roman ... more
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    Suleyman The Magnificent

    61
    added by: ozgursuer
    The Shadow of God and The Great Khan
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    atilla the hun

    61
    added by: kismarton0707
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    Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden

    61
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great Swedish king, turned the tide in the 30 years war for the protestant side.
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    1917 More
    60
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    Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor

    60
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great Habsburg king and emperor, established the Habsburg dynasty in Spain.
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    60
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    Pericles

    495 More
    60
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    1882 More
    60
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    Augustus II the Strong

    1670 More
    59
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great and strong ruler of Saxony and King of Poland since 1697, patronizer of culture and ... more
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    Eric the Red

    59
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great viking explorer. Founded the first European settlement in Greenland.
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    1952 More
    59
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    1792 More
    58
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    1819 More
    58
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    T. E. Lawrence of Arabia

    58
    added by: Polar Bear
    British Army officer, led the Arabian revolt against the Ottoman suppressors.
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    UMAR IBN AL KHATTAB

    57
    added by: AkbarAliParyani
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    Theoderic the Great

    57
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great Ostrogothic king, defeated Italian king Odoacer. Temporary united Ostrogoths and ...
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    Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor

    57
    added by: Polar Bear
    Ruler of the Holy Roman and the Spanish Empire during the time of the Conquistadores. Ruled ... more
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    Dmitry Donskoy

    57
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    Defeated the Tatars at the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380. First step of the liberation of the ... more
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    Philip II of Macedon

    56
    added by: Polar Bear
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    Mao Zedong

    1893 More
    56
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