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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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  1. 1
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Alexander The Great

    97
  2. 2
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    Jesus Christ

    95
  3. 3
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Julius Caesar

    100 More
    93
  4. 4
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    Down 1123

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Napoleon Bonaparte

    1769 More
    90
  5. 5
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    Down 925

    ranked low on reranks
    George Washington

    1732 More
    90
  6. 6
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    Down 1133

    ranked low on reranks
    Abraham Lincoln

    1809 More
    90
  7. 7
    Up 1741
    Down 1193

    often listed
    Mahatma Gandhi

    1869 More
    84
  8. 8
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    Augustus Caesar

    82
  9. 9
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    Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

    1881 More
    82
  10. 10
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    Charlemagne

    742 More
    81
  11. 11
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    Genghis Khan

    81
  12. 12
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Winston Churchill

    1874 More
    81
  13. 13
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    ranked low on reranks
    Martin Luther King Jr.

    78
  14. 14
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    Nelson Mandela

    1918 More
    77
  15. 15
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    Elizabeth I of England

    1533 More
    75
  16. 16
    Up 267
    Down 59

    Frederick the Great

    74
    added by: Polar Bear
    Defeated the Saxons and Austrians in the Silesian Wars, won several great battles in the Seven ... more
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Joan of Arc

    74
    added by: Polar Bear
    Turned the tide in the Hundred Years' War. Was burned by the British suppressors. French ... more
  18. 18
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    Down 474

    often listed &controversial
    William the Conqueror

    1028 More
    72
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    often listed
    Otto von Bismarck

    1815 More
    72
    added by: DaleGribble
    Lead to the unification of Germany in 1871, and first chancellor of the German Empire.
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    Arminius

    72
    added by: Polar Bear
    Turned the tide in the endless wars for Germanic independence against the Roman suppressors ... more
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Adolf Hitler

    1889 More
    71
  22. 22
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    Richard I. of England

    71
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great English king and Duke of Normandy in the 12th century, glorious crusader, scored much ... more
  23. 23
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    Down 54

    Leif Ericson

    71
    added by: Polar Bear
    Brave Viking explorer, discovered Vinland (America) in circa 1000 AD.
  24. 24
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    ranked low on reranks
    William I., German Emperor

    70
    added by: Polar Bear
    Founder of the Second German Empire. Together with his Minister President Bismarck he united ... more
  25. 25
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    Down 742

    controversial
    Salah al-Din

    69
  26. 26
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    Down 284
    1743 More
    69
  27. 27
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

    68
  28. 28
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    often listed &controversial
    Vladimir Lenin

    68
  29. 29
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Constantine the Great

    272 More
    68
  30. 30
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Alfred the Great

    849 More
    67
  31. 31
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    Down 147

    Moses

    67
  32. 32
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    ranked low on reranks
    Sultan Mehmed II

    66
  33. 33
    Up 210
    Down 35

    ranked low on reranks
    Eric the Red

    64
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great viking explorer. Founded the first European settlement in Greenland.
  34. 34
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    Down 33

    ranked high on reranks
    Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden

    64
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great Swedish king, turned the tide in the 30 years war for the protestant side.
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    1706 More
    64
  36. 36
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Pericles

    495 More
    63
  37. 37
    Up 178
    Down 28

    T. E. Lawrence of Arabia

    63
    added by: Polar Bear
    British Army officer, led the Arabian revolt against the Ottoman suppressors.
  38. 38
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    Down 276

    often listed
    Hannibal

    63
  39. 39
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    Down 53

    ranked low on reranks
    Augustus II the Strong

    1670 More
    62
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great and strong ruler of Saxony and King of Poland since 1697, patronizer of culture and ... more
  40. 40
    Up 174
    Down 28

    Philip II of Macedon

    62
    added by: Polar Bear
  41. 41
    Up 163
    Down 35

    Dmitry Donskoy

    61
    added by: Polar Bear
    Defeated the Tatars at the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380. First step of the liberation of the ... more
  42. 42
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    ranked low on reranks
    Selim I

    61
  43. 43
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    often listed &controversial
    Hammurabi

    1792 More
    60
  44. 44
    Up 105
    Down 13

    Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor

    60
    added by: Polar Bear
    Great Habsburg king and emperor, established the Habsburg dynasty in Spain.
  45. 45
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    ranked low on reranks
    atilla the hun

    60
    added by: kismarton0707
  46. 46
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Joseph Stalin

    1878 More
    60
  47. 47
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    ranked high on reranks
    Suleyman The Magnificent

    59
    added by: ozgursuer
    The Shadow of God and The Great Khan
  48. 48
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    1882 More
    59
  49. 49
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    ranked high on reranks
    Otto I the Great, Holy Roman Emperor

    59
    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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    Down 47

    ranked low on reranks
    Peter the Great

    1672 More
    59
    added by: Polar Bear
    Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the ... more
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