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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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    Alexander The Great

    96
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    100 More
    90
  3. 3
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    90
  4. 4
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    most listed
    Napoleon Bonaparte

    1769 More
    90
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    1809 More
    89
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    1869 More
    84
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    83
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    81
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    81
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    Mustafa Kemal Atatürk

    1881 More
    80
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    Martin Luther King Jr.

    77
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    1918 More
    77
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    74
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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
    72
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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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    71
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    Frederick the Great

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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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    70
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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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    Arminius

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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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    65
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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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    Sultan Mehmed II

    64
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    Siddhartha Gautama Buddha

    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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    atilla the hun

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    added by: kismarton0707
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    Hannibal

    61
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    Joseph Stalin

    1878 More
    61
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    added by: Polar Bear
    Important Russian Tsar from 1682 - 1721, enforced the Europeanisation of Russia. Maybe the ... more
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    Suleyman The Magnificent

    60
    added by: ozgursuer
    The Shadow of God and The Great Khan
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    Eric the Red

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    Great viking explorer. Founded the first European settlement in Greenland.
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    59
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    ranked high on reranks
    UMAR IBN AL KHATTAB

    58
    added by: AkbarAliParyani
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    58
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    Augustus II the Strong

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    58
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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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    Theoderic the Great

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    Great Ostrogothic king, defeated Italian king Odoacer. Temporary united Ostrogoths and ...
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    56
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    Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden

    56
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    Great Swedish king, turned the tide in the 30 years war for the protestant side.
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jr.

    1914 More
    55
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    1925 More
    55
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    Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah

    54
    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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